Mookie Betts made history in an incredible performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers, while Yu Darvish starred again in MLB.

Betts crushed three home runs as the Dodgers cruised past the San Diego Padres 11-2 on Thursday.

A star recruit for the Dodgers earlier this year, Betts joined illustrious company with his latest display.

With his sixth career three-homer effort, Betts is alongside Johnny Mize and Sammy Sosa for the most in MLB history.

Darvish struck out 11 and conceded just one hit in seven innings to lead the Chicago Cubs past the Milwaukee Brewers 4-2.

Ian Happ went two-for-three with an RBI as the Cubs improved to 13-3 this season.

Rays hammer Red Sox, Nido delivers

The Tampa Bay Rays completed a dominant four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox. The 17-8 win saw the Rays blast 42 runs across the series. The Rays are the first visiting team to record a four-game sweep at Fenway Park while scoring eight-plus runs in every game, as per STATS.

Tomas Nido hit two homers, including a grand slam, in the New York Mets' 8-2 success over the Washington Nationals.

David Peterson pitched five innings and gave up just one hit to improve to 3-1 this season, but he reportedly suffered a shoulder injury.

 

Arrieta's struggles continue

Jake Arrieta again battled in the Philadelphia Phillies' 11-4 loss to the Baltimore Orioles. The pitcher is now 1-2 this season after giving up seven hits and four runs in just 4.2 innings.

 

Marvellous Mookie

Betts was the star of the show with his three homers.

Thursday's results

New York Mets 8-2 Washington Nationals
Baltimore Orioles 11-4 Philadelphia Phillies
Tampa Bay Rays 17-8 Boston Red Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates 9-6 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Los Angeles Dodgers 11-2 San Diego Padres

 

Dodgers at Angels

The Los Angeles rivals begin a three-game series on Friday. Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.60 ERA) will take the mound for the Dodgers, up against the Angels' Patrick Sandoval (0-1, 2.70 ERA).

Charlie Montoyo said the Toronto Blue Jays were "trying too hard" after they hit seven home runs but lost a wild game 14-11 to the Miami Marlins. 

Toronto rallied from 8-0 down and levelled the MLB encounter at 11-11 in the bottom of the eighth, only to succumb in a 10th inning. 

The setback at Sahlen Field in Buffalo, the Canadian team's temporary home, meant the Blue Jays became the first team in league history to have at least 18 hits and seven homers in a game and still lose. 

Blue Jays manager Montoyo said: "Our offense, that was great to see them coming back, and hopefully that's a start of a good offense and what we think we can do. 

"The other part was our defense, which was not very good. We didn't make the plays - and those [Miami] guys are kind of playing good, so if you make errors they'll take advantage and that's what they did. 

"We didn't make the plays and our pitching wasn't as good - we didn't make the big pitches to stop after the errors and we paid the price. 

"If we want to win games, we need to get better. Our pitching has been outstanding - today's probably the first day that after errors we haven't made the big pitches to stop the bleeding. 

"That happened today and that's why we gave up 14 runs. I think overall we're trying too hard right now." 

Montoyo added in his news conference: "We're hungry to win - these kids are, which I love.

"That's why we came back in this game, because we're not going to give up.

"But we need to tighten that up for us to start winning games."

The Toronto Blue Jays produced a remarkable performance, however, they still lost 14-11 to the Miami Marlins in a wild extra-innings showdown.

Toronto rallied from 8-0 down and levelled the MLB encounter at 11-11 in the bottom of the eighth inning after homering in six straight innings on Wednesday.

However, Magneuris Sierra hit the go-ahead single in the 10th inning to spare the Marlins' blushes away to the relocated Blue Jays in Buffalo midweek.

Per STATS, the Blue Jays became the first team in MLB history to have at least 18 hits and seven home runs in a game and still lose.

DJ LeMahieu starred again as the New York Yankees beat the Atlanta Braves 6-3.

