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 Posted: Sun Apr 10th, 2016 07:39 am
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Los Angeles Angels first baseman Albert Pujols has become the fourth-youngest player to record 550 or more home runs and 1,700 RBIs after driving in a run Saturday night against the Texas Rangers.
With a fielder's choice groundout, @PujolsFivebecomes just the 11th player all-time to log 1,700 RBI & 550 HR.https://t.co/OgI8UR2cM8
— Angels (@Angels) April 10, 2016
Only New York Yankees designated hitter Alex Rodriguez and Hall of Famers Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron have accomplished the feat quicker.
Pujols, who boasts 560 career homers on his resume, also moved into sole possession of 24th on the all-time RBI list, and is closing in rapidly on Reggie Jackson and Frank Thomas.


The 36-year-old slugger is off to a slow start this season, hitting .125/.125/.125 in four games prior to Saturday's contest.



RANK       PLAYER           RBI
20       Frank Robinson    1812
21       Honus Wagner     1732
22       Frank Thomas      1704
23       Reggie Jackson     1702
24       Albert Pujols         1700 

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PHOENIX - Kyle Schwarber says he wouldn't change a thing about the way he pursued that flyball in the gap.

Except, of course, how it turned out.

On crutches, his voice cracking at times, the young Chicago Cubs slugger said Saturday that he's already getting ready to play in 2017.

''I look at it as I've got a whole year to prepare for a new season,'' Schwarber said. ''I'm going to be feeling like I'm coming back even better.''

Schwarber's 2016 season ended just as it was getting started when he tore ligaments in his left knee Thursday in an outfield collision at Arizona.

Schwarber is headed for surgery sometime in the next three weeks.

Normally a catcher, the 23-year-old Schwarber was playing left field when he banged into center fielder Dexter Fowler chasing a drive by Jean Segura that wound up as an inside-the-park home run.

''That was just a perfect placed ball,'' Schwarber said. ''It's just a freak accident.''

Schwarber found out Friday that he was sidelined for the season. He said he was very disappointed for about 30 minutes, especially with the Cubs considered World Series contenders, but added his teammates helped boost him.

''Now I have to be there for them in a different way,'' Schwarber said. ''They reiterated that I'm still going to be a part of this team, which means a lot to me. Obviously a long process ahead, but that means a lot coming from the players and staff.''

Schwarber hasn't been told yet when his surgery will take place or when rehabilitation will begin. He said he knew it was serious when his knee swelled up the night of the injury.

''I could definitely feel bad if I did something wrong, or if I wasn't playing hard or something in that nature. But me and Dex did everything that we possibly could to catch that ball,'' Schwarber said.

''My spirits won't get down. I know it's going to be a long road, there's going to be ups and downs, so I just have to keep a good attitude with this,'' he said.

Schwarber made his major league debut last year. He went to hit a franchise-record five homers in nine postseason games.

Fowler described the collision as a ''car crash,'' and that neither player called for the ball to make the catch.

''That's a big man right there,'' said Fowler, who has been playing despite hip soreness from the accident. ''But you respect the hell out of him for the way he handled it. We both were going hard and stuff like that happens.''

Schwarber originally thought his ankle was hurt the worse. Those X-rays came back with nothing more than a sprain, but an MRI revealed the torn knee ligaments. He's going back to Chicago to meet with the Cubs' doctor when the team leaves Arizona after Sunday's game.

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New York Yankees southpaw CC Sabathia made a jubilant return to the mound Saturday, throwing six-plus innings of three-run ball to pick up the win in an 8-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.

It was Sabathia's first start since undergoing rehab for alcohol abuse, and he couldn't wait to celebrate the occasion with those that supported him throughout the process.

"My wife and my mom, they were there every step of the way," Sabathia told MLB.com's Bryan Hoch following the outing. "Obviously these (teammates) in here were great, but my mom and wife were kind of that rock for me during that tough time. It will be good to see them tonight and go to dinner."

Sabathia beat out righty Ivan Nova for the final spot in the Yankees' rotation this spring, and he earned high praise from his manager following the successful outing.

