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.

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.

The New York Yankees continued their fast start to the MLB season, while Mookie Betts impressed in a loss.

The Yankees improved to 5-1 with a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

Aaron Judge hit his third home run of the season, his two-run blast in the third inning giving the Yankees a lead they would not relinquish.

Brett Gardner also homered for the Yankees, who condemned the Red Sox to a 3-5 record.

Betts went three-of-five and hit his first homer for the Dodgers in a 5-3 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.

It ended the Dodgers' three-game winning streak, but they are 5-3 this season.

Dynamic Darvish

Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish gave up just two hits in six innings and struck out seven in a 6-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Travis D'Arnaud went three-of-four and had five RBIs in the Atlanta Braves' 11-10 victory against the New York Mets.

Kyle Lewis impressed again for the Seattle Mariners. He became the first rookie to tally 15 or more hits through his team's first eight games of a season since 1977, as per STATS. Lewis went two-of-four in a 5-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

Castillo struggles

Luis Castillo conceded five runs and eight hits in six innings in the Cincinnati Reds' 7-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

 

Brilliant Betts

To go with his home run, Betts showed off his incredible arm.

Friday's results

New York Yankees 5-1 Boston Red Sox
Atlanta Braves 11-10 New York Mets
Detroit Tigers 7-2 Cincinnati Reds
Baltimore Orioles 6-3 Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox 3-2 Kansas City Royals
Minnesota Twins 4-1 Cleveland Indians
Chicago Cubs 6-3 Pittsburgh Pirates
San Francisco Giants 9-2 Texas Rangers
Seattle Mariners 5-3 Oakland Athletics
San Diego Padres 8-7 Colorado Rockies
Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 Los Angeles Dodgers
Houston Astros 9-6 Los Angeles Angels

 

Red Sox at Yankees

Masahiro Tanaka is set to start for the Yankees (5-1) as they continue their series against the Red Sox (3-5) on Saturday.

Gerrit Cole stayed hot to lead the New York Yankees past the Baltimore Orioles 9-3, while MLB World Series champions the Washington Nationals returned to winning ways.

Yankees ace Cole earned his 18th consecutive regular-season win as the star-studded New York franchise trounced the Orioles on Wednesday.

A high-profile recruit from the Houston Astros, the three-time All-Star retired 14 successive batters and 19 of 20 following Jose Iglesias' first-inning RBI double in a seven-strikeout effort.

It was Cole's second victory in as many starts for the Yankees, who were also fuelled by home runs from DJ LeMahieu, Aaron Judge and Aaron Hicks.

The Yankees, whose schedule has been altered due to the coronavirus outbreak within the Miami Marlins clubhouse, top the American League (AL) East with a 3-1 record.

As for the Nationals, they ended their slump via a 4-0 extra-inning win against the Toronto Blue Jays.

The Nationals had lost three straight games to sit 1-4 but snapped their skid thanks to a four-run 10th inning after playing as a home team in their own ballpark for the first time.

The Blue Jays – set to be based in Buffalo for their home fixtures – have been forced to relocate from Toronto due to the COVID-19 crisis.

 

Ohtani hits first homer of 2020, Dodgers sweep Astros

After struggling in his long-awaited return, Los Angeles Angels star Shohei Ohtani enjoyed a better outing against the Seattle Mariners. He hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the fourth inning. It also marked the first home run of Ohtani's career on 0-2 count.

Almost three years after losing the 2017 World Series to the Houston Astros, which has since been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal, the Los Angeles Dodgers finally claimed a series against their rivals. Edwin Rios' two-run homer guided the Dodgers to a 4-2 victory at Minute Maid Park and a two-game sweep.

Brandon Woodruff's dominant display helped the Milwaukee Brewers shut out the Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0. Woodruff struck out 10 batters and retired 17 consecutive batters as the Brewers earned their first series triumph of 2020.

 

Hand struggles to stop White Sox

Cleveland Indians reliver Brad Hand was ineffective in a 4-0 loss to the Chicago White Sox. After Zach Plesac struck out a career-high 11 to shut out the White Sox on three hits through eight innings, Hand was unable to continue the job. He gave up a walk and hit a batter in the ninth before sacrifice flies from Yasmani Grandal and Eloy Jimenez helped the White Sox end a three-game losing streak.

