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Kendall Graveman shutting down Rockies

The A's right-hander has tossed 6 shutout innings so far tonight, scattering 4 hits and 3 walks along with 2 strikeouts. Oakland has scored all of its runs on HRs, giving Graveman a comfortable 5-0 lead. Follow live

Star-powered under-24 club

Mike Trout turns 24 years old on August 7th. The most HRs before their 24th birthday (via Elias):

  • Eddie Mathews (153), Mel Ott (153), Ken Griffey Jr. (132), Frank Robinson (130), Alex Rodriguez (128), Juan Gonzalez (121), Mickey Mantle (121), Andruw Jones (120), Trout (118), Ted Williams (118)


Pederson's tale of the tape

Joc Pederson's 20th homer of the year, a 4th-inning blast against the D-backs, went 461 feet.

  • He has 5 HRs of at least 450 feet. Only Giancarlo Stanton (7) has more.
  • His 7 HRs this month have traveled an average distance of 450.3 feet.
  • His 20 HRs this season have averaged 430.5 feet, best in the majors.

Trout stats a mouthful

Mike Trout hit his 20th home run to give the Angels a 2-1 lead over the Yankees.

  • Only player with multiple HRs off CC Sabathia this year.
  • Earliest in season he's reached 20 HRs (previous best July 4, 2014).
  • Fewest games taken to get to 20 HRs (via Jason McCallum).


Astros top Royals in clash of AL's best

Jose Altuve and Chris Carter both homered, Luis Valbuena went 2-for-4 and Lance McCullers struck out 6 over 7 innings of 1-run ball in the 6-1 home win over Kansas City. Box score


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Billy Butler goes deep to center, his sixth. After an 0-for-15 skid, he has a single, double and homer in last three ABs. #Athletics up 5-0

Butler extends Athletics' lead

Oakland's bats had gone quiet after a 4-run 1st inning. Billy Butler woke them up with a solo HR in the 4th, pushing the lead over the Rockies to 5-0. Follow live

Reds score early, often to end slide

After jumping to a 9-1 lead through the first 3 innings, the Reds held off the Twins' rally to snap a three-game losing streak in Cincy. Billy Hamilton stole 4 bases in the 11-7 win. Box score


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With the Phillies loss, the only teams not to lose a game this season when leading by 3 or more runs are the Cardinals, Giants & Rays.

Dodgers hit 3 homers in 4th

Andre Ethier and Yasmani Grandal went back-to-back to lead off the 4th, then Joc Pederson crushed his 20th of the season to give L.A. a 4-0 lead over the D-backs. Follow live

Brewers' bats come alive in Philly

Ryan Braun and Jonathan Lucroy combined for 7 of Milwaukee's 16 hits to rally the team from an early 3-run deficit to win 7-4. Box score


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#Angels strike first! Pujols with a double to right that scores Giavotella! It's 1-0 Halos in the first.

Reddick, Davis homers put A's up

It's been a rough 1st inning for Rockies starter David Hale. Four A's batters have recorded hits, including 2-run HRs by Josh Reddick and Ike Davis. The last-place A's are trying to snap a 3-game losing skid. Follow live

Perez gets Royals on the board

Catcher Salvador Perez led off the top of the 7th with a solo HR to left to get Kansas City into the run column. The bad news? The Royals still trail the Astros 6-1. Follow live

Rangers power past Orioles 8-1

Texas hit 4 HRs, including two from Mitch Moreland, and Wandy Rodriguez struck out 7 over 5 innings to cool off the hot Orioles. Box score