In the absence of All-Star slugger Aaron Judge, LeMahieu had four hits in five at-bats – raising his average to an American League (AL)-leading .431 – to help the Yankees complete a two-game interleague sweep.

The Yankees are now 23-0-3 in their last 26 series at home – the longest undefeated streak in franchise history, surpassing previous bests in 1997-98 and 1937 according to STATS.

 

Cubs enjoying best start since 1970

The Chicago Cubs are flying at the moment. A 7-2 win over the Cleveland Indians matched the franchise's best start in 50 years. The Cubs improved to 12-3 – equalling Chicago's start after 15 games in 1970.

Bo Bichette went five for five for the Blue Jays as he became the youngest player in team history with a five-hit game. The 22-year-old also became the first shortstop in the modern era to reach base safely six times, hit a home run and steal two bases in the same game, per STATS.

Ramon Laureano made three fine catches and the Oakland Athletics homered three times to top the Los Angeles Angels 8-4 on the road. Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson and Robbie Grossman homered for the Athletics.

Martin Maldonado hit a three-run homer as the Houston Astros accounted for the San Francisco Giants 5-1. It came on the back of Zack Greinke's strong start in which he only allowed one run and seven hits over a season-high 6.1 innings for his first win. Greinke struck out seven and walked one.

 

Jays' Pearson struggles

It was a difficult outing for rookie pitcher Nate Pearson. He allowed seven runs – four earned – on five hits and four walks, while striking out one across 2.1 innings. Pearson unravelled in the third, allowing a pair of singles and walks before exiting the game with the Blue Jays down 4-0 and bases loaded.

Charlie Blackmon's streak came to an end in the Colorado Rockies' 13-7 defeat against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He went 0 for four, ending his hitting streak at 15 games. His average dipped to .472, having entered the contest batting at .500.

 

Soto bests his own effort

After his monster home run on Monday, Washington Nationals star Juan Soto went long again. Soto blasted a 466-foot homer in the opening inning of the World Series champions' 11-6 defeat to the New York Mets, surpassing his career-best 463-foot effort from two days earlier. Soto is now tied for fifth with 60 home runs before the age of 22.

Wednesday's results

Oakland Athletics 8-4 Los Angeles Angels
Arizona Diamondbacks 13-7 Colorado Rockies
Chicago White Sox 7-5 Detroit Tigers
Chicago Cubs 7-2 Cleveland Indians
Miami Marlins 14-11 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 5-4 Cincinnati Reds
Baltimore Orioles 5-4 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Yankees 6-3 Atlanta Braves
New York Mets 11-6 Washington Nationals
Minnesota Twins 12-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Houston Astros 5-1 San Francisco Giants
Tampa Bay Rays 9-5 Boston Red Sox
Texas Rangers 7-4 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-0 San Diego Padres

 

Nationals at Mets

After missing the chance to close out their series against the Mets (8-11), the Nationals (6-8) will have another opportunity in the fourth and final encounter on Thursday. The Nationals will send Austin Voth to the mound, while the Mets counter with David Peterson.

Aaron Judge crushed another home run for the New York Yankees, while Max Scherzer led the Washington Nationals in MLB on Tuesday.

Judge blasted his MLB-leading ninth homer of the season as the Yankees overcame the Atlanta Braves 9-6.

Luke Voit got the Yankees going with a three-run homer in the first inning, setting them up to improve to 11-6.

Yankees pitcher Jordan Montgomery pitched six innings, conceding three runs in the win.

Back from a hamstring injury, Scherzer got through six innings as the Nationals edged the New York Mets 2-1.

He struck out seven and gave up six hits to help the Nationals to a narrow win.

 

Blue Jays right at home as Hays hits inside-the-park HR

In their Buffalo debut, the Toronto Blue Jays needed 10 innings to get past the Miami Marlins 5-4 thanks to Travis Shaw's walk-off single.

Austin Hays hit an inside-the-park homer in the Baltimore Orioles' 10-9 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Dylan Bundy continued his good form. The Los Angeles Angels pitcher struck out 10 over seven innings in a 6-0 win over the Oakland Athletics.

