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Los Angeles Dodgers’ Mookie Betts reacts after his solo home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies, Sunday, May 22, 2022, in Philadelphia.

MLB Power Rankings: Dodgers and Yankees Flip-Flop at the Top

For the second straight week, we have a new No. 1 team.

In this June 25, 2019, file photo, Baltimore Orioles first-round draft pick Adley Rutschman takes batting practice before a baseball game against the San Diego Padres in Baltimore. The Orioles called Rutschman up to the majors Saturday, May 21, 2022, paving the way for the 24-year-old catcher to make his big league debut.

Rutschman’s Teammates React to No. 1 Prospect Being Called Up

The catcher and his teammates were pumped for his MLB opportunity.

Baltimore Orioles' No. 1 overall pick Adley Rutschman takes a pitch during his Delmarva Shorebirds' debut on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019.

Orioles Call Up No. 1 Prospect Adley Rutschman

The catcher was drafted No. 1 overall in the 2019 draft, and he has played in the minor leagues since 2020.

New York Yankees’ Giancarlo Stanton hits a three-run home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in New York.

MLB Power Rankings: The Dodgers Are Finally Dethroned

For the first time all season, we have a new No. 1 team. Plus, two AL West teams enter the top five.

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge celebrates with teammates after hitting a walk-off three-run home run during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in New York. The Yankees won 6-5.

The Yankees Are the Class of MLB This Season

Plus, notes on the return of glove-first shortstops and Angels outfielder Taylor Ward’s breakout year.

Apr 19, 2022; Kansas City, Missouri, USA; Kansas City Royals first baseman Hunter Dozier (17) celebrates after hitting a home run against the Minnesota Twins in the sixth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Uninterrupted Week of Royals Baseball Leaves More to Be Desired

The Royals' complete week of baseball leaves many wanting more.

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Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. Is Not Your Typical Soft-Tossing Journeyman

The mustachioed lefthander has developed into a frontline starter for a loaded Yankees pitching staff.

May 9, 2022; Baltimore, Maryland, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Carlos Hernandez (43) delivers a first inning pitch against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Matheny: Hernandez ‘Had Really Good Stuff’ Despite Loss to Orioles

Matheny isn't worried about his young starter's rough inning.


MLB Power Rankings: The Breakouts and Busts Are Shaking Things Up

Nasty Nestor Cortes Jr. is leading the dominant Yankees, while the underperforming José Berríos is hurting the Blue Jays

Mar 15, 2022; Scottsdale, Arizona, USA; Arizona Diamondbacks pitching coach Brent Strom works with pitcher Matt Peacock during spring training practice at Salt River Fields.

Raising Arizona: How Brent Strom Is Fixing the Diamondbacks

The 73-year-old pitching whisperer came out of his brief retirement to remake the worst pitching staff in MLB.

Aug 27, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Kansas City Royals center fielder Edward Olivares (14) hits a two-run home run against the Seattle Mariners during the twelfth inning at T-Mobile Park. Seattle Mariners catcher Tom Murphy (2) watches at right. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Olivares Sent to IL Before Royals’ Series Finale vs. Orioles

The Royals' outfielder will be on the shelf for the next week-plus.

Cincinnati Reds’ Joey Votto reacts as a long ball that he hit just barely went foul during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Saturday, April 16, 2022, in Los Angeles.

How Concerned Should We Be About These Sluggish Starts?

Joey Votto, Max Muncy and the Braves’ outfielders are among the players we’re evaluating with the SI MLB Panic Meter.


Fantasy Baseball: Don't Give Up on These Three Hitters

Despite slow starts, Trey Mancini, Jesse Winker and Josh Donaldson still have value.

Angels’ new leadoff hitter Taylor Ward is a big reason why they’re in first place.

MLB Power Rankings: Angels Surge Behind Baseball’s Best Offense

For the first time in Mike Trout’s career, Los Angeles begins May in first place in the AL West.

Seattle Mariners’ Jesse Winker, front right, is lifted by Ty France as he celebrates a win over Kansas City Royals in 12 innings of a baseball game, Sunday, April 24, 2022, in Seattle.

MLB Power Rankings: The Mariners Crack the Top 10

Seattle’s offense has it on the rise, while the White Sox and Braves suffered the steepest declines.


The King of Spin: Yu Darvish Epitomizes Pitching in 2022

At a time when pitchers are throwing more secondary pitches than ever, the Padres ace is the paragon of the modern game.

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Orioles’ Means Will Undergo Season-Ending Tommy John Surgery

The Baltimore pitcher had multiple MRIs to confirm that he needed the surgery.

Apr 17, 2022; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; San Francisco Giants designated hitter Brandon Belt (9) rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Cleveland Guardians at Progressive Field.

MLB Power Rankings: The Giants Are Better Than We Thought—Again

The Mets, Cardinals and White Sox are also surging this week after their hot starts to the 2022 season.


MLB Friday Best Bets: Cardinals, Tigers, Yankees-O's Under

Yankee bats have been quiet and Camden Yards fences won't help.