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August 29, 2019

Nicholas Castellanos has slugged nine home runs since joining the Cubs at the trade deadline.
PHOTO: Nicholas Castellanos has slugged nine home runs since joining the Cubs at the trade deadline. (Patrick Gorski, USA TODAY Sports)

Chicago Cubs outfielder Nick Castellanos sits in front of his locker, slowly wrapping tape around his bats, while his mind is rapidly spinning.

He still can’t get over those horrendous uniforms during Players Weekend.

He hates the new wave of analytics, as if it were designed to keep salaries down, suppress the free agent market, which could lead to a potential strike during the 2021 season. (READ MORE) by Bob Nightengale

Reds rookie superdestroyer Aristides Aquino entered Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins (CIN-MIA GameTracker) sitting on 99 career plate appearances. That’s significant because he came in tied for the most home runs in MLB history through a hitter’s first 100 plate appearances, and he had one shot to own the record all by himself. Here’s what he did with that one shot. (READ MORE) by Dayn Perry

If this were 2018, would Todd Frazier be an Indian right now? Like life, timing is everything in baseball. And the Indians have terrible timing right now. (READ MORE) by Joel Sherman

Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks (16) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.
PHOTO: Oakland Athletics relief pitcher Liam Hendriks (16) delivers a pitch in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. (Denny Medley, USA TODAY Sports)

The Golden State Warriors no longer call Oakland and Oracle Arena home, as the franchise will open the 2019-20 season at a sparkling new facility called Chase Center in San Francisco, meaning it’s said goodbye to the east bay.

Oakland Athletics pitcher Liam Hendriks won’t miss his team’s former neighbors, who played across the parking lot from Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.  (READ MORE) by Chris Bumbaca

Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit his 100th career home run against the Mariners on Tuesday night.

Judge launched a 462-foot two-run moonshot over T-Mobile Park’s center-field wall off starter Yusei Kikuchi in the top of the first inning. The homer marks Judge’s 17th of the season. (READ MORE) by Jenna West

The Cleveland Indians plan to activate right-hander Carlos Carrasco on Sunday when rosters expand. Manager Terry Francona told SiriusXM’s MLB Network Radio on Wednesday that Carrasco will be used out of the bullpen when he returns.

“When he comes back now, it’s to help us win games,” Francona said Thursday. “That doesn’t mean we don’t care about his health and his well-being because we do, but we wanted to make sure that he was ready to help us win.” (READ MORE) by ESPN

The 2019 Minor League Baseball regular season is in its final week of action, and the MLB playoff roster deadline is approaching quickly (Sept. 1). While researching expected September call-ups and searching the list of current free agents, a handful of recognizable names caught our attention — names even we didn’t realize were still playing professional baseball. (READ MORE) by Danny Vietti

The Giants announced a flurry of roster moves on Tuesday, most notably requesting unconditional release waivers on second baseman Scooter Gennett. San Francisco also promoted infield prospect Mauricio Dubon (as had been previously reported), selected the contract of right-hander Tyler Rogers (the twin brother of Minnesota closer Taylor Rogers) and recalled outfielder Joey Rickard. (READ MORE) by Steve Adams

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Apparently baseball has been dying since it was born. It’s lived more lives than one could possibly imagine, and somehow it endures today. We took a look through 100 stories over 150 years that have proclaimed the death of the national pastime. (READ MORE) by Emma Baccellieri

The Minnesota Twins are going to absolutely demolish the single-season MLB home run mark when all is said and done this fall. That’s not even in question.

However, the first-place squad decided to use Thursday’s game against the Chicago White Sox to break two other MLB HR marks. (READ MORE) by Vincent Frank

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