 

Cubs' first triple play since 1997

The Chicago Cubs lost 12-7 to the Cincinnati Reds but they completed a 23-year first for the franchise. For the first time since 1997 against the San Francisco Giants, the Cubs produced a triple play in the seventh inning.

Wednesday's results

Detroit Tigers 5-4 Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox 4-0 Cleveland Indians
Washington Nationals 4-0 Toronto Blue Jays
Texas Rangers 7-4 Arizona Diamondbacks
Colorado Rockies 5-1 Oakland Athletics
Seattle Mariners 10-7 Los Angeles Angels
San Francisco Giants 7-6 San Diego Padres
Minnesota Twins 3-0 St Louis Cardinals
New York Yankees 9-3 Baltimore Orioles
Los Angeles Dodgers 4-2 Houston Astros
Boston Red Sox 6-5 New York Mets
Atlanta Braves 7-4 Tampa Bay Rays
Milwaukee Brewers 3-0 Pittsburgh Pirates
Cincinnati Reds 12-7 Chicago Cubs

 

Indians at Twins

The Minnesota Twins will look to improve to an AL-best 5-1 record when they host Central rivals the Indians on Thursday. Jose Berrios will take to the mound, while the Indians are set to counter with Shane Bieber.

Adam Silver says the NBA would be prepared for the 2019-20 season to "cease completely" if there was a coronavirus outbreak on the league campus in Florida.

The campaign is set to restart on Thursday amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with 22 teams at the Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando to play eight seeding games and then the playoffs.

But with MLB's return quickly hampered by a number of positive tests in the Miami Marlins team, prompting postponements, NBA commissioner Silver is wary of potential complications in his own sport.

The league have plans in place for individual confirmed cases but would act swiftly should the virus pass through a confined campus, as happened in the Marlins' clubhouse.

"It's not an exact science, because nobody's ever done this before," Silver told Good Morning America on ABC. "We have plans in place where we might pause - similar to what baseball's doing now.

"Probably if we had any significant spread at all, we'd immediately stop and what we'd try to do is to track and determine where they're coming from and whether there had been a spread on campus.

"I would say, ultimately, we would cease completely if we saw that this was spreading around the campus and something more than an isolated case was happening."

Explaining this approach, Silver added: "It's health and safety first. That's always been our guidepost going into this.

"We've worked very closely with the Players Association and all the teams on this, and we know - it's one thing we've always pointed out - that it's about relative safety at this point.

"When you look at the high case rates not just in Florida but around the country - we also had significant numbers of players testing positive between the time we shut down the season and when we restarted - we jokingly have said, but maybe it's not so funny, that the safest place in the world may be on this campus at Disney.

"If that were to turn out to not be the case, we certainly would stop."

However, Silver is confident ahead of the restart, with the NBA taking a different approach to MLB, where players continue to travel the country to play at home stadiums.

He said: "The word 'anxious' would describe how I feel. We've been working at this for a long time, but there is a high case rate in Florida, down in Orange County where Orlando is.

"We're seeing what's happening in baseball with the Marlins, so it's something we're continuing to track very closely.

"Having said that, we have confidence in this protocol that we designed. It's not actually a sealed 'bubble', but everyone that's on that campus is tested on a daily basis.

"They're taking extraordinary precautions. The only time they're not wearing masks is when they're actually playing basketball.

"It's to the extent that when somebody tests positive, we'll obviously track them closely. We quarantine people when they first come down. So, we think we have a plan in place that should work."

The Toronto Blue Jays heaped more misery on the slumping Washington Nationals following a 5-1 victory in MLB on Tuesday.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Lourdes Gurriel Jr. homered for the Blue Jays as World Series champions the Nationals slumped to their third consecutive defeat.

It was a forgettable outing for the Nationals in Washington, where two outfielders collided on Guerrero's homer and two errors from second baseman Starlin Castro led to three unearned runs.

