MLB scores, news, trade rumors, live team updates: Matt Carpenter makes history at Wrigley

Thanks to a doubleheader on Chicago's north side, this Saturday was set to bring us an extra full 16-game slate of MLB action. That is, before games in Philadelphia and Washington were called early due to weather.

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Saturday's scores

Carpenter makes history in Wrigley doubleheader

Is anyone hotter than Matt Carpenter right now? I don't think so. Carpenter followed up Friday's three-homer, two-double game with another home run in his second at-bat Saturday (a Cardinals loss). Then he added a pinch-hit home run in the second game of the doubleheader (a Cardinals win). Here's the first one ... 

And here's the second one ... 

Like the man said, Carpenter has now homered in six straight games (he's also totaled eight home runs over those six games). That ties Mark McGwire's franchise record, but McGwire's six game streak spanned two seasons. The last hitter to smack eight homers in six games? That was Barry Bonds in 2001. And specific to the venue in question ... 

Keep in mind that, as recently as May 15, Carpenter was hitting .140/.286/.272 for the season. Legitimately terrible. Since then though, Carpenter owns a .346/.435/.738 batting line with 24 doubles and 20 home runs in 56 games. Then he added another two homers on Saturday. The guy is absolutely out of his mind right now.

Rockies win seventh straight

The Rockies edged the D-Backs and won their seventh straight game. They're now a season-best eight games over .500, and they're also now a half-game ahead of the Diamondbacks in the NL West standings. They're also just a game behind the Dodgers, who lost in Milwaukee (see below). 

On Saturday night, Tom Murphy came up big for Colorado in the eighth ... 

That, by the way, is Murphy's first home run since 2016. 

Mauer makes Twins history

Minnesota native and Twins icon Joe Mauer set the franchise record for doubles on Saturday ... 

In his age-35 season, Mauer is batting .283/.370/.375.

Covey outpitches King Felix

Seattle's Felix Hernandez returned from the DL (lower-back stiffness) to start against the White Sox on Saturday night. He pitched passably, as he allowed three earned on five hits in five innings of work. Outdoing him was his counterpart Dylan Covey, who entered this start with a 5.69 ERA for the season and a 6.82 ERA for his career. Here's how that went ... 

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Dylan Covey CHW • SP • 68
vs. SEA, 7/21
IP8 1/3
H2
R0
SO5
BB2

Covey had a no-hitter until Dee Gordon broke it up with one out in the sixth. Also, there was this ... 

That didn't come to pass. Covey was at 97 pitches after allowing a hit in the ninth, so Joakim Soria closed it out. Make that 274 games and counting for the White Sox. 

Brewers stop the bleeding against Dodgers, Kershaw

The Brewers' seven-game losing streak is over, and the prevailed over Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers to get their first win since they beat the Marlins on July 10. Even though Milwaukee starter Chase Anderson got worked for 42 pitches and two runs in the first and last just four innings, the Brewers were able to claw back against Kershaw (when he was pretty much on). The Brewers bullpen worked five scoreless, and Christian Yelich came up big in the sixth with the Crew down by a run ... 

That's Yelich's 12 home run of the season, and he's now batting a productive .300/.369/.483 on the year with 13 stolen bases. 

On the other side, Manny Machado went just 1-for-5 in his second game as a Dodger, but he did show off that vaunted throwing arm ... 

So that was the highlight. The lowlight is that the Dodgers committed three errors on the night, including a pair by Max Muncy at third base.

Astros drop Angels below .500

The Angels' loss to Houston on Saturday night means they're below .500 for the first time since their Opening Day loss dropped them to 0-1 for the season. Justin Verlander worked six scoreless for the champs, and George Springer contributed this grand slam ... 

That's the fifth grand slam of Springer's career, and all five have come on the road. He now holds the franchise record for grand slams on the road. 

As for the Astros in general, their 7-0 means they've pushed their MLB-best run differential to plus-197. In matters related ... 

Are the Astros good? People, the Astros are good.

The Pirates are back above .500

The Pirates got off to a hot start this season. They won eight of their first 10 to start the year, and on May 17 they were in first place and a season-best nine games over .500. Predictably enough, though, the Buccos faded. They wound up going 12-15 in May and then followed that up with a 10-16 mark in June. As recently as July 7, they were eight games under .500. 

Well, in topping the Reds on Saturday night the Pirates won their eighth straight and got back above the .500 mark for the first time since June 6. They're still playoff longshots -- coming into Saturday the SportsLine Projection Model gave them just a 1.8 percent chance to make the postseason -- but of late Clint Hurdle's club has reminded us not to forget about them entirely. 

Chapman nearly blows four-run lead in Yankees win

Very interesting ninth inning at Yankee Stadium on Saturday. The Yankees turned a 7-3 lead over to closer Aroldis Chapman in the ninth inning because he needed work following the long layoff and the All-Star break. What followed was not pretty. Chapman faced five batters:

Five batters, five baserunners, 19 pitches, three strikes. A spectacular meltdown. Chapman entered the game with a four-run lead and he left with a two-run lead and the bases loaded with no outs. Chasen Shreve was able to escape the mess with a double play (run scored) and a tapper back to the mound. A win is a win, but it was hardly pretty.

Chapman has been pitching through knee tendinitis pretty much all season and, in addition to having no control, his fastball was down to 97.1 mph on average Saturday. That's still really good, but it is down a bit for Chapman, who regularly touches triple-digits.

Manager Aaron Boone chalked up the poor outing to rust.

Because the knee is an ongoing concern -- Chapman has admitted he'll probably have to pitch through it all season and wait until the offseason to get back to 100 percent -- New York's closer situation is worth monitoring. Should Chapman miss time, the Yankees have quality internal ninth-inning options in Dellin Betances and David Robertson (and Chad Green). Could this push them to pursue Zach Britton more aggressively? Developing!

Choo's streak ends as Rangers get wrecked

The Indians bombarded the Rangers on Saturday, as Yonder Alonso homered twice and Melky Cabrera tallied three hits. Compounding matters for Texas is that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo went 0-for-4 without a walk or HBP. That means his streak of reaching base in 52 straight games -- the longest streak since Kevin Millar's in 2007 -- has come to an end. 

More bad news for the Rangers? How about this ... 

Nope, not a good night down in Texas.

Trade target Fiers impresses against Boston

So here's some relevant info regarding Mike Fiers' start against the Red Sox on Saturday ... 

Let's update those numbers ... 

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Mike Fiers OAK • SP • 50
vs. BOS, 7/21
IP6 1/3
H7
R0
SO6
BB3

Yep, Fiers twirled a gem against one of the best offenses in baseball. Thanks mostly to Fiers, Boston was shut out for just the fourth time this season. In doing so, Fiers lowered his 2018 ERA to 3.49. No, he's not a headline-grabber as deadline targets go, but he can be a useful depth piece for a team in need of rotation help. That certainly describes the Red Sox, who presently have three starting pitchers on the DL. 

On the upside for Boston, Mookie Betts on Saturday perpetrated the catch of the day ... 

Elite hitter, elite baserunner, elite fielder -- Betts is indeed a leading AL MVP candidate this season. 

Stanton hits another one

Another home run? No, another infield single. Giancarlo Stanton beat out a little tapper to third base to begin the Yankees' four-run fourth inning rally Saturday afternoon. It was Stanton's 18th -- 18th! -- infield single of the season.

Stanton's previous career high was 13 infield singles in 2014. Now he already has 18 with 65 games to play. Weird. 

Stanton has 23 home runs this season. Can he finish with more infield singles than homers? I am weirdly curious to find out.

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