"I really believe he made the right decision," Joe Girardi said. "His health and his family's well-being obviously takes precedent over this. To be able to come and win the game today six months later, I think it's really important to him.

"We've always had his back. The guys in that room have always had his back. And he gave us a big start today."

The 2007 American League Cy Young Award winner checked himself into an alcohol treatment center last October after recording a 6-10 record with a 4.73 ERA in 29 starts.

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I wonder what Orel Hershiser is saying now? Last Thursday I was watching him on TV before the Giants series. He put up a stat with all the Dodgers ERAs. Zero Zero Zero Zero etc...saying how great the Dodger staff was. Well they got their ass kicked in San Francisco. If it wasn't for a botched double play in the top of the ninth in Saturdays game the Dodgers would have been swept.
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Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story continued to rewrite the history books Sunday, becoming the first player in MLB history to homer seven times in his team's first six games with a solo shot off San Diego Padres pitcher Brandon Maurer in the eighth inning.

Story's record-breaking start began Monday when the Rockies shortstop hit a pair of homers in his MLB debut, the first time that's ever happened on Opening Day. He then homered in three straight games - including another historic multi-homer effort Friday - before watching his improbable streak end Saturday.

On Friday, the 23-year-old shortstop became the fastest player ever to hit six home runs to begin a season, doing so on the anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th career homer to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time list. To put his torrid start in perspective, Story's seven homers are more than the Marlins, Pirates, Mets, Angels, and Braves have hit combined.

Story won the Rockies' shortstop job this spring following the suspension of Jose Reyes, who remains on leave until MLB commissioner Rob Manfred completes an investigation of the veteran under the league's domestic violence policy.




TEAM   PLAYER       HOME RUNS    YEAR
COL   Trevor Story          7            2016
COL   Larry Walker          6           1997
PHI    Mike Schmidt         6           1976
SF     Willie Mays            6            1964

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lobo316 wrote: Colorado Rockies rookie Trevor Story continued to rewrite the history books Sunday, becoming the first player in MLB history to homer seven times in his team's first six games with a solo shot off San Diego Padres pitcher Brandon Maurer in the eighth inning.

Story's record-breaking start began Monday when the Rockies shortstop hit a pair of homers in his MLB debut, the first time that's ever happened on Opening Day. He then homered in three straight games - including another historic multi-homer effort Friday - before watching his improbable streak end Saturday.

On Friday, the 23-year-old shortstop became the fastest player ever to hit six home runs to begin a season, doing so on the anniversary of Hank Aaron's 715th career homer to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time list. To put his torrid start in perspective, Story's seven homers are more than the Marlins, Pirates, Mets, Angels, and Braves have hit combined.

Story won the Rockies' shortstop job this spring following the suspension of Jose Reyes, who remains on leave until MLB commissioner Rob Manfred completes an investigation of the veteran under the league's domestic violence policy.




TEAM   PLAYER       HOME RUNS    YEAR
COL   Trevor Story          7            2016
COL   Larry Walker          6           1997
PHI    Mike Schmidt         6           1976
SF     Willie Mays            6            1964

I'm guessing Rockies fans have already forgotten about Tulo.

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It was one heck of a day for 39-year-old Detroit Tigers fan Bill Dugan at Comerica Park on Monday.

While Tigers ace Justin Verlander was getting knocked around by the Pittsburgh Pirates to the tune of 10 hits and seven runs, Dugan was in perfect position to catch not one, but five foul balls during the first five innings of the contest, according to Robert Allen of the Detroit Free Press.

And what did the kindhearted Dugan, who caught one of the foul balls during batting practice and four during the actual game, do with the souvenirs after catching them?

