Nationals' Juan Soto is one of the best young hitters in MLB history – Sporting News

Juan Soto wasn't supposed to be this good, this fast. In fact, many prospect evaluators at the beginning of 2018 expected him to have barely reached MLB at this point given his age and unproven skill set.

When the Nationals called Soto up last May, they did so out of necessity. Adam Eaton was out with a severe bone bruise on his left ankle, Brian Goodwin was sidelined with a wrist contusion and Howie Kendrick had just ruptured his Achilles. Top prospect Victor Robles was dealing with elbow soreness.

Washington promoted Soto straight from Double-A, hoping his strong minor league numbers would translate to big league success - but not expecting instant production. General manager Mike Rizzo told reporters "the injury factor accelerated our timetable for him."

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MLB scores, schedule: Yankees tie record for home runs in a single month – CBS Sports

It's the penultimate Saturday in August, but don't expect much in the way of day games. Rather, baseball's scheduled is slanted in favor of night games.

Nonetheless, there are a number of storylines worth watching on Saturday, including the Yankees continuing their series with the Dodgers; the Phillies trying to bounce back from an embarrassing loss; and Dakota Hudson trying to notch the no-hitter he came close to getting last time out.

Keep it here all night for the latest news, notes, and scores.

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Baseball schedule/scores for Saturday, August 24 LIVE - Nationals at Cubs (GameTracker) LIVE - Yankees at Dodgers (GameTracker) LIVE - Phillies at Marlins (GameTracker) UPCOMING - Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker) UPCOMING - Reds at Pirates, 7:05 p.m. ET (GameTracker) UPCOMING - Braves at Mets, 7:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker) UPCOMING - Tigers at Twins, 7:10 p.m. ET (GameTracker) UPCOMING - Diamondbacks at Brewers,

MLB needs to decide who Players Weekend is for – Yahoo Sports

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It only took three years for Major League Baseball’s Players Weekend to go from novelty to annoyance and that’s a bit amazing.

It’s also extremely predictable given what fans have seen from MLB over the last century or so. The only way it’s shown it can operate is with strict adherence to whatever rules — written or otherwise — it puts in place no matter how silly the League ends up looking for it. And if you look around baseball on Saturday, you’ll see plenty of silliness.

If it’s not another manager or player bemoaning the monochromatic jerseys, it’s the league quickly chastising teams for daring to wear their normal caps or straight up refusing to allow the Dodgers and Yankees to wear their own iconic threads during a rare inter-league matchup.

No one is complaining about the players using their nicknames instead of surnames or that the custom cleats are distracting. The bigger issue seems to


Aaron Boone gently bashes MLB Players' Weekend jerseys – New York Post

LOS ANGELES — Tugging on the all-black uniform for Friday night’s game at Dodger Stadium as part of Players’ Weekend, Yankees manager Aaron Boone couldn’t hide his feelings.

“I like the idea of it all, but when I put the uniform on I felt a little silly,’’ Boone said Saturday before the Yankees looked for a second straight win over the Dodgers — who they crushed, 10-2, Friday night in the first of three interleague games between the teams with the two best records in baseball.

And it wouldn’t have mattered if the Yankees wore white like the Dodgers or black.

“I am sure I would have felt that way if I had the white one on, too,’’ Boone said.

With the players wearing their nicknames on the back of their shirts, Boone simply inserted an “I’’ between to spell “Boonie,’’ which is his nickname throughout baseball. However, Boone said


Nats’ Patrick Corbin, eight other MLB players honor Tyler Skaggs on Players Weekend – Washington Post

Members of the Los Angeles Angels observe a moment of silence for teammate Tyler Skaggs, before a July game in Anaheim, Calif. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP) August 24 at 4:23 PM

For nine players across Major League Baseball, the Players Weekend ritual of putting nicknames on the backs of jerseys served as a tribute to a friend.

Nationals starter Patrick Corbin is among a group that honored late Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs, who passed away suddenly on July 1.

Corbin and Rangers reliever Jesse Chavez wore “FORTY FIVE,” Skaggs’s jersey number, as their nicknames. White Sox starter (and former National) Lucas Giolito, Cardinals starter Jack Flaherty, Braves starter Max Fried, Rangers first baseman Scott Heineman, Brewers third baseman Mike Moustakas and Brewers outfielders Christian Yelich and Ryan Braun sported “LOVE YOU TY” on the backs of their jerseys.