 

Dodgers pair struggle

Cody Bellinger and AJ Pollock went 0-for-four as the Los Angeles Dodgers fell to the San Diego Padres 6-2.

 

Manny magic

Manny Machado blasted a grand slam in the Padres' win.

Tuesday's results

Toronto Blue Jays 5-4 Miami Marlins
Cincinnati Reds 6-5 Kansas City Royals
New York Yankees 9-6 Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles 10-9 Philadelphia Phillies
Chicago Cubs 7-1 Cleveland Indians
Chicago White Sox 8-4 Detroit Tigers
Washington Nationals 2-1 New York Mets
Tampa Bay Rays 8-2 Boston Red Sox
Milwaukee Brewers 6-4 Minnesota Twins
Colorado Rockies 8-7 Arizona Diamondbacks
Texas Rangers 4-2 Seattle Mariners
Los Angeles Angels 6-0 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 6-2 Los Angeles Dodgers
San Francisco Giants 7-6 Houston Astros

 

Cubs at Indians

The Chicago Cubs (11-3) look to continue their strong form against the Cleveland Indians (10-8) on Wednesday, with Kyle Hendricks (2-1, 3.54 ERA) and Carlos Carrasco (2-1, 2.50 ERA) on the mound.

Juan Soto's epic home run headlined the Washington Nationals' barrage against the New York Mets as the MLB World Series champions won 16-4.

Soto produced a two-run shot in the third inning in Washington's dominant display away to the Mets at Citi Field in New York on Monday.

Asdrubal Cabrera led the Nationals with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs against his former team in the Big Apple.

Per STATS, Cabrera is the first player to go four-for-four with four extra base hits against a former team since the Dodgers' Johnny Cooney did so against the Boston Bees in 1937.

The game also marked the first time in franchise history that three players all recorded at least three hits, three RBIs and a home after Trea Turner produced three hits, three RBIs and a home run.

The Philadelphia Phillies put on a show with five home runs as they defeated the Atlanta Braves 13-8.

A grand slam from Didi Gregorius and Bryce Harper's three-run shot set the tone for the red-hot Phillies in Philadelphia, while Roman Quinn, Jean Segura and J.T. Realmuto also homered.

It came as Aaron Nola almost celebrated a complete game, allowing one run, two hits and 10 strikeouts through eight innings before two relievers gave up seven runs in the ninth.

 

Jones with an inside-the-park homer

JaCoby Jones inspired the Detroit Tigers to their fourth consecutive victory, a 5-1 win against the Chicago White Sox. Jones hit an inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning. Tiger team-mate Niko Goodrum homered and tallied four hits.

The Minnesota Twins were 4-2 winners over the Milwaukee Brewers to snap a four-game skid. Eddie Rosario helped stop the rot, clubbing a grand slam in the third inning to erase an early 1-0 deficit in Milwaukee.

Mike Trout's two home runs, including the go-ahead homer in the eighth, lifted the Los Angeles Angels to a 10-9 triumph and snapped the Oakland Athletics' nine-game winning streak.

 

Gibson struggles against Mariners

Kyle Gibson conceded a three-run shot in the fifth inning as the Texas Rangers were swept aside 10-2 by the Texas Rangers. Gibson allowed four runs and nine hits in 4.3 innings.

Mookie Betts, Cody Bellinger and Justin Turner struggled in the Los Angeles Dodgers 2-1 loss to the San Diego Padres. The trio were one for four with a strikeout each, while the Dodgers were one for eight with runners in scoring positions.

 

Soto with a monster homer

Soto's home run off Mets starter Steven Matz travelled 463 feet – the longest homer of the Nationals star's career. Only Giancarlo Stanton (468 feet in 2017), Kyle Schwarber (467 in 2017 and Freddie Freeman (464 in 2015) have hit longer home runs at Citi Field since Statcast began tracking in 2015.

