If you’re wondering how Jordan Hicks can add 2 mph to what was already a 103-mph sinker, you’re not alone. Hicks’ manager and teammates — along with the rest of the baseball world — were asking the same question after the 21-year-old twice eclipsed 105 mph with his fastball in Sunday’s 5-1 win over the Phillies. By Joe Trezza

When Julio Teheran endured a six-run fourth inning and Miguel Rojas recorded his first career multi-homer game within the final few innings against Atlanta’s bullpen, there certainly wasn’t reason to anticipate the jubilitation the Braves expressed after claiming an improbable 10-9 walk-off win over the Marlins on Sunday afternoon at SunTrust Park. By Mark Bowman

If you are a strong contender, you buy before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. A terrible team sells. This year those extremes appear overt. There were four teams on pace to win at least 100 games and seven in all to win at least 96 when the weekend began, while there were seven on pace to lose 100. By Joel Sherman NY Post

Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have about 13 inches and 125 pounds on Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez, but they don’t have anything on them in the power department, at least through May 20. We expected an American League East duo to crush its way through distressed pitching staffs, but it’s Betts and Martinez who are tied for the major league lead with 15 home runs each, not the pair in pinstripes. By David Schoenfield ESPN

The Washington Nationals promoted 19-year-old Juan Soto from the minors on Sunday. Soto, an outfielder, had his contract selected from Double-A Harrisburg before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The team designated outfielder Moises Sierra for assignment to make room for Soto. By SCOOBY AXSON

While it felt like the entire season might be rained out at one point, all of baseball has made it past the quarter mark of the 2018 season. So what have we learned now that we’re midway through May? Our expert panel weighs in. By SI.COM STAFF

The Braves on Sunday released the 37-year-old slugger after just 12 games, electing to go with 24-year-old Johan Camargo at third base moving forward. Bautista hit just .143 with a .593 OPS in 35 at-bats since debuting with the Braves on May 4. The former Toronto Blue Jays outfielder had five hits, two of which were home runs. By Dakota Randall

Shohei Ohtani left the mound to a standing ovation after his longest, deepest start for the Los Angeles Angels. He doffed his cap with a weary right arm, acknowledging the roars for the latest milestone in his remarkable rookie season. The Angels already knew Ohtani had a prodigious talent. He also showed a wealth of tenacity while beating the Tampa Bay Rays. By GREG BEACHAM, AP Sports Writer

The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he was at Single-A.

Three days before his 45th birthday, Bartolo Colon (2-1, 2.82 ERA) pitches for last-place Texas against the hard-hitting New York Yankees, who socked nine homers and totaled 18 runs in the final two games of their series at Kansas City. Colon is 6-9 with a 6.11 ERA in 21 career appearances against the Yankees, one of his former teams. Masahiro Tanaka (4-2, 4.73) starts for New York. By Associated Press

Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander joined an elite group of pitchers during Wednesday’s dominant outing over the Los Angeles Angels, becoming only the 33rd pitcher in baseball history to record 2,500 strikeouts. But that, combined with two no-hitters thrown by Verlander earlier in his career, put him in even more exclusive company. By Sportsnaut 

Less than seven months after being let go by the New York Yankees, Joe Girardi is already drawing buzz for another managerial job in the AL. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported this week that Girardi could be a name to keep an eye on for the Chicago White Sox job if they decide to fire incumbent manager Rick Renteria. Heyman does add however that the Sox are expected to stick with the third-year skipper Renteria “for now.” By Darryn Albert

Madison Bumgarner can feel himself coming closer to being ready for game competition. Bumgarner threw 40 pitches off a mound in a bullpen session Saturday without hindrance from his fractured left hand, which the Giants’ ace called “95 percent or more” healed despite slight swelling. “Hitting, throwing, any baseball stuff feels normal,” he added.

The Indians promoted veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera from Class AAA Columbus and started him in right field Sunday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Cabrera, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Indians on April 26. He spent several days in extended spring training in Goodyear, Ariz., before reporting to Columbus where he hit .286 (12-for-42) with four doubles and four RBI in 10 games. By Cleveland Plain Dealer

Pablo Sandoval still is learning how to be a role player. No longer an everyday third baseman, Sandoval is branching out to expand his versatility. Aside from playing third and first, he has caught bullpen sessions and even pitched a perfect inning, one of the team’s 2018 highlights. Now, second base is an option. Sandoval has taken grounders at second before the past two games, and the Giants think it’s realistic he can get some innings at the position. By San Francisco Gate

Addison Russell said he hears his name associated with Orioles superstar Manny Machado in trade discussions only when media members ask questions to him. And Russell’s isolation is supported by his recent production at the plate, where he is 6-for-12 and providing clutch hits such as his game-tying double in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Braves. “I really don’t pay attention to that,” Russell said Saturday morning of reports linking him to Machado, who can become a free agent after this season. By Chicago Tribune



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