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 Posted: Sun Apr 30th, 2017 05:06 am
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Even if he's not hitting like he did with the St. Louis Cardinals, Albert Pujols isn't finished writing his name in baseball's record books.

With a three-run homer that put the Los Angeles Angels permanently ahead of the Texas Rangers 6-3 Friday night, Pujols passed Rafael Palmeiro for the most RBIs in MLB history by a player born outside the United States with 1,838.

It took Palmeiro 2,831 games over parts of 20 seasons to collect 1,835 RBIs. Pujols passed him in only 2,450 games.

The RBIs also pushed him ahead of Ken Griffey Jr. for 15th on the all-time RBI leaders list. The next run he drives in will tie him with Ted Williams for 14th.

Born in Santo Domingo of the Dominican Republic, Pujols was selected by the Cardinals in the 13th round of the 1999 amateur draft. At age 21, he debuted with a smash, hitting .329 with 37 home runs and 130 RBIs. Though he's dealt with lingering plantar fasciitis, he's only failed to play 100 games in a season once in his 16 seasons (excluding 2017).

Friday's home run was also the 594th of his career as he creeps closer to Sammy Sosa (609) for eighth on the all-time list.

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The Washington Nationals' biggest offseason acquisition will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Outfielder Adam Eaton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with what the team is calling a left knee strain.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, though results of the test have yet to be revealed. There's still no timetable for his return.

"We're hopeful it's not as serious as it looked," manager Dusty Baker said on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

Eaton sustained the injury while running out a ground ball for an infield single in the ninth inning of Friday's contest against the New York Mets. When he stretched across first base to beat the throw, he stepped on the bag awkwardly and immediately fell to the ground in pain. He had to be carried off the field by Nationals trainers and manager Dusty Baker.

Losing Eaton for any amount of time would be a significant blow to Washington's championship hopes. Acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster offseason trade, he has since fit perfectly into the top of his new team's lineup, slashing .297/.393/.462 with two homers, three stolen bases, and 24 runs scored while hitting out of both the leadoff and No. 2 slots.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals recalled outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Eaton's spot on the 25-man roster. The 24-year-old Dominican is ranked as the Nationals' No. 13 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and owns a .680 OPS and three stolen bases in 19 Triple-A contests.

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As the New York Mets continue to deal with a barrage of injuries, the team received some promising news with the announcement Noah Syndergaard will start Sunday's game against the Washington Nationals.

Thor missed his previous start with what was initially described as a "tired arm" but was later diagnosed as biceps tendinitis. Typically, if a high-profile starter has any sort of injury concern with their arm, they'll undergo an MRI. Syndergaard was scheduled for the exam Friday, according to ESPN, but skipped it, threw a bullpen session, and declared he was ready to go.

"I'm pretty in tune with my body," Syndergaard said Saturday, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. "That's exactly why I refused to take the MRI. I knew there was nothing happening in there."

Syndergaard's reaction was a surprise to general manager Sandy Alderson, who admitted to reporters, "I can't strap him down and throw him in the tube."

Alderson is instead left hoping his 24-year-old ace is right.

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Your updated AL home run leaderboard:

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Justice is now being served in record fashion.

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge continued his extraordinary start to 2017 by homering for the 10th time this month in the seventh inning against the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday to tie the MLB record for home runs by a rookie in April.

"He's probably the most gifted baseball player I think I've ever been around," Matt Holliday, a 14-year veteran, told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch of Judge on Friday.

On top of tying the record for homers by a rookie in April, Judge is now one of just three Yankees ever to record double-digit long-balls in the first month of the season, joining Graig Nettles (11) and Alex Rodriguez (14).

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The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without right-hander Shelby Miller for at least the next 12 months, as the 26-year-old announced Saturday he will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the partially torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

"It's the best decision I think we could make," Miller told reporters Saturday afternoon, two days after his initial diagnosis - a partially torn UCL and flexor tendon strain - was confirmed by noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews.

A surgery date has not yet been set for Miller, who exited his most recent start with forearm arm tightness and was transferred to the 60-day disabled list four days later. Initially, Miller considered non-surgical options to repair his elbow, but conceded he would likely miss an extended period of time, regardless.

"It sucks," Miller told Nick Piecoro of AZCentral on Thursday. "It's not good news. You never want to be put in this kind of situation and never would you ever think it would happen to you, but it is what it is. It's one of those things you can’t really control. I’m pretty torn up for not being able to pitch for a while."