 

Monday's results

Washington Nationals 16-4 New York Mets
Philadelphia Phillies 13-8 Atlanta Braves
Detroit Tigers 5-1 Chicago White Sox
Houston Astros 6-4 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 2-1 Los Angeles Dodgers
Los Angeles Angels 10-9 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 10-2 Texas Rangers
Arizona Diamondbacks 12-8 Colorado Rockies
Minnesota Twins 4-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Tampa Bay Rays 8-7 Boston Red Sox

 

Marlins at Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays (5-8) will stage their first game at temporary home Sahlen Field in Buffalo on Tuesday when they host the Miami Marlins (7-3). Bottom of the AL East, the Blue Jays will send Ryu Hyun-jin to the mound, while the Marlins will counter with Elieser Hernandez.

New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman has opted out of the 2020 MLB season due to coronavirus concerns.

Stroman had been recovering from a calf injury and was in contention to make his season debut against the Miami Marlins next week.

But the 2019 All-Star decided against competing this year as he highlighted concerns with travelling to COVID-19 hotspots like Miami, where the Marlins were the subject of an outbreak.

"Obviously, you see the [St Louis] Cardinals, the Marlins, you see spikes everywhere in the country, you see protocols not being handled properly from citizens everywhere,'' Stroman said during a Zoom call on Monday, following team-mate Yoenis Cespedes in opting out.

"You see us going to Florida soon. That was a big discussion I had with my family. Going to see the Marlins soon, that's something I don't want to be in that situation.''

Stroman, who is set to become a free agent at the end of the season, added: "This was a decision I had to kind of take myself out of it and look out for the best interests of my family."

The 29-year-old – a Gold Glove Award winner in 2017 – joined the Mets from the Toronto Blue Jays in 2019.

Stroman had an ERA of 3.77 from 11 games following his arrival in New York, tallying 60 strikeouts from 1,027 pitches.

The Atlanta Braves completed two wins over the Philadelphia Phillies in MLB, while Fernando Tatis Jr. continued his incredible form.

The Braves improved to 11-6 thanks to 5-2 and 8-0 victories over the Phillies on Sunday.

Ronald Acuna Jr. starred in the 8-0 win, going four-for-four with two home runs and three RBIs.

The Braves are second in the National League (NL) East, behind the Miami Marlins (7-3).

Tatis' stunning form for the San Diego Padres continued in a 9-5 win against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The 21-year-old blasted his equal-high eighth home run of the season.

 

DeGrom gets the job done as Moreland lifts Red Sox

Jacob deGrom battled a blister but got through five innings, giving up two runs and striking out six in the New York Mets' 4-2 success over the Marlins.

Mitch Moreland delivered for the Boston Red Sox. He hit a two-run walk-off homer in a 5-3 win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Lance Lynn struck out six and conceded just two runs in five innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 7-3.

 

Bad Bumgarner battling back injury

Madison Bumgarner conceded four home runs in two innings as the Diamondbacks fell to the Padres. Now 0-3 this season, he is reportedly battling a back injury.

 

Benches clear between A's and Astros

The benches cleared during the Oakland Athletics' 7-2 win against the Houston Astros after Ramon Laureano was hit by a pitch for the second time in the game.

 

Sunday's results

Atlanta Braves 5-2 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 4-2 Miami Marlins
Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 New York Yankees
Boston Red Sox 5-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Detroit Tigers 2-1 Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals 4-2 Minnesota Twins
Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 Cincinnati Reds
Texas Rangers 7-3 Los Angeles Angels
Atlanta Braves 8-0 Philadelphia Phillies
Los Angeles Dodgers 6-2 San Francisco Giants
Oakland Athletics 7-2 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres 9-5 Arizona Diamondbacks
Seattle Mariners 5-3 Colorado Rockies
Cleveland Indians 5-4 Chicago White Sox
Baltimore Orioles 5-2 Washington Nationals (suspended)

 

White Sox at Tigers

Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.55 ERA) will lead the Chicago White Sox (8-8) into a clash with American League (AL) Central rivals the Detroit Tigers (8-5) on Monday.

