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July 18, 2021

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MLB draft tracker updates: Results and analysis for every 2021 first-round pick

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It’s 2021 MLB draft day at the Bellco Theatre in Denver. The Pittsburgh Pirates started the night by selecting Louisville catcher Henry Davis with the No. 1 overall pick, followed by the Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles, with the first 36 picks of this year’s......

MLB Power Rankings: Who is No. 1 before the All-Star break?

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With the season’s halfway mark arriving in the coming days, the teams at the top of our MLB Power Rankings have started to separate themselves from the pack while those at the bottom might already be thinking about next year as the trade deadline approaches. Did the Los Angeles Dodgers,......

Rays Use Five Pitchers in Seven-Inning No-Hitter

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe If 2021 is the year of the no-hitter, then Wednesday provided us with the most 2021 no-hitter of all. Five Rays pitchers combined to throw seven no-hit innings in Tampa Bay’s 4-0 win over Cleveland, in what was......

MLB Power Rankings: Who is No. 1 at the season’s halfway point?

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With the season’s halfway mark arriving in the coming days, the teams at the top of our MLB Power Rankings have started to separate themselves from the pack while those at the bottom might already be thinking about next year as the trade deadline approaches. Did the Los Angeles Dodgers,......

MLB Power Rankings: Padres Surge While Yankees Tumble

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Rays’ Wander Franco Is Already Playing Like a Veteran

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Stephanie Apstein Welcome to The Opener, where every weekday morning you’ll get a fresh, topical column to start your day from one of SI.com’s MLB writers. In 20-year-old Wander Franco’s heavily anticipated major league debut on Tuesday, he homered and......

MLB Power Rankings: There’s a new No. 1 on our final list of June

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After a short stay at the top of the list by the Tampa Bay Rays, a new team has passed the defending AL champs as No. 1 in our final MLB Power Rankings of June. Did the San Francisco Giants finally impress our voters enough to move to the top......

MLB Power Rankings: Rays, White Sox Fall as New No. 1 Emerges

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Will Laws The rhythms of a six-month baseball season can create a quirky paradox. The day-in, day-out schedule means there’s always something new to react to, while the magnitude of a single game is relatively insignificant when it’s just one......

Report: Rays to Call Up Top Prospect Wander Franco

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Nick Selbe At long last, it’s Wander time. After losing six consecutive games—including four walk-off defeats—the Rays are reportedly calling up shortstop Wander Franco from Triple-A Durham, according to Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Franco is expected to......

Fantasy Baseball Waiver Wire: Keep your Bats Torrid and pick up Luis Torrens

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MLB Power Rankings: Did key injuries shake up our top five?

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After a shortened 60-game 2020 MLB season, we’re already past that point in baseball’s return to a 162-game schedule with the All-Star break now less than a month away. What does that mean for your favorite team in our Week 11 MLB Power Rankings? The Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago......

Glasnow blames MLB crackdown for UCL injury

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CHICAGO — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow sounded off on Major League Baseball’s crackdown of foreign substances Tuesday after he was diagnosed with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament and a flexor tendon strain. Glasnow said, in advance of MLB’s initiative, he did away with using sunscreen — the......

Rays’ Glasnow Blames MLB’s Crackdown for Elbow Injury

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2021 MLB Betting Futures Update – White Sox Biggest Movers; Now Top A.L. Favorites

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MLB Power Rankings: Taking Stock as Teams Clear the 60-Game Mark

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MLB Betting Plays for Friday, June 11 – Follow the Sharp Action on These Four Matchups

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SI – For more and to sign up click here Frankie Taddeo As the calendar flips to summer and NFL training camp battles ramp up, it is now time for sports bettors to focus their bankrolls on Major League Baseball. It has been going on for over a month in......

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......

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