|When James Shields is on top of his game, few can match his dominance on the mound. Such was the case Thursday, when the Royals right-hander fanned 12, including seven straight, in a 5-1 win over the Astros.
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|The Pirates and Reds combined for 10 home runs at Great American Ball Park in a game that was completed Tuesday, including three sets of back-to-back shots by the Bucs.
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|In the first inning of the Angels' 14-2 win over the Mets, Mike Trout, Albert Pujols and Raul Ibanez homered in succession. Before this record-tying feat (for the franchise), there had been nine times when three straight Angels players homered.
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|Stephen Strasburg had 12 of the Nationals' 17 strikeouts Thursday vs. the Marlins. It was the second time in nine games Washington had fanned at least 17 batters, a feat no other team had accomplished in the past 101 years.
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|It was only fitting that on the 40th anniversary of Hank Aaron hitting his 715th home run that several sluggers throughout baseball put on power shows of their own.
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|The Marlins dropped a 4-2 decision to the Padres on Sunday, but outfielder Giancarlo Stanton did drive in a run, giving him RBIs in each of the team's first seven games.
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|In only three games this season, Cubs utility man Emilio Bonifacio is already more than a quarter of the way to All-Star first baseman Mark Grace's team-record 42 hits in a March/April stretch.
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|On Sunday night in the Padres' 2014 opener at Petco Park, the home team erased a late 1-0 deficit with a three-run eighth inning and went on to defeat the Dodgers, 3-1. San Diego began its comeback on pinch-hit home run by Seth Smith.
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|In the first game of the 2014 regular season, Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers topped the D-backs, 3-1. Kershaw made his fourth consecutive Opening Day start, tying him him with Nap Rucker, Van Mungo, Carl Erskine and Orel Hershiser for fifth most for the Dodgers' franchise since 1901.
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|With his rapid strikeout rate, Rangers right-hander Yu Darvish put name alongside all-time greats in his second Major League season in 2013.
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|Of all the regular-season games played between 1916-2013, 148 of them witnessed a starting pitcher end his day with the following line: at least nine innings pitched, no more than one hit allowed and no runs or walks surrendered.
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|When slicing the 2013 campaign neatly into monthly segments, there were 20 pitchers to produce a single month that saw a line include at least five starts, an ERA below 2.00, a WHIP below 1.00 and a winning percentage of at least .800.
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|The very first season National League hurlers could measure themselves up against American League pitchers -- the 1901 campaign -- the claimant for the lowest ERA among both the leagues' qualifiers was none other than Cy Young, who posted a 1.62 mark for the Boston team in the AL. Over a century later, Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is slowly cementing his status among some of the game's all-time great hurlers.
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|From 1893-2012, 20 players qualified for the batting title in their age-20 season and finished that campaign with an on-base plus slugging percentage of at least 120.
More»Mike Trout wins his second Silver Slugger Award|
|With 710 plate appearances last season -- a campaign that saw Paul Goldschmidt take a substantial leap forward, emerge as a league-leader in a number of categories and fill up the trophy case with a bevy of honors -- the slugger became one of 351 players since 1893 to be in his age-25 or younger season qualify for the batting title and play at least 75 percent of his games at first base.
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|John Lackey, who won the second Fall Classic clincher of his career, World Series MVP Award winner David Ortiz and Shane Victorino, who drove in four runs in Game 6, helped to lift the Red Sox to their third title in the past 10 seasons.
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|With his World Series Game 2 victory at Fenway Park on Thursday, Cardinals rookie Michael Wacha became the seventh pitcher in history to open with starts and wins in each of his first four career playoff appearances.
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|Starter Jon Lester went 7 2/3 scoreless innings and cleanup man David Ortiz had a home run and three RBIs to lift the Red Sox to an 8-1 win over the Cardinals in Game 1 of the World Series.
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|Every World Series casts its own shadow and becomes memorable for its own set of numerical and narrative contributions, but it also aligns itself with all of the Fall Classics that preceded it. With these perspectives in mind, we look at some thoughts to consider before the 109th Fall Classic begins.
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|At 21 years and 16 days old for Thursday's ALCS Game 5 win over the Tigers, Xander Bogaerts became the youngest Red Sox starter in a postseason game. The previous youngest was Babe Ruth, who took the mound at the age of 21 years and 246 days in Game 2 of the 1916 World Series.
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