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Are you a baseball fan looking for a quick, easy way to catch up on all the scores and stories from the night before? To hear the craziest stat from every team? To learn which player dominated the day? To find out who tied Boots Poffenberger’s 90-year-old hit-by-pitch record?


MLB.com’s Morning Lineup podcast will be coming to you five days a week – Monday through Friday – all in under 10 minutes. A rotating group of hosts will get you up to date on everything you need to know first thing in the A.M., so you can move on with your day, watch more baseball, and then (hopefully) listen to our podcast again the next morning. We can’t wait to meet you all there!

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On today’s episode:   Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:39-5:37) The Trade Deadline is one week from today. The big focus is on Tigers star left-hander Tarik Skubal. Would Detroit trade perhaps the best pitcher in the American League? Skubal made himself even more desirable last night, if that's possible, with a strong effort in a win over the AL Central-leading Guardians. The Tigers have won 7 of 9. Who's even hotter than that? Bobby Witt Jr., that's who. The Royals shortstop had a three-hit game for the fourth straight game in a victory over the D-backs. Get this: He's on a 12-for-15 tear. You know who's not hot? The Braves. They've lost three in a row after falling to the Reds. But at least no one else got hurt.   Act II: WHIPAROUND (5:37-7:35) The Giants and Dodgers resumed their rivalry at Chavez Ravine. Teoscar Hernández drove in all three runs in a 3-2 Los Angeles victory. The Astros and Mariners, tied atop the AL West after their weekend series, thought they might be getting a break in moving on to face the A's and Angels, respectively. They both lost. Juan Soto smacked two home runs in the Yankees' win over the Rays. Francisco Lindor also hit a pair as the Mets downed the Marlins.   Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (7:35-8:59) Happy Paul Skenes Day to all who celebrate! Which would be just about every single baseball fan. Maybe not the Cardinals today, though, as they face the NL Rookie of the Year favorite and Cy Young contender in Pittsburgh at 6:40 p.m. ET in a game you can watch on MLB.TV. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Braves were dealt a big blow Sunday as Ozzie Albies suffered a fractured wrist and will miss eight weeks. Also, the Hall of Fame welcomed the Class of ‘24 and Jorge Soler and Shohei Ohtani needed just two swings to smash 951 feet worth of homers.  On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:41-6:22) In the ninth inning of the Braves’ loss to the Cardinals Ozzie Albies awkwardly snagged his glove on a baserunner’s shoulder. It immediately didn’t look good and the news wasn’t good as X-rays revealed a broken left wrist. In Cooperstown, Todd Helton, Adrian Beltré, Joe Mauer and Jim Leyland were inducted into the Hall of Fame, and not to be outdone, Jorge Soler crushed a 478-foot homer for the Giants at Coors – MLB’s longest of the season – and Shohei Ohtani followed suit with a 473-footer of his own on Sunday Night Baseball. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (6:22-8:30) Elsewhere around the Majors, the Yankees and Rays traded home runs – and slow home run trots – in a Tampa Bay win, Royals righty Seth Lugo strengthened his AL Cy case with a three-hitter against the White Sox, the Mariners overcame a Yordan Alvarez cycle to salvage the series finale against the Astros, and the Phillies put an end to the Pirates’ six-game win streak. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (8:30-9:17) No fewer than four Cy Young candidates take the mound tonight as Tarik Skubal and the Tigers hit the road to battle the Guardians, the Braves and Reynaldo López host the Reds, Ranger Suárez toes the rubber for the Phillies in Minnesota, and the visiting Red Sox and Tanner Houck match up against the Rockies.   