We separate the contenders from the also-rans and break down the biggest holes to fill -- and which players could fill them.
— Mookie Betts knows he's struggling. He still homered and scored three runs.
— The Texas Rangers thought it was quite appropriate to end their epic road losing streak with one of their most impressive victories of the season.
— Dodgers manager Dave Roberts got everything he had hoped for.
The Padres' stay at the top of our list is over, with a surging American League squad taking their place.
Top 5 plays from Wednesday, June 9th as heard on ESPN Radio's SportsCenter All Night w/Jay Reynolds. Narrated by SC update anchor Marc Robbins. 5. Giancarlo Stanton NYY 2ND HR YES Network 4. Brock Holt TEX Walk Off Single 105.3 The Fan 3. Brock Nelson NYI Goal Islanders Radio Network 2. Chris Paul PHX 3 Pointer Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Luke Williams PHI Walk Off HR *first career HR* 94 WIP
— Brock Holt and the Texas Rangers needed just such a send-off before going back on the road, where things have really been difficult for them.
Closer Ian Kennedy, whose last appearance was a 30-pitch outing for the Rangers on Friday, was put on the 10-day injured list Wednesday with a mild left hamstring strain.
— Brandon Crawford was in for a special night just by taking the field at shortstop for the San Francisco Giants. His two home runs and a big slam by Mike Tauchman just made the planned postgame champagne toast even sweeter.
The Rangers recalled infielder/outfielder Eli White from Triple-A on Tuesday and designated outfielder/DH Khris Davis for assignment.
There's more than a month until the Midsummer Classic, but voting is now open. Here's our first look at who will make it to Denver.
— Yandy Díaz started Tampa Bay's late surge with a game-tying walk before a blow-it-open homer, his first of the season.
— While Rich Hill surely wants to stay in games longer for the Tampa Bay Rays, the 41-year-old lefty has the big picture in mind.
— Kyle Gibson and Ian Kennedy were both finally back in their usual roles, and the Texas Rangers won at home after a miserable trip.
— Please disregard BBO--Rangers-Rockies, published on June 5, 2021, and datelined in DENVER. The story was from a game last Tuesday and was inadvertently retransmitted.
Another week, another shuffle at the top? Here's where all 30 clubs stand two months into the season.
— Joshua Fuentes homered to back a strong outing from Antonio Senzatela as the Colorado Rockies beat Texas 6-3 on Wednesday night, the Rangers’ 14th straight road loss.
As the use of tacky substances to doctor baseballs and increase spin rates continues to be a hot-button topic, MLB has suspended four minor league pitchers for 10 games.
— Ryan McMahon scored on Brett Martin’s wild pitch in the 11th inning and the Colorado Rockies beat Texas 3-2 Tuesday night, the Rangers' 13th straight road loss.
Who were baseball's best (and worst) in May? What stories will dominate June? Jeff Passan goes inside what we've seen so far and what's coming next.
— Yusei Kikuchi took a no-hit bid into the sixth inning, Kyle Seager homered and the Seattle Mariners sent the Texas Rangers to their 12th straight road loss, 4-2 on Sunday.
— J.P. Crawford and Mitch Haniger homered late, and the Seattle Mariners sent the Texas Rangers to their 11th straight road loss with a 3-2 victory Saturday night.
— Kyle Lewis doubled and scored Seattle’s first run, then hit a two-run opposite-field homer an inning later that proved to be the difference in the Mariners' 3-2 win over Texas on Friday night, the 10th straight road loss for the Rangers.
— Chris Flexen threw seven shutdown innings and was backed by home runs from Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Thursday night.