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Cole continues streak as Yankees win again, DeGrom shines

By Sports Desk August 04, 2020

Gerrit Cole continued his streak of wins as the New York Yankees were victorious again, while Jacob deGrom impressed in MLB on Monday.

Cole extended his regular-season streak of victories to 19 in the Yankees' 6-3 win over the Philadelphia Phillies.

He gave up five hits in six innings with four strikeouts as the Yankees improved to 8-1.

Gio Urshela hit a three-run home run for the Yankees in the sixth inning.

DeGrom struck out 10 over six innings in the Mets' 7-2 win against the Atlanta Braves.

In a blow to the Braves, starting pitcher Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of the season.

Bryant homers on return as Cubs' pitchers shine

Kris Bryant returned from illness and hit a home run as the Chicago Cubs overcame the Kansas City Royals 2-0.

Through 10 games this season, Cubs starting pitchers have held their opponents to a .156 batting average, which is the lowest allowed by any team's starting pitchers through 10 games of a season in the live-ball era (since 1920), as per STATS. Alec Mills gave up just three hits in seven innings.

Sonny Gray has made 36 straight starts without allowing more than six hits after shining again. The Cincinnati Reds edged the Cleveland Indians 3-2.

Nolan Arenado hit a two-run homer as the Colorado Rockies improved to 7-2 by beating the San Francisco Giants 7-6.

 

Arrieta battles for Phillies

Jake Arrieta struggled in the Phillies' loss. He conceded seven hits and three runs in five innings.

 

Cruz walk-off

Nelson Cruz hit a walk-off single as the Minnesota Twins beat the Pittsburgh Pirates 5-4.

Monday's results

Cincinnati Reds 3-2 Cleveland Indians
New York Yankees 6-3 Philadelphia Phillies
New York Mets 7-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago White Sox 6-4 Milwaukee Brewers
Minnesota Twins 5-4 Pittsburgh Pirates
Chicago Cubs 2-0 Kansas City Royals
Colorado Rockies 7-6 San Francisco Giants
San Diego Padres 5-4 Los Angeles Dodgers
Oakland Athletics 11-1 Seattle Mariners

 

Dodgers at Padres

The Los Angeles Dodgers (7-4) dropped their series opener against the San Diego Padres (7-4) on Monday and the teams meet again on Tuesday.

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    The Toronto Blue Jays have confirmed the signing of star free agent and MLB World Series champion George Springer on a six-year deal.

    Reports emerged earlier this week that Springer, one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, was set to sign a lucrative, long-term, $150million contract with Toronto.

    The emerging Blue Jays, who returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016, have been looking to make a splash in free agency as they seek to add experience to an exciting young core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio.

    And in a boost to their hopes of clinching a first World Series success since 1993, Toronto on Saturday confirmed the deal for Springer – a World Series winner and MVP with the Houston Astros in 2017.

    Springer tallied a team-high 14 homers, 37 runs, 50 hits and 32 RBIs with a .265 average in 189 at-bats as the Astros reached the AL Championship Series (ALCS) last season.

    Having made his Astros debut in 2014, 31-year-old Springer amassed 174 home runs – the third-most by a Houston player in their first seven career seasons – 567 runs, 832 hits and 458 RBIs with a .270 average in 3,087 at-bats.

    A three-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger, Springer has hit 19 postseason home runs from 63 games, tied for fourth on the all-time list, behind Rickey Henderson (73), Ian Kinsler (48) and Brady Anderson (44).

    The New York Mets had been Toronto's main competition for Springer's signature, but the Blue Jays were able to offer the best deal.

    According to league sources, the Mets' final offer came in at $120m to $125m over six years.

    The Blue Jays and Mets had been the two finalists for Springer for much of this offseason, but New York’s additions of star shortstop Francisco Lindor and others put the Blue Jays in the driver's seat, where they could use the payroll flexibility that comes with such a young team.

  • Former MLB home run leader Aaron dies at 86 Former MLB home run leader Aaron dies at 86

    Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Aaron, one of baseball’s most iconic sluggers who held Major League Baseball’s cherished career home runs record for 33 years, died on Friday at his Georgia home at the age of 86. 

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    Aaron was named to a record 21 All-Star teams and won two National League batting titles and the league's Most Valuable Player award in 1957, but his most notable accomplishment came near the end of his distinguished career. On April 8, 1974, the then 40-year-old homered off the Los Angeles Dodgers' Al Downing at Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium to surpass Babe Ruth's MLB record of 714 home runs – a mark that had stood since 1935. 

    The achievement was met with both fanfare and vitriol in some cases, with Aaron often subjected to overt racism in the form of hate mail and even death threats from those who objected to his pursuit of Ruth's record. 

    Following a two-year stint with the Milwaukee Brewers, Aaron retired in 1976 with 755 homers. Though Barry Bonds would later exceed that number in 2007, "Hammerin' Hank" still ranks as MLB's all-time leader with 2,297 RBIs, 6,856 total bases and 1,477 extra-base hits.  

