MLB Wednesday: Dodgers bullpen implodes in 7-5 loss to Phillies

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Wednesday, the Dodgers bullpen blew a 4-2 lead in the seventh and then a 5-4 lead in the eighth to send the Dodgers to their fourth consecutive loss, a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Phillies. The champagne the team has reserved for its celebration upon clinching the NL West has probably gone flat by now. It has been half-uncorked at least since the middle of August, if not since mid-July. Entering play on June 21, the Dodgers trailed the Arizona Diamondbacks by half a game in the division.…

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2-Year-Old Girl Struck by Foul Ball at Yankees Stadium

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At the Yankee Stadium for Wednesday’s Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees baseball game, a tragedy occurred when a young two-year-old child was hit directly in the face by a foul ball. The child was sitting in the lower-level seats with her family when the 105 mph line-drive struck her. Quickly after the incident, the young girl was reached by stadium staff members bring carried out and taken to the NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia Hospital. Later that evening, both the father and grandfather came outside to talk to the reporters. When the father was asked…

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MLB sets a new single-season home run record

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Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon blasted the MLB’s 5,694th home run of 2017 Tuesday night, eclipsing the previous league-wide single-season homer record of 5,693 set in 2000. “I don’t know what to make of it,” Royals Manager Ned Yost told reporters Tuesday. “There sure are a lot of home runs being hit.” The Washington Post makes the case that the prevalence of long balls is evidence of a “tectonic shift” in the nature of the MLB game: the average hitter is cranking more home runs than ever before. This year,…

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Kershaw allows first career grand slam, Phillies beat Dodgers 4-3

Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed just four hits in six innings of work Monday night against the Phillies. The last was a grand slam off the bat of Philadelphia outfielder Aaron Altherr in the sixth. Altherr’s blast, which proved to be the deciding moment of a 4-3 Phillies victory, was the first grand slam Kershaw has ever yielded. It came in the 10th season, the 290th game and the 1,923rd inning of the six-time Cy Young winner’s career, the LA Times notes. Nick Pivetta, who took the mound for Philadelphia…

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Indians’ comeback tops Royals 3-2, extend winning streak to 22

Kansas City outfielder Alex Gordon nearly snuffed the Cleveland Indians’ historic winning streak with a leaping catch in left field on Thursday. Facing a 2-1 deficit and a 2-2 count with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor had lined the ball towards Gordon. Had it come off the bat of any other member of any other team at any other point in any other season, the ball might have found Gordon’s glove. Instead, it soared just above his outstretched arm and rolled around in…

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