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New York Mets calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez

The New York Mets are calling up top prospect Francisco Alvarez for this weekend’s pivotal three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, according to multiple reports Thursday. Alvarez, a 20-year-old catcher, was ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect in ESPN’s midseason list published in August. Signed as an international free agent out of Venezuela in …

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New York Yankees star Aaron Judge hits 61st home run of the season, tying Roger Maris’ mark

9:28 PM ET Marly RiveraESPNWriter Close Marly Rivera is a writer for ESPNdeportes.com and ESPN.com. TORONTO — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge hit his 61st home run of the season Wednesday night against the Toronto Blue Jays, tying Roger Maris’ American League record. It took Maris until Oct. 1, the final game of the …

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Miami Marlins’ Richard Bleier only pitcher since 1900 with 3 balks in same at-bat, gets tossed vs. Mets

Miami Marlins lefty Richard Bleier had himself an inning to forget Tuesday night against the Mets in New York, making major league history as the only player since 1900 to balk three times in the same at-bat, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Bleier, who opened the eighth inning in relief with the Marlins up 6-3, …

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President Joe Biden hosts the World Series champion Atlanta Braves at the White House

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said Monday the Atlanta Braves will be “forever known as the upset kings of October” for their improbable 2021 World Series win, as he welcomed the team to the White House for a victory celebration. Biden called the series an “unstoppable, joyful run.” The team got its White House victory …

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Los Angeles Dodgers pull Craig Kimbrel from closer role, will use committee approach

LOS ANGELES — With less than two weeks remaining in their regular season, the Los Angeles Dodgers have removed Craig Kimbrel as their closer, a major development that will have wide-ranging impact on their pitching staff. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Kimbrel, 34, will occupy different roles in his bullpen and that he …

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St. Louis Cardinals’ Albert Pujols joins the 700 club with two-home run day

LOS ANGELES — Albert Pujols became the fourth member of the 700 home run club on Friday night, and he did so in emphatic fashion, launching two home runs in front of a packed Dodger Stadium crowd. The first homer — a 434-foot, two-run blast to left field — came off Dodgers left-hander Andrew Heaney …

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Roger Maris’ kids have ‘mixed emotions’ about Aaron Judge

Roger Maris’ children aren’t sure exactly what to feel. With Aaron Judge at 60 home runs on the season — tying Babe Ruth’s all-time high, and one shy of Maris’ American League, and untainted by steroids single season record — the Maris children were at Yankee Stadium on Thursday night to take in the team’s …

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