    "Hank Aaron is near the top of everyone's list of all-time great players. His monumental achievements as a player were surpassed only by his dignity and integrity as a person," MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said in a statement. 

    "Hank symbolised the very best of our game, and his all-around excellence provided Americans and fans across the world with an example to which to aspire.  

    "His career demonstrates that a person who goes to work with humility every day can hammer his way into history -- and find a way to shine like no other."

    Born in Mobile, Alabama. In 1934, Aaron broke into professional baseball at age 17 as a shortstop with the Indianapolis Clowns of the Negro American League in 1952 and had his contract purchased by the then-Boston Braves shortly afterward. He reached the majors in 1954 with the Braves then having moved to Milwaukee, and won his first NL batting crown two years later after hitting .328 in 153 games. 

    Aaron followed up with a sensational 1957 campaign in which he led the majors with 44 homers and 132 RBIs while batting .322 to claim his only NL MVP. The Brewers capped that season by defeating the New York Yankees in seven games for the franchise's lone World Series title in Milwaukee.  

    Aaron would lead the NL in both homers and RBIs three more times during his career and won another batting title in 1959. He also won three straight Gold Gloves from 1958-60 and completed his career with 3,771 hits, third in MLB history behind Pete Rose and Ty Cobb. 

    One of only four players in MLB history with 600 homers and 3,000 hits (Willie Mays, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez), Aaron was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility in 1982. He was named on nearly 98 percent of ballots.  

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    George Springer is reportedly packing his bags and heading to the Rogers Centre.

    Widespread reports claim the Toronto Blue Jays have agreed to a six-year, $150million contract with star free agent and MLB World Series champion Springer – the largest deal in franchise history, eclipsing Vernon Wells' $126m extension in 2006.

    The emerging Blue Jays, who returned to the playoffs last season for the first time since 2016, had been looking to make a splash in free agency after recruiting ace Ryu Hyun-jin ahead of the 2020 campaign.

    Toronto appear to have landed their number one target and one of the most coveted free agents this offseason, despite interest in the likes of Francisco Lindor and DJ LeMahieu, as they challenge the likes of the New York Yankees, Tampa Bay Rays and Chicago White Sox in the American League.

    Springer – a World Series winner and MVP with the Houston Astros – brings a wealth of postseason experience to an exciting young core of Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio in Toronto, where the Blue Jays also boast number one right-handed pitching prospect Nate Pearson.

    Teoscar Hernandez also had a breakout season for the Blue Jays, resulting in his first Silver Slugger Award.

    But what does Springer's arrival mean for the Blue Jays in their pursuit of a first World Series crown since 1993? We take a look using Stats Perform data.

    Experience and lead-off ability

    Springer led the Astros to ultimate glory in 2017.

    The 31-year-old outfielder tallied a team-high 14 homers, 37 runs, 50 hits and 32 RBIs with a .265 average in 189 at-bats as the Astros reached the AL Championship Series (ALCS) last season.

    Springer leads MLB with 136 home runs from the lead-off spot since 2015. The Blue Jays as a team have 129 homers from the lead-off spot over that time.

    A two-time Silver Slugger, Springer has 39 lead-off home runs in his career – fourth most all-time behind Rickey Henderson (73), Ian Kinsler (48) and Brady Anderson (44).

    Springer has recorded seven career World Series home runs – most from the lead-off spot all-time – and he is 19-for-56 (.339) in the World Series in his career. No other current Blue Jays player has a World Series hit in their career.

    The three-time All-Star's 174 home runs since debuting in MLB via Houston are third most by an Astro in a player's first seven career seasons, behind only Jeff Bagwell (187) and Lance Berkman (180).

    In 15 career games at the Blue Jays' Rogers Centre, Springer has slashed .358/.453/.604 with seven extra-base hits and 10 RBIs.

    Springer to compliment Toronto's young star power

    It has been a long time since Jose Bautista's memorable bat flip and back-to-back trips to the ALCS in 2015 and 2016.

    But Guerrero, Gurriel, Bichette and Biggio have given Blue Jays fans a lot to be excited about.

    The big-hitting quartet took the MLB by storm during last season's coronavirus-shortened campaign, lighting up the league and helping Toronto to a 32-28 record before losing to eventual World Series participants the Rays in the AL Wild Card Round.

    Bichette is the first shortstop in MLB history to have a .300-plus batting average and a .500-plus slugging percentage in each of his first two seasons (minimum 125 plate appearances in both seasons).

    Blue Jays team-mate Biggio became the first player in league history to have at least 20 home runs, 20 stolen bases and 100 walks through his first 159 career games (that is how many games he has played so far).

    As for Guerrero, he is the only MLB player currently 21 or younger who has at least 100 career RBIs.

    Of players aged 25 or younger, the Blue Jays topped a number of categories last season.

    Based on age at the time of games, the Blue Jays had the most hits (234), runs (148), home runs (38), RBIs (137), XBH (93) and BB (103) in 2020.

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