The Nationals – without star slugger Juan Soto – are now 1-4 for the season, usually not a big deal but it is a lot different in 2020 due to the condensed 60-game regular campaign amid the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Baez fuels Cubs, Indians sweep doubleheader

Javier Baez was the hero for the Chicago Cubs, hitting a pair of home runs in an 8-5 victory against the Cincinnati Reds. The 2016 World Series champion and two-time All-Star also doubled in the fifth and later scored to help the Cubs improve to 4-1 for the season.

The Cleveland Indians claimed their doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox – winning 4-3 and 5-3. Carlos Santana hit a three-run homer in the second game, while Oscar Mercado had a two-run single.

Albert Pujols recorded his 657th career home run to lift the Los Angeles Angels past the Seattle Mariners 10-2. Pujols punished Mariners reliever Nestor Cortes in the fifth inning for his first homer of the season. The 40-year-old is now just three home runs shy of tying Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth on the all-time list.

The San Diego Padres topped the San Francisco Giants 5-3 after Fernando Tatis Jr. sent a home run to the right-field porch at Oracle Park. The homer turned an early deficit into a 3-1 lead for the Padres, who improved to 4-1 for the best record in the National League alongside the Cubs.

 

Cardinals lose Mikolas

The St Louis Cardinals will be without starter Miles Mikolas for the remainder of the season. Mikolas – an All-Star in 2018 – requires surgery to repair the flexor tendon in his right arm. St Louis lost 6-3 to the Minnesota Twins.

It was a forgettable night for the Houston Astros, who lost 5-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a spiteful showdown. Welcoming the Dodgers to Minute Maid Park for the first time since the 2017 World Series, which has been overshadowed by the sign-stealing scandal involving the Astros – who went on to outlast the Los Angeles franchise in seven games during that MLB showpiece series, Houston conceded five runs in the fifth inning. There was plenty of words spoken as the benches cleared in the sixth inning.

 

Donaldson brings the rain

Twins recruit Josh Donaldson hit his first home run for his new team. The three-time All-Star, two-time Silver Slugger and 2015 American League MVP arrived from the Atlanta Braves this year.

 

Tuesday's results

Cleveland Indians 4-3 Chicago White Sox
Cleveland Indians 5-3 Chicago White Sox
Toronto Blue Jays 5-1 Washington Nationals
Tampa Bay Rays 5-2 Atlanta Braves
Chicago Cubs 8-5 Cincinnati Reds
Pittsburgh Pirates 8-6 Milwaukee Brewers
Detroit Tigers 4-3 Kansas City Royals
New York Mets 8-3 Boston Red Sox
Minnesota Twins 6-3 St Louis Cardinals
Arizona Diamondbacks 4-1 Texas Rangers
Los Angeles Dodgers 5-2 Houston Astros
Colorado Rockies 8-3 Oakland Athletics
Los Angeles Angels 10-2 Seattle Mariners
San Diego Padres 5-3 San Francisco Giants
New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies (postponed)
Baltimore Orioles-Miami Marlins (postponed)

 

Yankees at Orioles

After agreeing to a schedule change, the New York Yankees (2-1) will face the Baltimore Orioles (2-1) on the road on Wednesday. The Miami Marlins' COVID-19 outbreak has had a domino effect throughout the league following the postponement of Tuesday's Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies matchup. Instead, the Yankees will now meet the Orioles in Baltimore midweek. The Orioles were scheduled to take on the Marlins, but Miami's season has been suspended through Sunday.

The Miami Marlins will not play another game until Monday at the earliest after MLB announced their schedule has been postponed following four more players testing positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. 

The latest round of positive tests brings the total number of Miami players to test positive to 15. 

As part of the domino effect of all the positive tests by the Marlins, the New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game for tonight has been postponed for the second day in a row amid concerns of the Yankees sharing the same clubhouse the Marlins used at Philadelphia's Citizens Bank Park over this past weekend. 

The Phillies were then scheduled to travel to New York to complete a home-and-home series on Wednesday and Thursday, but those games have also been postponed as a precautionary measure over the health of Phillies players following their series with the Marlins. 