Acquired by the Diamondbacks two winters ago in a much-maligned trade that sent former No. 1 pick Dansby Swanson, outfielder Ender Inciarte, and right-hander Aaron Blair to the Atlanta Braves, Miller was a disaster in the first season with Arizona, stumbling to a 6.15 ERA over 20 starts while missing time with various injuries. Miller, an All-Star in 2014, got off to a strong start this year, throwing with renewed velocity and putting up a 3.50 ERA over three starts before his elbow tightened up Sunday in his fourth outing of the young season.

It's not yet clear who will replace Miller in the Diamondbacks' rotation. Archie Bradley, a former top prospect who has thrived early this season in a relief role, is a candidate to take the vacant starting job, though the club could also promote either Braden Shipley or Anthony Banda from Triple-A Reno to take his spot.

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The Eric Thames home-run watch continues, as do his drug tests.

The rejuvenation of the 30-year-old slugger has been one of baseball's most discussed stories and it's also captured the league's attention. Thames underwent yet another drug test following the conclusion of Friday's game.

This would be Thames' third test in 10 days, according to Tom Haudricot of the Journal Sentinel, and his fourth of the young season.

His previous "random" assessment and third of the year came after he hit his league-leading 11th home run against the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday. The homer put Thames in the Milwaukee Brewers' record books, as he became the first player to reach that total in April.


Thames was harmonious about the third test, saying at the time that he has a lot of blood and urine and would be around anytime the league wanted to evaluate him.

At this rate, he'll need to keep a full inventory of his bodily fluids. Thames enters Saturday's game hitting .364/.484/.870 with a 1.9 WAR. He's also tied with 2015 NL MVP Bryce Harper in runs scored with 28.

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lobo316 wrote: The Washington Nationals' biggest offseason acquisition will be unavailable for the foreseeable future.

Outfielder Adam Eaton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with what the team is calling a left knee strain.

The 28-year-old was scheduled to undergo an MRI on Saturday, though results of the test have yet to be revealed. There's still no timetable for his return.

"We're hopeful it's not as serious as it looked," manager Dusty Baker said on Saturday, according to The Associated Press.

Eaton sustained the injury while running out a ground ball for an infield single in the ninth inning of Friday's contest against the New York Mets. When he stretched across first base to beat the throw, he stepped on the bag awkwardly and immediately fell to the ground in pain. He had to be carried off the field by Nationals trainers and manager Dusty Baker.

Losing Eaton for any amount of time would be a significant blow to Washington's championship hopes. Acquired from the White Sox in a blockbuster offseason trade, he has since fit perfectly into the top of his new team's lineup, slashing .297/.393/.462 with two homers, three stolen bases, and 24 runs scored while hitting out of both the leadoff and No. 2 slots.

In a corresponding move, the Nationals recalled outfielder Rafael Bautista from Triple-A Syracuse to fill Eaton's spot on the 25-man roster. The 24-year-old Dominican is ranked as the Nationals' No. 13 prospect by MLB Pipeline, and owns a .680 OPS and three stolen bases in 19 Triple-A contests.




Washington Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, sources told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.
Eaton left Friday's game against the New York Mets in the ninth inning with the help of the team's training staff after landing awkwardly on first base. He was placed on the disabled list Saturday after undergoing an MRI which revealed a sprain in his left knee.
The disastrous development comes with the Nationals entering Saturday leading the league in wins. They also own the second-best run differential (plus-30). In Eaton's absence, the team is expected to use Michael Taylor in center field and keep Trea Turner, who started 44 games there last season, at shortstop.
Washington acquired Eaton in a blockbuster offseason deal, sending the Chicago White Sox three of its top prospects - Lucas Giolito, Dane Dunning, and Reynaldo Lopez - in exchange. The diminutive Eaton has been one of baseball's most productive outfielders over the past few years, compiling 15.4 WAR and a .290/.362/.422 line since 2014.
In his first 23 games with the Nationals, he hit .297/.393/.462 with two home runs and 13 RBIs. Eaton's on an extremely reasonable contract - he'll earn a combined $18.4 million until 2019, and has a $9.5-million team option in 2020 followed by a $10.5-million team option in 2021.

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Make that two cycles in the same week.

Carlos Gomez became the third player this season to accomplish the feat, hitting a 427-foot home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Saturday off Los Angeles Angeles reliever Jose Valdez.

San Diego Padres first baseman Wil Myers and Washington Nationals shortstop Trea Turner are the other players to hit for the cycle this season, both doing so in the hitter-friendly confines of Coors Field in Colorado. Myers' came on April 10 and Turner completed the feat Tuesday.