“Players’ Weekend is all about expressing yourself, whether


MLB artist uses sports past, mental health in displays –

For Lauren Taylor, her art is more than a creation. 

"When I was in high school I had struggled a lot with panic disorder and depression/anxiety," Taylor told NBC Sports California. "High school was not the kindest place to me and I started doing art just whatever to kind of talk about things in a less vulnerable way."

The art she's referring to -- well, the term "art," doesn't do it justice. It's beautiful, but even that doesn't seem appropriate. There's so much meaning behind it. Perhaps it's because as talented as she is, she once earned a "C" in art class and with her creations, you'll find that hard to believe. 

"I have literally no training in art I just kind of wing it," Taylor said. "I started creating on wood about five years ago, just because there’s so much wood in the game that I felt like it complemented the


The MLB players weekend uniforms are actually awful – SB Nation

It’s players’ weekend across Major League Baseball, with every player on every team getting to express themselves in several ways, from the nicknames on their backs to the custom shoes on their feet. It’s just too bad they are all wearing pajamas while on the field.

The previous two years of players’ weekend produced creative and colorful uniforms, with the first incarnation in 2017 inspired by youth league attire. Those seemed fun.

Jose Abreu and Victor Martinez during players’ weekend in 2017 Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports Matt Duffy and Willy Adames during players’ weekend in 2018. Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

But this year, the color his literally disappeared, with all teams split into two camps. Home teams wear white, and road teams wear black.

Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The uniforms are monochromatic as well, making the names and numbers hard to see from


Best cleats from MLB Players' Weekend: Day at 'The Office' for Derek Holland; Mookie Betts honors David Ortiz and more – CBS Sports

Major League Baseball is holding its third annual Players' Weekend, a period for new uniforms, nicknames and custom cleats. Players are able to show off more of their personality, and get creative with design requests for their flashy footwear. 

These athletes are taking advantage of the opportunity and are using the cleats to honor others, show off their pets or pay homage to their favorite television shows. The tone of the artwork throughout the league ranges from fun, to wild, to serious and everyone had the chance to put their own spin on the classic cleat. Here's a look at some of the best Players' Weekend cleats from around the league:

Pittsburgh Pirates Pitcher Trevor Williams took his cleats to another galaxy and is clearly on board with the movement to storm Area 51. He even included himself in a jersey next to the aliens complete with a "set them


Mike Harrington's MLB Power Rankings – Buffalo News

Through Friday's games. Most recent rankings in parentheses.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers. Burned Blue Jays for walkoff wins 11 and 12 of season. (1)

2. New York Yankees.  At 355 games, Sanchez is second-fastest to 100 HRs in MLB history (Ryan Howard, 325 games). (2)

3. Houston Astros. Created PR fiasco MLB must respond to by banning Detroit reporter from interviewing Verlander. (3)

4. Minnesota Twins. Endured huge push in Central from Tribe and regained 2 1/2-game lead. (4)

5. Atlanta Braves.  Hamilton's first hit with new club is RBI single to break up marathon with Mets. (6)

6. Tampa Bay Rays.  Lowe likely done for season after quad strain in rehab game at Durham. (7)

7. Oakland Athletics. Sent quite a message for October with three-game sweep of Yanks. (8)

8. Cleveland Indians.  It was a long way back from 11 1/2 games out, so do they have much energy left


MLB DFS: Best DraftKings, FanDuel daily Fantasy baseball picks and lineups for Saturday, August 24, 2019 – CBS Sports

The 2019 MLB season continues on Saturday with all 30 teams in action. Pitching is expected to rule the day in MLB DFS tournaments and cash games on FanDuel and DraftKings with a number of quality options. Zack Greinke, Mike Clevinger, Zack Wheeler, Dinelson Lamet and Madison Bumgarner are all scheduled to make starts on Saturday, and they should be popular options for MLB DFS lineups. Meanwhile, Carlos Santana, Charlie Blackmon, Danny Santana and Nelson Cruz are among the most expensive options available of the position players. Before you make your MLB DFS picks for Saturday, be sure to check out the optimal MLB DFS strategy and advice from DFS pro Mike McClure, who has won almost $2 million in his career. 

When it comes to MLB, McClure is at his best. Recognized in the book "Fantasy Football (and Baseball) for Smart People: How to Turn Your Hobby into