The St Louis Cardinals' series against the Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to coronavirus, the MLB announced on Sunday.

St Louis were scheduled to face Pittsburgh from Monday to Wednesday at Busch Stadium, but positive COVID-19 tests scuppered those plans.

The Cardinals have been at the centre of a coronavirus outbreak affecting 16 members of the organisation – nine players and seven staff.

It comes after the Cardinals' three-game weekend series against the Chicago Cubs was also postponed due to COVID-19 cases within the clubhouse.

The Cardinals have not played since July 29 – matchups against the Milwaukee Brewers, Detroit Tigers, Cubs and now the Pirates postponed, while this will be the first disruption to Pittsburgh's schedule because of coronavirus.

St Louis hold a 2-3 record in the National League Central, behind the Cubs (10-3) and Brewers (6-7), while division rivals the Pirates are 3-13.

Kansas City Chiefs star Patrick Mahomes said he loves baseball as the NFL Super Bowl MVP discussed his Kansas City Royals ownership.

Mahomes – a talented baseball player before opting for an NFL career – acquired a stake in MLB franchise the Royals last month.

The 24-year-old quarterback's father, Pat Mahomes, was an MLB pitcher for 11 seasons following stints with the likes of the Minnesota Twins, New York Mets and Boston Red Sox.

"I love baseball,'' Mahomes, who signed a 10-year contract extension with the Chiefs in July, said. "I grew up in clubhouses. I love everything about it.

"When the Royals were bought last year by [John Sherman], I wanted to be a part of it. It took a little bit of time. These things take time. So it took almost a year to get the language right and doing it at the right time with everything going on in the world.

"But we were able to do it and they were able to let me join in with them and be a part of something that's going to be long-term.''

Mahomes added: "I don't know if I've ever thought about fully owning a team ... but I'm obviously very interested in all sports and being a part of sports even when hopefully a long time from now my sports [playing] days are over.

"I want to be a part of sports for the rest of my life because it's given so much to me.''

The Royals are two-time World Series champions, with their last MLB title coming in 2015.

In a coronavirus-hit season, the Royals hold a 7-10 record to sit bottom of the American League Central.

The New York Yankees have placed Giancarlo Stanton on the 10-day injured list.

Stanton - the 2017 National League MVP - has suffered a hamstring strain and will be absent from Sunday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays onwards.

The 30-year-old outfielder continues to deal with fitness issues and exited the second game with the Rays on Saturday.

Stanton has played in 14 games this year for the 10-5 Yankees, having been set to miss the start of the season prior to the delay amid the coronavirus pandemic due to a calf strain.

The former Miami Marlins star has hit three home runs in 2020, already matching his tally for the entirety of the previous season, in which he was significantly limited by injury. He is batting .293, with seven RBIs.

"I'm hurting for him," manager Aaron Boone said of Stanton. "I know what he's done to be here. His play speaks for itself. Hopefully it's something that doesn't end up keeping him down too long."

The Yankees have recalled infielder Thairo Estrada.

Frankie Montas led the Oakland Athletics to an eighth straight win in MLB on Saturday.

Suspended for 80 games last season after testing positive to a performance-enhancing substance, Montas continued his return to prominence with another fine performance in a 3-1 victory over the Houston Astros.

The 27-year pitched seven scoreless innings and struck out five, while Marcus Semien hit a homer in the first inning for the AL West leaders.

Gerritt Cole struck out 10 Tampa Bay Rays batters before being pulled a single out short of qualifying for a 20th successive regular-season win, but the New York Yankees still claimed an 8-4 victory in the opening game of their doubleheader.

They had considerably less success in the second game, suffering a 5-3 defeat and losing Giancarlo Stanton to a hamstring injury.

Manager Aaron Boone and hitting coach Marcus Thames were both ejected.

 

Soler steals the show

Jorge Soler blasted two homers in back-to-back innings to light up the Kansas City Royals' 9-6 win over the Minnesota Twins.