Impressively, it was the second cycle of Gomez's career and the first cycle hit by a Rangers player since Adrian Beltre in 2015. Gomez did it the first time as a 22-year-old in 2008 with the Minnesota Twins, becoming the fifth player in major-league history to hit a reverse natural cycle (home run, triple, double, single).

In his first at-bat Saturday, he doubled, losing one of his cleats in the process. He followed that with a single, an RBI triple in the bottom of the fifth, and finally a two-run blast in his last plate appearance.

The three cycles so far in 2017 have already tied last year's total - and it's only May.

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This is the New York Mets' worst nightmare.

Noah Syndergaard was removed from his start versus the Washington Nationals after just 1 1/3 innings with an apparent injury. Syndergaard grabbed underneath his right arm in noticeable pain following each of his final two pitches, and left the game aided by Mets staff.

The Mets described Syndergaard's injury as a "possible lat strain." He's left the team and is returning to New York, where he'll undergo an MRI.

The injury comes just one day after Syndergaard refused to undergo an MRI despite missing a start due to a biceps issue that was initially described as a "tired arm."

"I'm pretty in tune with my body," Syndergaard said on Saturday when asked about his refusal of the test. "That's exactly why I refused to take the MRI. I knew there was nothing happening in there."

Before leaving Sunday's game, the 24-year-old tied his career worst single inning by allowing five earned runs in the opening frame.

Syndergaard is the latest Met to suffer an injury this month, continuing what's become a dreadful string of games for the quickly sinking Queens club. Star slugger Yoenis Cespedes hit the DL this week with a hamstring injury, and he joined a laundry list of Mets who were already disabled, including pitcher Steven Matz, first baseman Lucas Duda, and outfielder Brandon Nimmo.

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Anthony Rendon raked his way into the Washington Nationals' history books Sunday afternoon, setting a new single-game franchise record by driving in 10 runs - while going 6-for-6 with three home runs - in his club's horrifyingly lopsided 23-5 victory over the New York Mets.

With a two-run single in the first, a solo shot in the third, a three-run bomb in the fourth, a three-run double in the fifth, and another solo shot in the eighth, Rendon surged past the previous single-game franchise record for RBIs jointly held by Josh Willingham, Tim Wallach, Andre Dawson, and Chris Speier (the last three, by the way, all did it with the Montreal Expos).

Rendon, a former Silver Slugger Award winner, is also just the second player since 1920 to record six hits, three homers, and 10 RBIs in a game, joining Walker Cooper, who accomplished the feat with the Cincinnati Reds in 1949.

"That was ridiculous," Nationals starter Joe Ross told MLB.com. "I was pretty impressed when Trea (Turner) hit for the cycle the other day. I mean he had six hits and three homers. I don't think he'll ever do that again. I mean, it's pretty ridiculous. He's swinging it. Everyone's swinging it pretty well."

Before Sunday's outburst at Nationals Park, Rendon - who had never driven in more than four runs in a game since debuting with Washington in 2013 - had collected just five RBIs all season.

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New York Yankees reliever Bryan Mitchell was handed the loss on Sunday after allowing three earned runs in extra innings to the Baltimore Orioles, but at least he made it in the club's record books.

After tossing a scoreless ninth inning, Mitchell replaced regular first baseman Greg Bird in order to give way to closer Aroldis Chapman. With the unusual shift, Mitchell became the first Yankees pitcher to play a different position since Ron Guidry played center field in 1983, the team announced.

Much to Mitchell's dismay, he allowed a foul pop up off the bat of Welington Castillo to drop in the 10th inning, which led to a single. No damage was done, however, and Mitchell made up for it, this time catching a second foul pop up courtesy of Jonathan Schoop.

"I guess I just went back too far and the ball had a lot of spin. I just never actually got there," Mitchell said. "Luckily, the next one was a little closer to me."

The 26-year-old reliever replaced Chapman the following inning, giving up back-to-back singles from Mark Trumbo and Castillo.

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It appears the Toronto Blue Jays were very high on Dexter Fowler this past offseason.

The club reportedly offered the 31-year-old outfielder a four-year, $64-million deal in the winter, according to ESPN's Buster Olney.

Fowler eventually opted for greener pastures, signing a five-year, $82.5-million contract with the St. Louis Cardinals instead.

At the time of the signing, it was widely reported that the Blue Jays and Cardinals were both aggressively pursuing Fowler and that Toronto offered him a guaranteed deal worth approximately $60 million.