Well, at least one of them made a young fan's day:

That's how you make a young fan's day. pic.twitter.com/BTn8M4m0F9

— MLB GIFS (@MLBGIFs) April 11, 2016

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PABLO Sandoval made his first appearance of the season on Sunday, and it didn’t go quite as planned.
The Boston Red Sox third baseman struck out three times in four at-bats during Boston’s 8-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays.
And if getting K’d three times in his season debut wasn’t bad enough, Sandoval suffered an extremely embarrassing moment in his first at-bat. The Kung Fu Panda managed to break his belt while taking a swing against Jays starter R.A. Dickey.
Check it out.
Pablo Sandoval's weight issue is apparently getting out of hand: https://t.co/XBigqyIF3A https://t.co/sosAep19AF
— Yahoo Sports (@YahooSports) April 9, 2016
Pablo swinging out of his belt! https://t.co/UetwG6i8oJ
— Routine Baseball (@RoutineBaseball) April 9, 2016
Unsurprisingly, social media took great joy in highlighting Sandoval’s fail.
Pablo Sandoval's belt busting gives me life
— Kimberly Davis (@itsmekimmyd) April 10, 2016
@noozy642 Pablo Sandoval literally broke his belt with his fat today where were you
— Dalai Clintness (@ClintnessO) April 10, 2016
@KrissiBex: If you haven’t fat-shamed Pablo Sandoval today on twitter, you’re not doing it right” - Haha!!!!
— Ryan (@RyMatthew) April 10, 2016
Pablo Sandoval vs Homero Simpsonhttps://t.co/hq7CfmqRvc
— Heimy Verónica (@HeimyMr) April 10, 2016
Pablo Sandoval is an embarrassment. Not hard to stay in shape. You get paid to play baseball and work out. Get it together. 🙄🙄🙄😤😤😤🙀🙀⚾️⚾️
— Mike Lindsley (@MikeLsports) April 10, 2016
An anchor from @SportsCenter definitely compared Pablo Sandoval to "a big fat pumpkin."pic.twitter.com/1Dt6FQuubh
— ChristopherSnodgress (@csnodgress) April 10, 2016
Sandoval took off the busted belt and continued the at-bat without one, then replaced it when he returned to the dugout.
It’s been a rough couple of months for Sandoval. He’s been highly criticised by Red Sox fans for his off-season weight gain and recently lost his starting job to Travis Shaw for performance reasons.
2015 was his worst ever season, as he had the poorest defence among all qualified third basemen, and 2016 hasn’t been much better.
Sandoval has been a huge disappointment for the Red Sox so far, hitting .245/.292/.366 with 10 home runs, 47 RBI and 73 strikeouts in 2015 and failing to maintain the starting third base job.
He’s owed $US77 million through 2019, making the pressure to perform even greater.
Sandoval has been waiting for an opportunity to show he can turn things around this season, but he certainly got off to a rocky start.










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A fan has a new belt for Sandoval 




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Pete Rose is tired of just signing his own name on baseballs.
On Tuesday, a fan posted a photo of a signed Rose baseball, and it's not your everyday signature. For reasons unknown, MLB's all-time hits leader apparently apologized for shooting President John F. Kennedy.
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This isn't the first time Rose has autographed memorabilia with odd phrases.Available on Amazon is a Rose-signed ball reading: "I'm Sorry I Broke Up The Beatles," and another signed: "I wish I shot Bin Laden."
The motive behind the messages is unclear.








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Nick Swisher appears to be on his way back to the Bronx.

The New York Yankees finalized a minor-league deal with Swisher on Wednesday, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.

"There's no place I love more than New York; I think a lot of people know that. I was blessed to experience that, to have such a great relationship with the fans in New York," Swisher said, according to Feinsand. "It's something I cherish very deeply and will have for the rest of my life. There would be nothing better than to get back there, to run out there and enjoy that again.

"It's something I've missed for a long time that I want back. Those Yankee pinstripes run deep. Once you're a part of it and you don't have it, you miss it. I'm one of those lucky guys that gets an opportunity to come back and try to prove myself again."

Swisher spent four seasons with the Yankees between 2009 and 2012. The switch-hitter had his best statistical output in New York, hitting .268/.367/.483 and helping the club win the 2009 World Series before earning his first and only All-Star nod the following year.