As a result, the Yankees will now play on Wednesday and Thursday against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards, where the Marlins had been scheduled to play on those days in an effort to create more scheduling flexibility later in the season. 

"The health and safety protocols were designed with a challenging circumstance like the one facing the Marlins in mind," MLB said in a statement. "The response outlined in the joint MLB-MLBPA Operations Manual was triggered immediately upon learning of the cluster of positive cases, including contact tracing and the quarantining and testing of all of the identified close contacts. The Marlins' personnel who tested positive remain in isolation and are receiving care."

MLB said in over 6,400 coronavirus tests conducted since Friday, there have been no new positives of on-field personnel from the other 29 teams. 

Prior to the latest round of positive test results by the Marlins revealed on Tuesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, the United States' top infectious disease expert, said on ABC's ''Good Morning America'' that the Marlins outbreak could threaten the rest of the MLB season being played. 

''This could put it in danger,'' he said. ''I don't believe they need to stop, but we just need to follow this and see what happens with other teams on a day-by-day basis.'' 

On Monday, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred said he is "optimistic" the league's protocols are strong enough to finish the season despite the Marlins' outbreak. 

News of an outbreak came after Miami starter Jose Urena was removed from the line-up just hours before Sunday's game without reason. 

With the latest postponements, the Marlins would be slated to play 57 games in 56 days with the 2020 season scheduled to conclude on September 27. 

The Washington Nationals and Boston Red Sox both fell to 1-3 to begin the MLB season.

The Nationals and Red Sox saw their slow starts to the reduced 60-game campaign continue.

Reigning World Series champions Washington fell to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1, while the Red Sox were beaten 7-4 by the New York Mets on Monday.

It came on a day when the Miami Marlins-Baltimore Orioles and New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies games were postponed due to a coronavirus outbreak.

 

History for Stephenson, Hernandez shines

Tyler Stephenson became the first Cincinnati Reds player to homer in his first plate appearance since 1950, per MLB Pipeline, in an 8-7 loss to the Chicago Cubs.

Teoscar Hernandez went two-for-five with two solo home runs in the Blue Jays' win over the Nationals.

The Houston Astros' Alex Bregman hit his 100th career homer in an 8-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners.

 

Foltynewicz, Funkhouser struggle

Mike Foltynewicz struggled. The Atlanta Braves pitcher gave up six runs in 3.1 innings in a 14-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Detroit Tigers pitcher Kyle Funkhouser conceded five runs in an inning in a defeat against the Kansas City Royals.

 

Alonso goes deep

Pete Alonso homered in the Mets' victory over the Red Sox.

Monday's results

Oakland Athletics 3-0 Los Angeles Angels
San Diego Padres 6-2 Arizona Diamondbacks
Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Washington Nationals
Chicago Cubs 8-7 Cincinnati Reds
Tampa Bay Rays 14-5 Atlanta Braves
Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 Pittsburgh Pirates
Kansas City Royals 14-6 Detroit Tigers
Houston Astros 8-5 Seattle Mariners
New York Mets 7-4 Boston Red Sox

 

Mets at Red Sox

Matt Hall will make his first MLB start as the Red Sox (1-3) look to bounce back against the Mets (2-2) at Fenway Park.

Monday's games between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Yankees and the Miami Marlins and Baltimore Orioles have been postponed, MLB has confirmed.

The Marlins played a three-game series in Philadelphia last week but delayed their return home to Miami amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak in the team.

There have been reports of as many as 14 individuals in the Marlins camp contracting COVID-19.

MLB did not release details of the number of confirmed cases but said it was waiting on the results of "additional testing".

The New York Yankees claimed their season-opening series against the Washington Nationals after Gleyber Torres sparked a comeback in MLB action on Sunday.

Torres smashed a seventh-inning home run and delivered a go-ahead RBI single in the eighth as the Yankees topped World Series champions the Nationals 3-2 in Washington.

With the win, the Yankees earned a 2-1 series victory to open the 2020 campaign, which has been reduced to 60 regular-season games amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Nationals pitcher Patrick Corbin had retired 18 of 19 batters through six innings before his shut-out bid was ended by Torres' homer to left field.