Jake Arrieta threw six shutout innings to help secure the Philadelphia Phillies a dominant 5-0 win against the Atlanta Braves.

J.D. Davis hammered a crucial three-run homer in the seventh inning to inspire the New York Mets to an 8-4 victory over the Miami Marlins.

Meanwhile, Juan Soto homered for the first time this season - and tied Mickey Mantle for the eighth-most opposite-field shots before the age of 22 - but the Washington Nationals lost 5-3 against the Baltimore Orioles.

No relief for Nationals

Austin Voth's strong start for the Nationals came to nothing against the Orioles after relievers Sean Doolittle and Daniel Hudson gave up three homers between them. Doolittle went the distance on consecutive pitches.

 

Harper heroics

Bryce Harper played his part for the Phillies with a stunning diving catch.

Saturday's results

New York Yankees 8-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bay Rays 5-3 New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians 7-1 Chicago White Sox
Detroit Tigers 11-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Oakland Athletics 3-1 Houston Astros
Philadelphia Phillies 5-0 Atlanta Braves
Baltimore Orioles 5-3 Washington Nationals
Kansas City Royals 9-6 Minnesota Twins
Texas Rangers 2-0 Los Angeles Angels
Cincinnati Reds 4-1 Milwaukee Brewers
New York Mets 8-4 Miami Marlins
Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Boston Red Sox
San Francisco Giants 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Arizona Diamondbacks 3-2 San Diego Padres
Colorado Rockies 5-0 Seattle Mariners

 

Marlins at Mets

The NL East-leading Marlins will look to make amends for their loss to the Mets when the teams meet again at Citi Field on Sunday.

Trevor Bauer starred as Mike Trout homered on his birthday again in MLB on Friday.

Bauer struck out 12 over six innings, giving up just one run in the Cincinnati Reds' 8-3 win over the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers managed just three hits against Bauer, who is 2-0 this season.

Nick Castellanos and Matt Davidson both managed three RBIs for the Reds.

Trout celebrated his 29th birthday with a home run, but the Los Angeles Angels fell to the Texas Rangers 4-3.

It was the fifth time Trout has homered on his birthday, just one less than Mark Reynolds and Alex Rodriguez for the all-time record, as per STATS.

Yelich homers as Tigers rally

Christian Yelich hit his third home run of the season in the Brewers' loss to the Reds.

Jose Iglesias continued his good form. He went four-for-four with three RBIs in the Baltimore Orioles' 11-0 thrashing of the Washington Nationals.

Alex Verdugo crushed two homers in the Boston Red Sox's 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Detroit Tigers improved to 6-5 after a wild 17-13 victory against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

 

Shocking Sanchez

Anibal Sanchez was dominated by the Orioles. He conceded 10 hits and five runs in 5.1 innings in the Nationals' heavy loss.

 

Athletics' walk-off win

The Oakland Athletics had a walk-off win over the Houston Astros thanks to a Marcus Semien single.

Friday's results

Baltimore Orioles 11-0 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 New York Yankees
Detroit Tigers 17-13 Pittsburgh Pirates
Miami Marlins 4-3 New York Mets
Boston Red Sox 5-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Kansas City Royals 3-2 Minnesota Twins
Chicago White Sox 2-0 Cleveland Indians
Cincinnati Reds 8-3 Milwaukee Brewers
Texas Rangers 4-3 Los Angeles Angels
Oakland Athletics 3-2 Houston Astros
San Diego Padres 3-0 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-2 San Francisco Giants
Colorado Rockies 8-4 Seattle Mariners

 

Yankees at Rays

Gerrit Cole (3-0, 2.55 ERA) will be aiming for a 20th straight regular-season win when the Yankees (9-4) take on the Rays (6-7) on Saturday.

Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich hit an inside-the-park home run in an 8-3 MLB win over the Chicago White Sox.

Yelich recorded the first inside-the-park homer of his career as the Brewers beat the White Sox on Thursday.

The 2018 National League MVP, who signed a nine-year, $215million contract extension in March, took advantage of Eloy Jimenez's struggles in the fifth inning.