Swisher was released by the Atlanta Braves at the end of March. Atlanta will split his entire $16-million salary in 2016 with the Cleveland Indians (less the prorated MLB minimum he'll earn should he be added to the Yankees' active roster).

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Nothing seems to be going right for the Minnesota Twins to start the 2016 season, and the club, which is already off to an 0-7 start, received some more bad news Wednesday.

The team announced closer Glen Perkins will be put on the 15-day disabled list with a left posterior shoulder strain.

Perkins hasn't exactly gotten the chance to prove his value in the closer's role this season, only getting one opportunity to save a game, which he ended up blowing after allowing two runs against the Kansas City Royals on April 10.

The 33-year-old, who also displayed poor velocity throughout spring, will likely be replaced by Kevin Jepsen in the closer role.

Over the course of 11 big-league seasons, all with the Twins, Perkins has saved 120 ball games, while earning a 3.83 ERA and 1.28 WHIP.

Left-hander Taylor Rogers was recalled in a corresponding move.

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Rookie phenom Trevor Story went a solid 3-for-4 with a pair of triples to lead the Colorado Rockies to a 10-6 victory Wednesday over the San Francisco Giants, but he came up just shy of a truly memorable night.

Story, who entered the contest with seven homers in seven games, was robbed of his eighth and ninth long balls of the season by the new heightened fences at Coors Field.

The Rockies raised the fence in right-center field by eight feet, and the wall structure inside the left-field foul pole by five feet, ahead of the 2016 season at the homer-happy venue.

The new right-center field fence at Coors Field. Nearly nine feet taller this year. Feels bigger than I'd guessed... pic.twitter.com/UhLwQv3Hii

— Nick Groke (@nickgroke) April 7, 2016
In his third plate appearance, Story lifted a towering drive off the top of the old wall in center field, and in his next at-bat, he couldn't clear the fence in right-center.

"(The wall's) supposed to get the other team," Rockies manager Walt Weiss joked postgame. "But it was a great sign to see that from Trevor. That's his part of the ballpark, that center- to right-center gap."

Story suffered through his first hitless game of his young career Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the Giants. Regardless, the 23-year-old prospect is hitting a very respectable .343/.351/.1.057 through eight games with 13 RBIs.

Colorado batters combined to hit a franchise-record four triples in the contest, with Charlie Blackmon and Carlos Gonzalez also contributing to the cause.

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The Boston Red Sox have placed third baseman Pablo Sandoval on the 15-day disabled list with a left shoulder strain.

Sandoval reported the injury to manager John Farrell on Wednesday. The club said it has also outlined a conditioning program for him while he's on the DL.

Farrell added that the possibility of a breather would be of benefit to him, especially considering all the scrutiny he's been under since showing up to spring training well out of shape.

"It's been a real tough start. He's been an easy target," Farrell said. "First and foremost, we've got to get him right physically to get past the shoulder issue. But I still firmly believe that Panda is going to be a contributor to this team.

"We're going to need him to be, because there's a darn good player in there."

Sandoval, who is making $17.6 million this year as part of a five-year, $95 million deal, has been relegated to a bench role with the emergence of Travis Shaw at third base. In just seven plate appearances off the bench, Sandoval doesn't have a hit while striking out four times.

As a counter-move, the Red Sox recalled infielder Josh Rutledge from Triple-A Pawtucket.

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BOSTON - The Baltimore Orioles finally lost after opening the season with a team-record seven straight wins, beaten by the bats of Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr. and the Boston Red Sox 4-2 Wednesday night.

The Orioles were the last undefeated team in the majors, ending their longest winning streak to start a season since moving to Baltimore in 1954. The franchise opened 9-0 in 1944 as the St. Louis Browns.

"I'm proud, we won the series," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said after the defeat. "We won two out of three in the American League East on the road against a team we all know is going to be pretty good this year. We're real proud of that. Now we move on."

The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak. Bogaerts hit a two-run double and Bradley had a tiebreaking triple.

Baltimore will look to get back to its winning ways Thursday when it opens a four-game series in Arlington with the Texas Rangers.

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