Johnny Cueto will take the mound at Great American Ball Park on Monday for the first time while wearing a visitors’ uniform. Cueto’s Cincinnati homecoming is just one of many intriguing matchups on tap for today’s 10-game slate.
On a day when Nolan Arenado regained sole leadership in the Major League home run race with his 11th of the season, his manager couldn’t stop praising him — for his defense just as much as the game-changing homer in the Rockies’ 6-3 victory Sunday.
The Dodgers needed Clayton Kershaw to play the role of stopper Sunday afternoon — and did he ever. Not only did Kershaw put a halt to Los Angeles’ six-game losing streak, he tossed a three-hit shutout, struck out 14 and provided the offense as well, in a 1-0 victory over San Diego.
As fans cast their votes for who they deem worthy of 2016 All-Star status, MLB.com is going to look position by position through each league, continuing today with the National League third basemen.
Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado picked a clutch moment Sunday to give himself the Major League home run lead.
The no-trade protection in Ryan Braun’s contract allows the star outfielder to block a deal to every team besides the Angels, Diamondbacks, Dodgers, Giants, Marlins and Padres, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports (Twitter link). Like most players with partial no-trade clauses, Braun has the ability to change the teams on his no-trade list each year; last season, the Angels, Dodgers, Marlins, Nationals and Rays were the only clubs that escaped Braun’s veto power. Braun is in his first season of a five-year, $105MM extension that he signed way back in 2011, when he still had almost five full years remaining on his previous extension with the Brewers. It’s been a roller-coaster for Braun and the Brewers ever since — superstar seasons in 2011 and 2012, a 65-game suspension in 2013 for his role in the Biogenesis scandal and some recurring injuries, particularly to his thumb. Braun rebounded for a very productive year in 2015, though his future salary commitments have made him a possible trade chip now that the Brewers are rebuilding.
Chris Sale became the Majors’ first six-game winner, keeping his unbeaten record intact with 5 1/3 innings of one-run ball and aided by a five-run Chicago fifth as the White Sox earned a split of their four-game series with the Orioles with a 7-1 win on Sunday at Camden Yards.