Bang, bang! Pair of 1st-pitch HRs for 1st time in decades
Miami Marlins leadoff batter Miguel Rojas and New York Mets counterpart Jonathan Villar each homered on the first pitch they saw Thursday night, the first time that’s happened in a major league game since at least 1985, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.
Phillies make it official, sign J.T. Realmuto to 5-year deal
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AP sources: Phillies, Realmuto agree on $115.5 million deal
FILE - Philadelphia Phillies' J.T. The Philadelphia Phillies and two-time All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto agreed on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto agreed Tuesday on a $115.5 million, five-year contract, two people familiar with the deal told The Associated Press. Realmuto gets $20 million next season, of which $10 million is deferred, with $5 million each payable in 2026 and 2027.
Marlins shut down Mets 4-0
(AP Photo/John Minchillo)NEW YORK Miguel Rojas two-run single capped a three-run second inning and four pitchers combined on an eight-hitter to lead the Miami Marlins past the New York Mets 4-0 on Tuesday night in the first game of a doubleheader. It was the Mets first game since a player and a coach tested positive for the coronavirus. The Marlins scored all their runs against Rick Porcello (1-4) with a pair of two-out rallies. The Mets didnt pitch deGrom Tuesday because he didnt get his usual between starts mound work in until Monday. Marlins: Elieser Hernandez (1-0, 2.29 ERA) is looking to win back-to-back starts for the first time as a big leaguer.
LEADING OFF: Reds wait for virus test results before return
(AP Photo/Bryan Woolston)A look at what's happening around the majors on Monday:WAIT AND SEEThe Cincinnati Reds will wait for their latest COVID-19 test results to see when they can resume the season. Cincinnati had home games against Pittsburgh postponed Saturday and Sunday after a player tested positive. Cincinnati is the third team to have games postponed because one of its players tested positive for COVID-19, joining the Marlins and the Cardinals. Chapman tested positive for the coronavirus during preseason workouts and hasnt pitched yet this season. AILINGBlue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette is on the injured list, interrupting his big-hitting season.
Marlins' home opener postponed as they deal with virus
Miami Marlins' manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)MIAMI The Miami Marlins' home opener Monday night against Baltimore has been postponed as the Marlins deal with a coronavirus outbreak that stranded them in Philadelphia. The Marlins postponed their flight home Sunday night after their series finale against the Phillies. No reasons were given for the moves, but manager Don Mattingly said those who tested positive would be quarantined in Philadelphia. The Marlins' precarious health raised anew doubts about MLBs ability to finish the season during a pandemic.
Miami Marlins postpone trip home amid fear of virus outbreak
Miami Marlins' manager Don Mattingly looks out from the dugout during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Saturday, July 25, 2020, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Chris Szagola)MIAMI The Miami Marlins scratched right-hander Jose Urena from his scheduled start Sunday in Philadelphia and delayed their postgame trip home amid concerns about a possible coronavirus outbreak within the team. No reason was given for Urena being scratched in the series finale, which Miami won 11-6. Manager Don Mattingly said the Marlins decided to wait until Monday to leave Philadelphia, and they plan to arrive in Miami hours before their home opener against Baltimore. Miami catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list hours before the season opener Friday at Philadelphia.
Marlins catcher Alfaro goes on injured list before opener
Miami Marlins' Jorge Alfaro beats a pick off attempt as Atlanta Braves' Freddie Freeman covers first base during the first inning of an exhibition baseball game Wednesday, July 22, 2020, in Atlanta. (AP Photo/John Amis)PHILADELPHIA Miami Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list Friday before their season opener at Philadelphia. The Marlins didn't give a reason but said they expected Alfaro to return this season. The Marlins learned Friday morning Alfaro would be unavailable, manager Don Mattingly said. The Marlins selected the contract of infielder Sean Rodrguez from their alternate training site.
Mets topped by Marlins, fall 5 games back of last Wild Card spot
Jorge Alfaro of the Miami Marlins runs out his second inning home run against the New York Mets at Citi Field on September 23, 2019 in New York City. NEW YORK - Steven Matz allowed two homers to Jorge Alfaro, including a grand slam, and the New York Mets lost to the Miami Marlins 8-4 Monday night to dim their fading postseason hopes. Amed Rosario cut into Miami's big lead with his own slam, but the Mets dropped five games behind idle Milwaukee for the final NL playoff spot with six games remaining. They also trail Washington by 5 1/2 games for the top wild card after the Nationals beat Philadelphia 7-2. The Mets left 11 runners on base and ended an eight-game winning streak against Miami at Citi Field dating to last season.
Donaldson's HR helps Keuchel, Braves beat Marlins
The Braves are 10-2 against the Marlins this season and 24-7 the past two seasons. Miami's Jorge Alfaro led off the ninth with an infield hit off Braves closer Luke Jackson. He helped the Braves hit a franchise-record 143 homers before the All-Star break. The Braves are 10-2 in decisive games of three-game series this season, including five straight wins, and 7-0 in those decisive games at home. Braves: Keuchel, RHP Julio Teheran (5-6, 3.75) and RHP Mike Soroka (9-1, 2.42) will be Atlanta's starters for their three-game series at San Diego, beginning on Friday.
Rivera helps Marlins break out with 15 hits, beat Braves 5-4
(Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)ATLANTA - Yadiel Rivera hit a go-ahead, two-run single in the fifth inning and the Miami Marlins beat Atlanta 5-4 on Saturday for only their second win over the Braves this season. Rivera was hitting .125 with one RBI before his line-drive single to left field drove in Garrett Cooper and Castro. JT Riddle entered the game as a pinch-runner after Cooper's single to left field. ... 3B Brian Anderson (elbow contusion) missed his fourth straight start and popped out to right field as a pinch-hitter in the seventh. ... As expected, SS Dansby Swanson (sore left quadriceps) was rested for the second straight game.
Harper's HR, 4 RBIs help Phillies down Marlins, 13-6
Garrett Cooper of the Marlins throws down his batting gloves after striking out in the third inning against the Phillies at Marlins ParkMIAMI - Bryce Harper homered and drove in four runs Sunday to help the Philadelphia Phillies end a streak of five consecutive losses to the last-place Miami Marlins with a 13-6 victory Sunday. Harper hit run-scoring singles in the first and sixth innings and a two-run homer in the eighth, his 15th. Jake Arrieta (8-6) allowed four runs in six innings but contributed a two-run single. Arrieta improved to 8-1 in 11 career starts against the Marlins and has won all three starts against them this year. When Alfaro threw to second, Harper stopped before reaching the base.