To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The second half begins today and the Trade Deadline looms less than two weeks away. In short, buckle up! That said, let’s explore the biggest storylines to keep your eyes on as playoff races heat up and players set their sights on history. On today’s episode … ACT 1: (1:14-2:45) CAN A ROOKIE WIN THE CY? PLAYOFF CHASES Fernando Valenzuela remains the only pitcher to win Rookie of the Year AND the Cy Young in the same season, way back in 1981. He may soon have company, though. In only 11 starts, Paul Skenes has established himself as the most dominant hurler on the planet. Not to be outdone, fellow rookie Shota Imanaga has been superb, too. Don’t be shocked if one of these guys takes home NL Cy hardware. Also, keep your eyes on the AL East race between the Orioles and Yankees and what promises to be a heated battle among NL Wild Card contenders. ACT 2: (2:14- 4:22) IS OHTANI HEADED TO ANOTHER MVP? 8 STRAIGHT FOR ASTROS? Though he’s not working his magic on the mound this season, don’t think Shohei Ohtani can’t win a third MVP Award. He’d be the first full-time DH to take the honor but he’ll have plenty of competition, including Bryce Harper, who owns two NL MVPs of his own and has the Phillies soaring with the best record in the bigs. Another storyline to watch? The Astros’ unprecedented quest for an eighth consecutive trip to the AL Championship Series. ACT 3: (7:04-8:07) AN EARLY SECOND-HALF SHOWDOWN IN SEATTLE And speaking of the Astros, they don’t have to wait long for a big-time opportunity as they head to T-Mobile Park tonight to kick off a crucial set with the Mariners, who hold just a one-game lead over Houston in the AL West. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
We’ll have to wait another day for games to start up again, but until then we have an episode featuring big moves near the top in the latest Power Rankings along with special guest Mark Feinsand joining host Mandy Bell to talk all things Trade Deadline. On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:47-4:13) The high-flying Phillies and MVP candidate Bryce Harper keep their top spot in the first Power Rankings of the second half, but the Guardians – who continue to prove doubters wrong – climb into the No. 2 slot, with the Dodgers dropping from No. 3 to No. 5. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (4:14- 8:23) MLB Insider Mark Feinsand makes an appearance and takes us through who’s set to become buyers and what teams will look to take on the role of sellers in what promises to be a scalding Hot Stove leadup to the July 30 Trade Deadline. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (8:30-9:18) Tomorrow, host Will Leitch will preview the second half of the season, letting you know what players to watch, which teams could be the biggest surprises along with any other interesting nuggets he’ll no doubt dig up. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Jarren Duran's breakout year for the Red Sox reached another level as he hit the go-ahead HR in the AL's 5-3 victory over the NL to win All-Star Game MVP honors. Shohei Ohtani accounted for the NL's scoring with his first career All-Star Game HR. On today’s episode...   ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:34-5:13) Jarren Duran's breakout season for the Red Sox reached another level as he hit the go-ahead home run in the AL's 5-3 victory over the NL in the 94th All-Star Game and took home MVP honors. Dodgers superstar Shohei Ohtani accounted for all of the NL's scoring with his first career All-Star Game homer, and Pirates righty Paul Skenes delivered an electric first inning as the fifth rookie pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic.   ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (5:13-7:45) Before the players took the field in Arlington, the All-Star Red Carpet Show gave them a chance to show off their fashion sense. Ohtani wowed with a blazer that featured pictures of his dog, Decoy, sewn into the lining, and Skenes tried his best not to be outclassed by his girlfriend, champion gymnast and social media star Livvy Dunne.   ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (7:45-9:04) We now have two days without any MLB action, but the Morning Lineup Podcast will go on with Mandy Bell bringing you all the latest news on the Trade Deadline tomorrow and Will Leitch previewing the second half of the season on Friday. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Teoscar Hernández became the first Dodgers player to win the Home Run Derby, edging Royals star Bobby Witt Jr. in the finals. That sets the stage for the 94th All-Star Game tonight, with Pirates rookie Paul Skenes starting vs. O's ace Corbin Burnes.   On today’s episode ...   ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:28-4:05) The last player to enter the field, Teoscar Hernández became the first Dodgers player to win the T-Mobile Home Run Derby as the final round went down to the final swing. Royals star Bobby Witt Jr. fell one home run shy in his bid to win the crown less than half an hour from where he grew up. Two-time champion Pete Alonso did not make it out of the first round in his bid to tie Ken Griffey Jr. for the most Derby titles.   ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (4:17-7:36) On the eve of the All-Star Game, this year's participants held court at Media Day. Among the most popular topics of conversation was Pirates rookie Paul Skenes, who will be the sixth-youngest pitcher to start the Midsummer Classic. Another young star, Reds shortstop Elly De La Cruz, took advantage of his first All-Star appearance to meet his idol, Derek Jeter.   ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (7:36-9:12) The main event is here as baseball's best square off tonight in Texas in the 94th All-Star Game. Taking the mound opposite the rookie sensation Skenes will be Orioles ace Corbin Burnes at 8 p.m. ET on FOX. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Travis Bazzana made history when the Guardians selected the Oregon State 2B with the No. 1 pick in the Draft, making him the first Australian-born player to be selected 1st overall. Also of note, a trio of Wake Forest stars went in the top 10. On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:26-4:52) The Draft continues to trend international. Along with Aussie Travis Bazzana going No. 1 to Cleveland, Cincy selected Italian-born pitcher Chase Burns No. 2 overall – one of three Wake Forest teammates to go in the top 10. Burns could be just the fifth pitcher born in Italy to reach the Majors and the first since 1950. Additionally in Draft news, the Mariners used the 15th pick of the first round to select Jurrangelo Cijntje, a Mississippi State product who throws both right- and left-handed. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (5:03-8:01) In on-field action heading into the All-Star break, the A’s went off in Philly, smashing eight homers in an 18-3 win over the team with the Majors’ best record, the Orioles rallied past the Yankees in the finale of their AL East showdown, 6-5, and in a bid to make history, Blake Snell took a perfect game into the seventh inning before the Giants needed a Little League homer to walk off the Twins, 3-2. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (8:01-9:14) Tonight, the T-Mobile Home Run Derby takes center stage in Arlington as seven sluggers will bash against Pete Alonso, who is looking for his third Derby crown, tying him with Ken Griffey Jr. for the most all time. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Seven no-hit innings with 11 K’s. The spectacular has almost become routine for Pirates rookie Paul Skenes. Which begs the question – should Skenes start Tuesday’s All-Star Game? Also, the Phils rolled to their first sweep of the Dodgers since 2011. On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:32-6:58) Pirates fireballer Paul Skenes exited after 99 pitches, joining Nolan Ryan as the only pitchers in AL/NL history to have multiple starts of six or more innings with 11 or more strikeouts and zero hits allowed in the same season. Not bad for a 22-year-old. In Philly, the hosts put another loss on the Dodgers to secure their first sweep of LA at home since 2008 – outscoring them 19-5 in the process – and the Mets improved to 7-4 in July with a sweep of the Nationals. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (6:58-7:57) Elsewhere around the Majors, the Mariners rolled past the Angels, 11-0, Cy Young hopeful Tanner Houck lowered his ERA to 2.54 with six shutout innings against the A’s, and Riley Greene had three hits and three RBIs as the Tigers crushed the Guardians, 10-1. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (7:57-9:06) Tonight, the top two teams in the AL East open a big showdown in Baltimore as the Orioles take on Gerrit Cole and the Yankees, who are just 0-7-1 in their last eight series. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The Home Run Derby bracket is set after Dodgers slugger Teoscar Hernández joined the field, Brooks Lee earned major bragging rights by homering off Drew Thorpe, and Shota Imanaga was brilliant in his final start before the All-Star Game. On today’s episode:  Act I: THE BIG STORIES: (0:26-5:53) Now that the Home Run Derby field is finalized, who should be considered the favorite? Speaking of the long ball, Twins rookie Brooks Lee crushed his second career homer on Wednesday and it'll be just as memorable for him as his first, coming off his former Cal Poly roommate Drew Thorpe. Are they still best friends after that? Plus, Shota Imanaga showed yet again why he's headed to the All-Star Game, tossing six shutout innings against MLB's best offense in Baltimore. Act II: WHIPAROUND: (5:53-7:15) Michael Kopech threw the White Sox's first immaculate inning in 101 years while closing out a win over the Twins. The Royals swept an I-70 series doubleheader in St. Louis. For the second time this season, Nick Pivetta struck out eight straight batters in an outing, tying Roger Clemens and his own record for the most in Red Sox history. Framber Valdez had a season-high 10 strikeouts in the Astros' win over the Marlins. Act III: LOOKING AHEAD: (7:15-8:20) Paul Skenes will face the first-place Brewers in his final outing before the All-Star Game. If he fares well, he'll strengthen his case to start the Midsummer Classic. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Trea Turner's grand slam led the Phillies past the Dodgers in the first clash between the NL's best teams, Reds rookie Rece Hinds is hitting at a historic pace to begin his career, and the Yankees’ summer swoon continued in Tampa Bay.   On today’s episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:54-2:51): Remember when the Dodgers let Trea Turner walk after the 2022 season? He seems to take it personally. The former Dodger hit a grand slam and singled twice in the Phillies' 10-1 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday. Turner is now 12-for-29 with two homers and seven runs scored in seven games against the Dodgers since joining the Phillies. Speaking of hot hitting, Reds rookie Rece Hinds finished a single shy of the cycle in Tuesday's win over the Rockies, making him the first player since at least 1901 with five extra-base hits in his first two games. Hinds has put on quite the display of power, hitting a 449-foot homer in his debut Monday and a 458-foot shot for an encore on Tuesday. Over in the AL East, the Yankees dropped the series opener against the Rays, falling to 5-15 in their last 20 games. Where do they go from here?   Act II: WHIPAROUND (2:51-4:52): Chris Sale recorded his MLB-leading 12th win with a strong outing against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings while striking out nine. The red-hot Rangers have run their winning streak to a season-high five games, using a late homer from Adolis García to beat the Angels in Anaheim.   Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (4:54-6:56): After a rainout Tuesday, the Show-Me Series -- the battle between Missouri's two MLB teams -- begins Wednesday when the Royals visit the Cardinals for a doubleheader beginning at 1:45 p.m. ET. With both teams in playoff contention, it has all the makings to be a compelling matchup. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Elly De La Cruz, the stolen-base artist who swiped two more last night, is adding language arts to his repertoire -- so he can converse in Japanese with Shohei Ohtani. In San Francisco, the Giants held a public celebration of the life of Willie Mays. On today's episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:53-2:28) Elly De La Cruz stole two more bases in the Reds' 6-0 win over the Rockies. That makes him just the third player with 45 steals and double-digit homers before the All-Star break, joining Rickey Henderson in 1986 and Kenny Lofton in 1994. And yet, what De La Cruz did a day earlier might be even more amazing: The Dominican native said he was learning Japanese so he can speak with Shohei Ohtani at next week's All-Star Game. And he said it in English, not even his first language. Elsewhere, amid reports they would be sellers at the upcoming Trade Deadline, the reigning World Series champs have suddenly come alive. The Rangers whipped the Angels for their fourth straight win. And the surging Cardinals won again, over the Nationals, and now are not only in the thick of the NL Wild Card race but are hot on the trail of the NL Central-leading Brewers. Act II: WHIPAROUND (2:28-4:17)  The Giants held a public celebration of the life of Willie Mays yesterday afternoon at Oracle Park. Commissioner Rob Manfred was among the dignitaries paying tribute, along with former President Bill Clinton and Barry Bonds. Also, the Home Run Derby field continued to fill up. Sluggers Bobby Witt Jr. and Marcell Ozuna were announced as participants. Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (4:26-6:02) Tonight, brace yourself for an NLCS-caliber matchup three months before October. It's the Dodgers and Phillies from the Bank at 6:40 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and TBS. And then at 9:40 ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network, an intriguing Interleague matchup between two teams that would be in the playoffs if they started today: Mariners at Padres. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Rafael Devers continued to hammer Yankees pitching. Tarik Skubal continued to make a case for the AL Cy Young Award. And Paul Skenes continued to make history, becoming the first No. 1 Draft pick named to the All-Star Game the very next season. On today’s episode:  Act I: THE BIG STORIES: (0:55- 6:24) Rafael Devers crushed two more homers to give him 16 in his career at Yankee Stadium. They came a day after he reached 1,000 career hits. Boston's 3-0 win on Sunday Night Baseball delivered a series victory over the reeling Yankees. Tarik Skubal of the Tigers punctuated his All-Star selection with perhaps his best game in a season filled with big games. The AL Cy Young candidate fanned a career-high 13 batters across seven innings to complete a weekend sweep of the Reds. Skubal joined Mickey Lolich in Tigers lore as the only Detroit pitchers with 13 strikeouts, zero walks and no more than one run allowed in a game.  Act II: WHIPAROUND: (6:24- 8:02) Paul Skenes continues to do things never before seen in baseball. The latest? The Pirates right-hander became the first player drafted No. 1 to become an All-Star the following season. He was among more than 30 first-timers named to next week's game. On the opposite end, Royals catcher Salvador Perez was chosen for the ninth time -- on the day he got his 1,500th career hit. The Phillies led all teams with seven players selected.  Act III: LOOKING AHEAD: (8:02- 9:18) Chris Sale became an All-Star again at age 35 in his revival season with the Braves. Tonight, as he continues his bid to be the NL starting pitcher, he'll take on the D-backs on MLB Network at 9:40 p.m. ET. But first, at 7 ET on the Network, tune in for a celebration of the life of Giants legend Willie Mays. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Steven Kwan became MLB's new batting average leader after his three-hit day, the Yankees' recent struggles continued with a sweep at the hands of the Reds and Christian Walker made it back-to-back nights with two home runs at Dodger Stadium. On today’s episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES: (0:59-5:18) Steven Kwan suddenly finds himself near the top of several leaderboards after his three-hit day gave him enough plate appearances to qualify and made him the MLB batting leader with his .367 mark. The Yankees' fall from the best record in baseball to second place in their own division continued as the Reds completed a three-game sweep in the Bronx. Act II: WHIPAROUND: (5:18-8:20) Christian Walker continued his Dodger Stadium dominance with two more homers, giving him five in the three-game series. The Nationals played their traditional 11 a.m. ET Fourth of July game against the Mets and prevailed in under two hours thanks to Jake Irvin's gem and Jesse Winker's clutch home run. Julio Rodríguez might be heating up after hitting a double and a home run in a victory over Corbin Burnes and the Orioles. Act III: LOOKING AHEAD: (8:20-9:17) Two of baseball's best rivalries are on tap as the Red Sox and Yankees meet on MLB Network at 7:05 p.m. ET, and the Braves host the Phillies on Apple TV Plus at 7:20. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Kyle Isbel helped seal a Royals win by making one of the best catches we've seen this season, Yordan Alvarez homered again to keep the Astros rolling and Chris Sale continued building his All-Star candidacy by picking up his 11th win. On today’s episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES: (0:51-2:53) If you're not familiar with Kyle Isbel's game, you should be now. With the tying run at the plate in the ninth, the Royals center fielder covered 103 feet to make a snow-cone catch at the wall to help preserve a win over the Rays. Since 2023, Isbel has saved the third-most runs among all center fielders. The Astros are back, and maybe scarier than ever, beating the Blue Jays for their 13th win in their last 17 games. Yordan Alvarez, who was named an All-Star starter on Wednesday, homered for the third straight game. The resurgent Chris Sale turned in a vintage performance against the Giants, striking out nine across six innings of one-run ball. The 35-year-old is now tied for the Major League lead in wins (11). Should he start the All-Star Game? He has a case! Act II: WHIPAROUND: (2:53-4:38) A's right-hander Joey Estes tossed a "Maddux" in Oakland, only needing 92 pitches to shut out the Angels. James Wood, MLB's No. 2 prospect, stole his first base, scored his first run and recorded his first career RBI in the Nationals' win over the Mets. Oneil Cruz ripped a walk-off single to lift the Pirates over the Cardinals. Act III: LOOKING AHEAD: (4:38-6:16) A loaded Fourth of July slate starts bright and early when the Mets face the Nationals in the nation's capital at 11:05 a.m. ET on MLB Network. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Elly De La Cruz dazzled in his Yankee Stadium debut, Shohei Ohtani hit a big homer as the Dodgers celebrated Japanese Heritage Night, and the Mets outlasted the Nationals in extra innings thanks to some help from a fast-healing hero.   On today’s episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:44-6:58) Playing in his first game in the Bronx, Elly De La Cruz, who grew up a Yankee fan, lit up The Stadium by launching a 425-foot homer and legging out a triple with his trademark speed. Aaron Judge mashed his MLB-best 32nd homer, but the Reds held on to take the series opener. Out west, the Dodgers celebrated Japanese Heritage Night in the most appropriate way possible -- with Shohei Ohtani crushing his 27th homer of the season, a two-run shot that gave L.A. the lead in the seventh. A go-ahead homer by Joc Pederson nearly spoiled the night, but the Dodgers strung together three two-out hits to walk off the Diamondbacks in the ninth. Meanwhile, Brandon Nimmo was something of a medical miracle in the Mets' extra-inning win in Washington, coming off the bench to deliver two clutch hits just a day and a half after suffering a head injury after fainting in his hotel room.   Act II: WHIPAROUND (6:58-8:24) Nathaniel Lowe had a bobblehead night to remember, homering twice to lead the Rangers past the Padres in Arlington. Jarren Duran went yard for the third time in as many games to key a Red Sox win in Miami.   Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (8:24-9:24) Two of the NL's top hurlers will face off at Wrigley Field today when Shota Imanaga and the Cubs welcome Zack Wheeler and the Phillies. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The No. 3 prospect in baseball, James Wood of the Nationals, made his MLB debut last night vs. the Mets and showed what all the hype is about. Plus the latest update from final fan voting for the All-Star Game saw some big names in tight races. On today’s episode: Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:52-3:17) James Wood is a name you will be hearing about often. With his elite speed, the 21-year-old Nationals outfielder was off and running in his Major League debut. He singled in his first at-bat, walked and also reached on an error in a wild 9-7 loss to the Mets. J.D. Martinez crushed a three-run homer in a six-run top of the 10th for the Mets, who then hung on for dear life. The resurgent Astros put a damper on Canada Day ceremonies in Toronto with a matinee win over the Blue Jays. The Brewers and Rockies rounded out a quiet slate in baseball with an extra-inning slugfest at Coors Field. Act II: WHIPAROUND (3:17-5:05) All-Star Game voting ends at noon ET tomorrow and some races are going down to the wire. It's especially tight in the AL and NL outfields, where Juan Soto and Christian Yelich are leading by slim margins. Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (5:05-6:16) There's a pitcher going tonight who is bidding to be the NL starter in the All-Star Game. And that's after being a reliever the past two years with no certainty of even making the Opening Day roster a few months ago. He's Reynaldo López and he'll lead the Braves against the Giants in a game you can watch on MLB.TV at 7:20 p.m. ET. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Don’t look now but the Astros – an MLB-best 17-8 in June – are within 3 ½ games of the Mariners in the AL West. Also, Aaron Judge is ahead of his record homer pace of '22 and a Rangers rookie hit for the first cycle in Sunday Night Baseball history. On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES (0:50-2:43) After a rough start to the season, the Astros are suddenly the hottest team in baseball and have hacked away at a once-double-digit Mariners’ lead atop the AL West to sit just two games back in the loss column. Meanwhile, Aaron Judge’s Majors-leading 31 home runs in just 86 games have him halfway to his AL-record 62 homers and Rangers rookie Wyatt Langford hit for the Majors’ first cycle of 2024. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (2:43-4:35) Elsewhere around the Majors, the Giants put a tough couple weeks behind them and took two of three against the Dodgers and slugging Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson became the first player to commit to the July 15 T-Mobile Home Run Derby while mic’d up on Sunday Night Baseball. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (4:53- 6:10) Today, the Brewers – who have hit a stunning five grand slams in an eight-game span – head to Coors Field of all places to start a four-game series against the Rockies. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The night started out great for Bryce Harper, the top NL vote-getter in Phase 1 of All-Star balloting. After that? Not so much as the Phils star appeared to injure his hamstring. Also, with the Trade Deadline looming, is time running out in Toronto? On today’s episode … ACT 1: THE BIG STORIES ( 0:48-3:14) Fans chose Bryce Harper as the starting NL first baseman in the Midsummer Classic. It doesn’t get much better than that. But after appearing to injure his hamstring late in a loss to the Marlins, fans in Philly are holding their breath. Making matters worse for the Phils? Slugger Kyle Schwarber left Thursday’s game early with groin tightness. Meanwhile in Toronto, the Jays have some tough choices to make leading up to the July 30 Trade Deadline. The solution? Just win and Thursday’s series-opening victory over the Yankees is no doubt a step in the right direction. ACT 2: WHIPAROUND (7:12-7:57) Elsewhere around the Majors, the Orioles crushed the Rangers in a rematch of last season’s ALDS showdown, the Royals eked out a win over the first-place Guardians and in St. Louis, the Reds coasted past the Cardinals. ACT 3: LOOKING AHEAD (7:57-9:10) All but written off after lackluster starts to the season, the Astros and Mets – both sporting .500 records -- are suddenly flying high and kick off a big-time weekend showdown tonight in Queens. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
The surging Astros swept the Rockies to reach .500 for the first time this season, Jackson Chourio became the youngest player to hit an inside-the-park homer since Ken Griffey Jr. and the A's made a bizarre baserunning gaffe.   Act I: THE BIG STORIES (0:54-5:23): Just last month the Astros were 12 games under .500 and 10 games out of first place. With Wednesday's win over the Rockies, they extended their winning streak to seven games and reached .500 for the first time this year. Houston now sits just 4 1/2 games behind the first-place Mariners in the AL West. Brewers rookie Jackson Chourio, who just turned 20 in March, became the youngest player to hit an inside-the-park homer since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989. MLB's youngest player is starting to hit his stride, posting an .840 OPS so far in June.   Act II: WHIPAROUND (5:24-8-12): A wild sequence in which Kyle McCann missed home plate, and then was grabbed by teammate Armando Alvarez, cost the A's a crucial run in a loss to the Angels.   Act III: LOOKING AHEAD (8:12-9:27): After splitting a doubleheader in St. Louis yesterday, the Braves continue a busy stretch in their schedule this afternoon with a makeup game against the White Sox in Chicago. Atlanta will then head home to face the Pirates on Friday. That game will mark the Braves' fourth game in three cities in three days. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
On today’s episode: Act I (0:46-7:14): THE BIG STORIES: In the second game of a fiery three-game series between the Nationals and Padres, benches cleared prior to Jurickson Profar’s at-bat in the first inning. Right after the dust settled, Manny Machado blasted a two-run homer to set the stage for another emotional game between these sudden NL rivals. Profar, who delivered the walk-off single the night before, sent San Diego into a frenzy again with a sixth-inning grand slam that turned a one-run game into a five-run lead. The Nats brought the tying run to the plate in the ninth, but the Padres held on for a 9-7 win. José Ramírez showed yet again why he's one of the most complete players in baseball, hitting his 21st home run and making a slick backhand stop in the seventh to key a 10-8 win over the Orioles. Cleveland has won seven straight to claim baseball's best record. The Subway Series started with a bang -- several of them, actually -- as the Mets hit four homers to chase Gerrit Cole after four innings at Citi Field. Aaron Judge's 8th-inning grand slam made things interesting at the end, but the Mets beat the Yankees 9-7 to improve to 14-6 in June. Act II (7:14-8:33): WHIPAROUND: Shohei Ohtani hit a leadoff homer in the Dodgers' win over the White Sox, his ninth straight game with at least one RBI, tying a single-season franchise record. Tarik Skubal strengthened his Cy Young case by spinning seven shutout innings in the Tigers' win over the Phillies. Ketel Marte homered and came through with the go-ahead RBI single in the Diamondbacks' 5-4 win over the Twins. Act III (8:33-9:19): LOOKING AHEAD: Pirates outfielder Bryan Reynolds carries a 22-game hitting streak into Wednesday's series finale against the Reds. It's the longest active streak in the Majors and the longest by a Pirate since Jason Kendall hit in 23 consecutive games in 2003. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
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