The Blue Jays' interest in Fowler came around the same time the club inked Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5-million deal. It was speculated that the 31-year-old preferred to sign somewhere he would be the starting center fielder, but the Blue Jays were presumably prepared to sign him with the intention of keeping the defensively gifted Kevin Pillar in center and using Fowler in either right or left field.

Fowler's decision to sign with the Cardinals eventually led to the Blue Jays circling back to Jose Bautista, signing him to a one-year, $18-million deal in January.

Fowler has struggled in 23 games with the Cardinals this year, slashing .234/.305/.415 with 25 strikeouts in 94 at-bats.

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Aaron Sanchez's return to the Toronto Blue Jays' rotation lasted all of one inning, as the club placed the 24-year-old right-hander back on the 10-day disabled list Monday, one day after he exited his start against the Tampa Bay Rays with a split nail on his right middle finger after throwing just 13 pitches.

Sanchez, who recently had part of that fingernail removed to alleviate the blister problems that forced him to the DL on April 14, started bleeding shortly after taking the mound at Rogers Centre, and as soon as he returned to the dugout after the top of the first - throwing only fastballs, he managed to navigate a three-up, three-down inning - he slammed his glove down in frustration and headed to the clubhouse. Ryan Tepera took over on the mound in the top of the second.

"I wouldn't have been out there if I (thought) it was something that would happen," Sanchez told MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm following his abbreviated outing. "We really didn't know going into today it was going to be an issue. I think, once you get into game mode, game speed, pressure on that nail starts to disperse in certain areas and maybe it wasn't strong enough because it was cut. Honestly, we don't know. We'll go from here."

With an off-day Thursday, though, the Blue Jays could conceivably skip Sanchez's upcoming turn in the rotation, meaning the embattled All-Star may miss only one start if his nail heals quickly.

"It's still frustrating, but I did everything I was supposed to do and everything I've done before to be ready for this start," Sanchez said. "It was just one of those things where you don't even think about the nail splitting in a different direction. It's just something that occurred and now that it occurred we handle it and we move on."

Including Sunday's one-inning outing, Sanchez owns a 4.05 ERA and 1.20 WHIP through three starts in 2017, striking out 10 while surrendering three home runs in 13 1/3 innings. The Blue Jays have recalled right-handed reliever Danny Barnes from Triple-A Buffalo to take his spot on the 25-man roster.

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For the second week in a row, a member of the Washington Nationals has taken home Player of the Week honors, while the Minnesota Twins have their first of the 2017 campaign.

Following up on Bryce Harper's torrid pace, the resurgent Ryan Zimmerman poses another threat in the Nationals lineup. Throughout the week, Zimmerman went 13-for-26 with five home runs and 13 RBI.

Meanwhile, on the American League side, Miguel Sano was named Player of the Week despite missing a game due to suspension. The Twins third baseman went 11-for-21, hitting three homers, and knocking in 11 runs.

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As the New York Yankees continue to mash and win games, their Big Apple counterparts aren't faring too well at the moment.

After New York Mets ace Noah Syndergaard left his start early with what the team is calling a "lat injury," manager Terry Collins was understandably irritated after Sunday's 23-5 loss to the Washington Nationals.

An agitated Terry Collins discusses Syndergaard's injury. Sandy Alderson says an MRI is scheduled for 7 a.m. Monday. pic.twitter.com/rtI3v0Fe4Y

— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) April 30, 2017
When a reporter decided to point out that Collins seemed on edge, he replied by saying "You think? What do you think?" proceeding to explain that any long-term injury would be a big loss to the Mets.

After missing his scheduled start on April 27 with biceps tendinitis, Syndergaard refused to undergo an MRI saying that he knew his body best. It would lead general manager Sandy Alderson to say he couldn't force the 24-year-old into a tube in order to determine the austerity of his injury.

"We asked him how he felt and he said he felt fine, he could have pitched on turn," Alderson said after the game, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. "We took him at face value, but he also threw a bullpen (session) and felt fine. On the basis of that input as well as his own comments, he was good to go."

Alderson stands by the call to start him on Sunday but rhetorically questioned if an MRI would have been a good idea after all.

"The recommendation (to skip him Thursday) was made by the doctor," he said. "It was precautionary and we felt strongly that he was fine.

"We made sure that he threw again before he went out so we could confirm that and that’s what happened. Would the MRI have disclosed a lat issue or reaffirm some concern about the bicep? We'll never know."

Syndergaard is expected to finally undergo an MRI on Monday in order to determine the severity of the injury he suffered on Sunday.

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