Yelich walked four times against the White Sox as he became the first MLB player to have an inside-the-park home run and four walks in a game since Dode Paskert in 1912, per STATS.

The Cleveland Indians, meanwhile, dismantled the Cincinnati Reds 13-0.

Jose Ramirez became the first player in MLB history to homer from both sides of the plate in a game twice within his team's first 15 games of a season, via STATS.

 

Ohtani homers, Mattingly becomes Marlins' winningest manager

Unable to pitch due to a shoulder injury, Los Angeles Angels two-way star Shohei Ohtani homered in his first plate appearance since being shut down on the mound in a 6-1 rout of the Seattle Mariners. Ohtani smashed a Taijuan Walker pitch to the opposite side of the field in the second inning. Angels team-mate Dylan Bundy also struck out 10 batters in his third complete game of his career.

Don Mattingly became the winningest manager in Miami Marlins history after his team edged the Baltimore Orioles 8-7. The Marlins, who had their season postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak, are now 6-1 following a 57-105 win-loss campaign in 2019. They are the first team to start 6-1 or better through seven games after recording 105-plus losses the previous season since the St Louis Perfectos began 7-0 in 1899.

The Philadelphia Phillies split their series with the high-flying New York Yankees after winning 5-4 thanks to J.T. Realmuto's three-run homer.

 

Reds' woes continue

The Reds were put to the sword by the Indians. Cincinnati failed to score in the final 23 innings of the home-and-home series.

 

Markakis opts in and delivers walk-off

Having initially decided to sit out the season, Nick Markakis returned and produced an epic 4-3 walk-off win for the Atlanta Braves against the Toronto Blue Jays. Markakis, who announced his intention to opt out on July 6, delivered for the Braves in the ninth inning.

 

Thursday's results

Colorado Rockies 6-4 San Francisco Giants
Los Angeles Angels 6-1 Seattle Mariners
Philadelphia Phillies 5-4 New York Yankees
Cleveland Indians 13-0 Cincinnati Reds
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-4 Houston Astros
Kansas City Royals 13-2 Chicago Cubs
Atlanta Braves 4-3 Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins 8-7 Baltimore Orioles
Milwaukee Brewers 8-3 Chicago White Sox
Pittsburgh Pirates 6-5 Minnesota Twins
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Texas Rangers

 

Marlins at Mets

Riding a five-game winning streak, the Marlins will face the New York Mets (5-8) on Friday.

Mike Trout blasted two home runs in MLB on Wednesday, while the Boston Red Sox ended their losing streak.

Trout crushed two homers but the Los Angeles Angels' comeback bid fell short in a 7-6 loss to the Seattle Mariners.

Kyle Seager went two-for-five with three RBIs and a home run in the Mariners' win.

The Angels fell to a 4-8 record, while Seattle improved to 5-8.

The Red Sox ended a four-game losing streak by beating the Tampa Bay Rays 5-0.

Martin Perez pitched five innings, giving up just four hits while striking out four.

 

Darvish dominates, Pederson goes deep twice

Yu Darvish starred as the Chicago Cubs' good start to the season continued. He conceded just one run in seven innings, striking out four in a 6-1 win over the Kansas City Royals. The Cubs are 10-2.

Joc Pederson crushed two homers and had five RBIs in the Los Angeles Dodgers' 7-6 victory against the San Diego Padres.

Mike Clevinger got through 5.2 innings, conceding just two hits in the Cleveland Indians' 2-0 success over the Cincinnati Reds.

 

Horrible Happ

J.A. Happ struggled badly for the New York Yankees. He gave up four runs and walked six batters in three innings in an 11-7 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies. The teams split their two games on Wednesday.

 

Inside-the-park homer!

