The MLB schedule for Tuesday is stuffed with 15 night games, so let's jump right in ...
- Orioles 12, Rangers 1 (box score)
- Pirates 4, Brewers 3 (box score)
- Diamondbacks 11, Reds 2 (box score)
- Cardinals 5, Mets 0 (box score)
- Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 4 in 15 innings (box score)
- Phillies 5, Marlins 2 (box score)
- Cubs 5, Braves 1 (box score)
- Yankees 6, Twins 3 (box score)
- Dodgers 1, White Sox 0 (box score)
- Astros 6, Mariners 2 (box score)
- Tigers 9, Royals 3 (box score)
- Rockies 9, Padres 7 (box score)
- Rays 4, Athletics 3 (box score)
- Nationals 4, Angels 3 (box score)
Trout and Harper trade homers on the West Coast
For only the fourth time in the history of the universe, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper are opponents during a regular season game Tuesday night. The Nationals are out in Anaheim for an interleague game with the Halos.
Harper and Trout have met on only one other occasion, not counting All-Star Games. The Angels visited the Nationals for a three-game series back in April 2014, winning two of three on the road. Here's how each young superstar performed in that series:
- Mike Trout: 5 for 14 (.357), 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 4 K
- Bryce Harper: 1 for 11 (.091), 1 BB, 3 K
Trout out-hit Harper in the three games and the Angels won the series. He went on to win his first MVP later that season. Harper won his first (and so far only) MVP the next season.
Harper started Tuesday night's opener with a solo home right over Trout's head in left-center field. Check it out:
That's already four home runs in five game since the All-Star break for Harper.
A few innings later Trout answered Harper's blast with a solo home run of his own. Here's the video:
"What'd you do Tuesday night?" "Oh nothing, I just watched the two best baseball players on the planet trade home runs."
And because that wasn't enough, Harper led off the eighth inning with a triple. He scored on Ryan Zimmerman's single to give the Nationals a 3-2 lead.
What a fun game featuring two of the game's top talents.
Unstoppable Dodgers win 10th straight
Another day, another Dodgers win. This one wasn't a laugher, however. Cody Bellinger drove in a run with a single in the first inning and ... that's it. The final score was 1-0.
Clayton Kershaw made it stand up against the White Sox.
The Dodgers have now won 10 straight games and 30 of their last 34 games -- 30 of their last 34! -- to give them baseball's best record at 65-29.
Dodgers have win streaks of 6, 10, 3, and 10 games in their last 34 games— Eric Stephen (@truebluela) July 19, 2017
The Dodgers are a great regular season team. We know that already. They're still working to get over the hump in the postseason. They don't want to the high point of the Kershaw era to be an NLCS loss.
Marte returns to Pirates
Starling Marte has rejoined the Pirates. Marte's 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension ended Tuesday night and he was back in the lineup in the leadoff spot.
How did the hometown fans at PNC Park greet him? With cheers, mostly.
Mostly applause, with a few loud boos, as Starling Marte was introduced in the Pirates' starting lineup.— Adam Berry (@adamdberry) July 18, 2017
Marte went 1 for 3 with a single and a walk in his first game back from the suspension. He also got picked off second. That's never good.
More important than Marte's return was the game itself, which the Pirates won to inch even closer to the first-place Brewers. The Pirates have won the first two games of this four-game series against Milwaukee to get to within five games of first place. The NL Central race is going to be a lot of fun.
Wacha twirls shutout
Another team inching closer in the NL Central race? The Cardinals. They won for the fifth time in their last seven games Tuesday night to get to within 4 1/2 games of the Brewers. Michael Wacha put the team on his back and tossed a three-hit shutout against the Mets.
Wacha has now allowed no more than two earned runs in each of his last five starts. He's getting hot at just the right time for St. Louis.
Stanton continues home run rampage
Worried the Home Run Derby messed up Giancarlo Stanton? Don't be. The big man crushed his third home run in his last six plate appearances in the first inning of Tuesday's game against the Phillies.
It was, in classic Stanton fashion, a moonshot:
Stanton leads the NL with 29 home runs. He's never hit more than 37 in a season -- he hit 37 in 145 games in 2014 before taking that pitch to the face -- but he has a very real shot to do that this year. Keep in mind Stanton is averaging 42 home runs per 162 games in his career.
Shaw visits the river in Pittsburgh
Has there been a more lopsided trade in baseball this year than the Brewers getting Travis Shaw (and more!) from the Red Sox for Tyler Thornburg? What about over the last five years? I don't think so.
Shaw crushed his 21st home run of the season Tuesday night, a three-run shot that made it all the way to the Allegheny River outside PNC Park. It did hit the sidewalk outside the ballpark first, but I don't care, I'm counting it as a river shot. Those don't come along often.
Here is Shaw's blast:
Thornburg hasn't thrown a pitch this season due to a shoulder injury. Shaw is hitting .293/.361/.564. Goodness.
- Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle went to New York for three prospects, including 2016 first rounder Blake Rutherford, and Tyler Clippard. .
- The Tigers OF J.D. Martinez to the Diamondbacks for three prospects. Arizona is going for it and the Tigers are officially in sell mode.
- The Orioles are Seth Smith and top relievers LHP Zach Britton and RHP Brad Brach. They should be able to get a haul for Britton. OF
- The Yankees Lucas Duda and RHP Addison Reed of the Mets. The two teams have not made a trade since way back in 2004. They also in trading for Athletics 1B Yonder Alonso. in 1B
- The Rockies are Dylan Bundy and RHP Kevin Gausman. at the deadline. They've asked the Orioles about RHP
- The Astros have placed SS Carlos Correa on the DL with a torn ligament in his left thumb. He's expected to be out .
- The Pirates have activated OF Starling Marte from the restricted list. Marte has finished serving his 80-game suspension for violating MLB's PED policy.
- The Dodgers are for the naming rights to the field at Dodger Stadium.
- The Twins have placed SP Phil Hughes directly on the DL with a recurrence of thoracic outlet syndrome symptoms. To take his place on the active roster, the Twins have recalled P Bartolo Colon.
- The Rays have reportedly acquired RHP Chaz Roe from the Braves in exchange for cash considerations.
- The Nationals have designated P Jacob Turner for assignment so that P Edwin Jackson can be added to the active roster. For the time being, Jackson will take Joe Ross' spot in the rotation.
- The Reds have placed SP Scott Feldman on the 10-day DL.
- Former MLB 1B James Loney has reportedly signed with the LG Twins of the Korea Baseball Organization.
- The Marlins have placed INF Martin Prado on the DL with a right knee sprain and reinstated INF Miguel Rojas.
- The Brewers have placed C Stephen Vogt on the DL with a sprained left knee.