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout, meanwhile, homered on a 3-0 pitch for the first time in his 10-year career.

Trout – a three-time American League MVP – blasted a three-run homer off Mike Fiers in the Angels' 6-4 defeat against the Oakland Athletics, his 286th career home run.

 

Rojas flirts with cycle, Carrasco completes inspirational return

Miguel Rojas almost hit for the cycle as the Miami Marlins beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-6. Since their inaugural season in 1993, no Marlins player has reached the feat, despite the franchise celebrating two World Series championships among other honours. But Rojas came close, finishing a double shy after going three-for-four. The 31-year-old hit the game-tying three-run homer, an RBI triple and a single, and scored three times.

Carlos Carrasco completed an inspiring comeback. Following his leukemia diagnosis more than a year ago, the Cleveland Indians pitcher – who had not featured since May 2019 – struck out 10 batters in a 9-2 rout of the Kansas City Royals.

Kevin Kiermaier's two-run triple in the 10th inning lifted the Tampa Bay Rays past the Toronto Blue Jays 6-5. The Blue Jays had led 4-2 in the ninth and 5-4 again in the 10th, but the Rays rallied both times.

The Minnesota Twins crushed the Chicago White Sox 14-2 thanks to Jake Cave's grand slam and a pair of home runs from Nelson Cruz.

Trevor Story's two homers inspired the Colorado Rockies to a 5-2 victory at the Texas Rangers, who lost debutant Corey Kluber to shoulder tightness after just one inning.

 

Ohtani fails to record out

Angels star Shohei Ohtani endured a difficult return to the mound. Following an 18-month recovery after tearing his ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in 2018, Ohtani did not record an out. The 26-year-old walked three batters, gave up three singles from 30 pitches and was charged with five earned runs. He left the game with the Angels trailing 4-0.

For the first time since 1954 when there were only eight clubs in each league, no team have started the season 3-0. All 30 franchises have a loss this term.

 

Riley goes long, very long

Austin Riley blasted a home run off the third deck as the Atlanta Braves crushed the New York Mets 14-1.

Braves team-mate Ronald Acuna Jr. produced a highlight of his own with a stunning catch.

 

Sunday's results

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

 

Blue Jays at Nationals

The Blue Jays (1-2), displaced from Toronto due to the COVID-19 crisis, will not start playing at their temporary home in Buffalo until August 11. Until then, the Jays will continue to be on the road as they visit World Series champions the Nationals (1-2) on Monday.

The Miami Marlins have delayed their return home amid fears of a coronavirus outbreak within the MLB team.

Miami claimed a 2-1 series win away to the Philadelphia Phillies following Sunday's 11-6 victory at Citizens Bank Park.

However, the Marlins postponed their post-game trip back to Miami following reports of positive COVID-19 tests.

Marlins starter Jose Urena – who was scheduled to face the Phillies on Sunday before being scratched just hours before the game without reason – reportedly contracted coronavirus, along with three team-mates.

"The guys that tested positive are quarantined here in Philly,'' said Marlins manager Don Mattingly, whose team will fly out to Miami on Monday.

The 2020 MLB season finally got underway on July 23, having initially been scheduled to start in March prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Due to the coronavirus-enforced break and crisis, the campaign will only consist of 60 regular-season games and an expanded postseason.

"We were more comfortable flying as a group later," Mattingly added. "We're talking about these guys traveling back home to their families and their kids, and it's the reason we want to be safe.

"It's fair to say guys are concerned about things. They want how they're feeling about the situation to be heard. I think it's fair. We're talking about health."

Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds placed Mike Moustakas on the injured list after the three-time All-Star felt sick prior to Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Detroit Tigers.

It comes after Reds team-mate Matt Davidson returned a positive test on Saturday, having started as a designated hitter on Opening Day Friday.

"He woke up not feeling well," Reds manager David Bell. "That's all we know at this point, so we're hopeful that it's nothing. As you can imagine, we're just very hopeful that it's nothing and he'll be back … Just to be really cautious.

"Hopefully, we're just being overly cautious. That's what we have to do, and that's part of being a great team-mate at this point, is if there is any doubt, we have to stay home."

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