Kole Calhoun delivered an inside-the-park homer in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 14-7 win over the Houston Astros

Wednesday's results

Philadelphia Phillies 11-7 New York Yankees
New York Yankees 3-1 Philadelphia Phillies
Miami Marlins 1-0 Baltimore Orioles
Miami Marlins 2-1 Baltimore Orioles
New York Mets 3-1 Washington Nationals
Boston Red Sox 5-0 Tampa Bay Rays
Minnesota Twins 5-2 Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays 2-1 Atlanta Braves
Cleveland Indians 2-0 Cincinnati Reds
Chicago Cubs 6-1 Kansas City Royals
Milwaukee Brewers 1-0 Chicago White Sox
San Francisco Giants 4-3 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 14-7 Houston Astros
Oakland Athletics 6-4 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 7-6 San Diego Padres
Seattle Mariners 7-6 Los Angeles Angels

 

Yankees at Phillies

The Yankees (9-2) and Phillies (2-4) complete their four-game series on Thursday.

The Miami Marlins enjoyed a winning return to MLB action following their coronavirus outbreak, while World Series champions the Washington Nationals also made a comeback.

Miami had not featured since Opening Day – a COVID-19 outbreak within the Marlins' clubhouse leading to an eight-day layoff from baseball.

However, the makeshift Marlins – sporting a revamped roster with 17 different players – made their long-awaited comeback in a 4-0 win against the Baltimore Orioles on Tuesday.

After the start of the game was delayed 40 minutes as MLB awaited final coronavirus test results, Francisco Cervelli and Jesus Aguilar homered to inspire the Marlins at Camden Yards in Baltimore.

The Marlins, who improved to 3-1 for the season, also rode five shut-out innings from Pablo Lopez.

After a four-day break due to coronavirus, the Nationals trumped the injury-depleted New York Mets 5-3 in a rain-interrupted showdown.

Howie Kendrick and Josh Harrison fuelled the Nationals with homers in Washington.

 

Pujols hits 659th homer

Albert Pujols moved just one home run away from moving fifth on the all-time list after hitting his 659th career homer in a 5-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Pujols' third home run of the season saw him move within touching distance of Hall of Famer Willie Mays' career total of 660, with Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755), Babe Ruth (714) and Alex Rodriguez (696) the only other players ahead of him.

Dustin May struck out a career-high eight batters to help the Los Angeles Dodgers down the San Diego Padres 5-2. It was May's first career win against the Padres following two losses.

A walk-off grand slam from Stephen Piscotty saw the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 for their fourth consecutive victory. Athletics prospect Jesus Luzardo pitched five scoreless innings in his first career start.

 

Bumgarner roughed up by Astros

Madison Bumgarner endured his worst outing of the season in the Arizona Diamondbacks' 8-2 loss to the Houston Astros. Bumgarner – a high-profile recruit from the San Francisco Giants – gave up eight runs over 4.3 innings. He gave up seven hits, hit three batters, walked two and recorded an error in the fourth.

The Toronto Blue Jays were torched 10-1 by the Atlanta Braves as Matt Shoemaker struggled. He gave up six hits and six runs in 4.6 innings in his first start since July 25.

 

Papa Trout

After becoming a father for the first time, Angels star Mike Trout returned to the mount following a four-game absence. His comeback resulted in a home run in the opening inning. Pujols also homered in the first inning – the 10th time the Angels pair have homered in the opening frame, which is the most by any team-mate in league history per STATS.

 

 

Tuesday's results

Cleveland Indians 4-2 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Washington Nationals 5-3 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 10-1 Toronto Blue Jays
Miami Marlins 4-0 Baltimore Orioles
Chicago White 3-2 Milwaukee Brewers
Chicago Cubs 5-4 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 5-2 San Francisco Giants
Houston Astros 8-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 San Diego Padres
Oakland Athletics 5-1 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Angels 5-3 Seattle Mariners
Minnesota Twins 7-3 Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Phillies at Yankees

The Philadelphia Phillies and high-flying New York Yankees will meet in a doubleheader on Wednesday. Originally scheduled for Tuesday before being postponed due to severe inclement weather, the Yankees will be the home team in the first game before the Phillies became the hosts in the second clash at Citizens Bank Park.

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