How the San Diego Padres’ unconventional master plan nabbed Juan Soto, the biggest fish of the trade deadline

How the San Diego Padres’ unconventional master plan nabbed Juan Soto, the biggest fish of the trade deadline

7:00 a.m. Eastern Time Jeff Passan Close ESPN ESPN MLB insidersAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” David Schoenfield Close ESPN Senior Writer Covers MLB for ESPN.com Former Deputy Editor of Page 2 Has been with ESPN.com since 1995 THE AUG. 1, the San Diego Padres … Read more

Trey Mancini hits two home runs, including grand slam, vs. Guardians

Trey Mancini hits two home runs, including grand slam, vs. Guardians

Trey Mancini hits two home runs, including grand slam, vs. Guardians \n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”trey-mancini-hits-two-home-runs-including-grand-slam-vs-guardians\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.6″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”trey-mancini-hits-two-home-runs-including-grand-slam-vs-guardians\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.6.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”trey-mancini-hits-two-home-runs-including-grand-slam-vs-guardians\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.7″:{“content”:”Friday’s grand slam was the perfect example of how Mancini is the perfect addition to Houston’s lineup. After leading off the third inning by allowing a single to No. 9 hitter Martín Maldonado, Gaddis gave up singles to Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez, meaning … Read more

Clay Holmes blows another save to sink Yankees in loss to Cardinals

Clay Holmes blows another save to sink Yankees in loss to Cardinals

The Yankees would have found a way, during the first half of the season, to win the game they played on Friday night. This is no longer the first half of the season. Closer Clay Holmes struggled for the second straight appearance, entering the eighth inning and giving up an infield hit, a walk and … Read more

Fernando Tatis Jr. rehab assignment

Fernando Tatis Jr. rehab assignment

Fernando Tatis Jr. rehab assignment \n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”fernando-tatis-jr-rehab-assignment\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.7″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”fernando-tatis-jr-rehab-assignment\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.7.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”fernando-tatis-jr-rehab-assignment\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.8″:{“content”:”On Thursday, Tatis underwent a scheduled scan on his wrist, which came back clean. Melvin noted that, barring a setback, this was likely the last time Tatis would undergo imaging, as he has passed every test.\n\nTatis’ return to the lineup would give the Padres quite a boost. They’ve already landed … Read more

Matt Carpenter returns to St. Louis with Yankees

Matt Carpenter returns to St. Louis with Yankees

Matt Carpenter returns to St. Louis with Yankees \n”,”providerName”:”Twitter”,”providerUrl”:”https://twitter.com”,”type”:”rich”,”width”:550,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”matt-carpenter-returns-to-st-louis-with-yankees\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.5″:{“data”:{“type”:”id”,”generated”:true,”id”:”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”matt-carpenter-returns-to-st-louis-with-yankees\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.5.data”,”typename”:”ExternalEmbedContent”},”type”:”oembed”,”__typename”:”ExternalEmbed”},”$ROOT_QUERY.getForgeContentBySlug({\”locale\”:\”en-us\”,\”slug\”:\”matt-carpenter-returns-to-st-louis-with-yankees\”,\”type\”:\”story\”}).parts.6″:{“content”:”Carpenter’s time in St. Louis ended with plenty of challenges, with him hitting .186 and .169 over his final two seasons with the Cardinals. That lack of production was in stark contrast to the first nine years in a Cardinals uniform, when he hit 148 of his … Read more

Rosenthal: Why the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery, plus Shohei Ohtani talks and wild-card pressure

Rosenthal: Why the Yankees traded Jordan Montgomery, plus Shohei Ohtani talks and wild-card pressure

It’s an old baseball adage: You can never have enough pitching. So how is it that the Yankees traded a quality starting pitcher for an injured center fielder at the trade deadline, perplexing many of their fans and even some in the industry? The answer comes down to this: The Yankees, according to major-league sources, … Read more

Joe Buck tried to get Vin Scully to take his place in the World Series

Joe Buck tried to get Vin Scully to take his place in the World Series

If Joe Buck had had his way, the late great Vin Scully would have taken Buck’s place in the broadcast booth to announce the World Series. “If he ever showed up and said, ‘I’ll make an entrance,’ I would have been in the dining room watching it,” Buck told The Athletic’s “Sports Media” podcast on … Read more

Los Angeles Angels match dubious MLB milestone with 7 home runs in a losing cause

Los Angeles Angels match dubious MLB milestone with 7 home runs in a losing cause

The Los Angeles Angels tied a dubious major league record when they hit seven home runs, all solo homers, but still lost to the Oakland Athletics 8-7 on Thursday in Anaheim, California. The Angels are only the second team to hit seven solo home runs and lose, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. They … Read more

Yankees trade flurry at trade deadline leaves rotation thin

Yankees trade flurry at trade deadline leaves rotation thin

Just over a week ago, the Yankees were well supplied with starting pitching depth. However, after a series of trades before the deadline last Tuesday, that depth is thinner as the Yankees head into the final two months of the season. In addition to surprisingly trading Jordan Montgomery for injured outfielder Harrison Bader (the Yankees … Read more