Finch wins pro managerial debut

Jennie Finch the manager is undefeated. Getty Images Softball legend Jennie Finch became the first female to manage a professional baseball club on Sunday, standing in as the guest manager of the Bridgeport Bluefish of the Atlantic League. Finch did more than take part in a pregame media scrum, fill out the lineup card, and throw the game’s ceremonial first ...

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Kershaw has another predictable start

Clayton Kershaw’s latest start came against the Mets on Sunday night in a rematch from last postseason’s divisional round. Kershaw was predictably brilliant, which might be the kindest thing you can write about a pitcher. He located his fastball to both sides of the plate and diced the Mets’ lineup with his curveball and slider. Though he wasn’t able to ...

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Yankees make history with one swing

For the first six innings Sunday, Rays starter Jake Odorizzi was in total control against the Yankees. He took a no-hitter into the seventh and New York’s only baserunner up to that point had come on an error by shortstop Brad Miller. Odorizzi was dominant. The Rays led 1-0 through six innings thanks to an Evan Longoria single, but the ...

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Marlins player struck in head by foul ball

Derek Dietrich was struck by a foul ball during the ninth inning. MLBAM The ninth inning of Sunday’s Marlins-Braves game featured a scary moment. During the top half of the inning, Christian Yelich hit a foul ball into the Marlins’ dugout. Most of the time, the ball seems to miss everyone and the only damage suffered is to the ego ...

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Cruz clears Safeco in BP

In this space, we tell stories, but we do not tell lies. So when we tell you that Mariners cloutsman Nelson Cruz on Friday night launched a ball completely out of Safeco Field during batting practice, we traffic not in lore but rather True Baseball Facts. At this point, video evidence is clearly in order … And the people rise ...

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Syndergaard ejected

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The Dodgers and Mets resumed hostilities in Citi Field on Saturday night (LAD-NYM GameTracker), and Mets ace Noah Syndergaard spiced up things early by throwing behind Chase Utley. Here’s a look … That’s 99 mph, and that’s something like two or three feet behind Utley. That’s not exactly headhunting, though, as it was so far behind Utley that he scarcely ...

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Utley knocks around Mets

Chase Utley continues to be a thorn in the Mets’ side. USATSI On Saturday night, Dodgers infielder Chase Utley was the recipient of what appeared to be a Noah Syndergaard purpose pitch, which resulted in Syndergaard’s ejection and which was presumably a very belated payback for his 2015 NLDS takeout slide that left Ruben Tejada with a broken leg. Anyway, ...

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Miracle in Kansas City

Billy Eibner played the hero for the Royals on Saturday. Getty Images With some games, the final score tells but a sliver of that story, and that was indeed the case with Saturday’s White Sox-Royals match. The Royals prevailed 8-7 (box score), which sounds compelling enough, but take a look at where things stood heading into the the ninth … ...

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Darvish makes return

Yu Darvish made his long-awaited return to the Rangers on Saturday. USATSI The Rangers on Saturday night topped the Pirates by a score of 5-2 (box score), and the major subplot was that the game occasioned Yu Darvish’s first major-league start of 2016. Here’s how that went … Darvish, of course, returned to a big-league mound after undergoing Tommy John ...

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