MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 6/16/23

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Today’s Headlines

Get Outta Here

Umpire Ramon De Jesus was not pleased with the Rangers Thursday evening and tossed three members of the team in the eighth. Marcus Semien took the first ejection after questioning a strike during a check swing. Earlier in the game, Semien experienced another strike call despite it being out of the zone. Bruce Bochy and Mike Maddux quickly took the field in Semien’s defense, but were quickly ejected.

First to 50

The Rays are the first team to win 50 games this season by splitting a four-game series with the Athletics, who are currently at the bottom in the standings. The Rays eked out a win with a solo home run from Luke Raley in the eighth, making the low scoring game 4-3.

Speaking of Oakland

Nevada’s Governor Joe Lombardo signed into law a $380 million public financing package to assist in building a stadium for the A’s in Las Vegas. The plan is for a $1.5 billion stadium with a retractable roof right on the Las Vegas strip, in close proximity near the Raiders and Golden Knights. The team must now apply to relocate.

Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke after an owners meeting and said “I feel sorry for the fans in Oakland. I do not like this outcome. I understand why the feel the way they do.”

Bryce Harper spoke out against the potential move saying “It’s just not right. They have so much history in Oakland. You’re taking a team out of a city. I’m sad because of all the history and all of the greatness they’ve seen there. I see the A’s as Oakland. I don’t see them as Vegas.”

Buxton Is Back

The Twins reinstated designated hitter Byron Buxton from the injured list ahead of Thursday’s game. Buxton missed 10 games with a bruised left rib after being hit by a pitch from Cleveland’s Tanner Bibee. The Twins have not committed to a timetable for his return to center field.

First Win

At just 20 years old, rookie AJ Smith-Shawver obtained his first major league win. Atlanta won 8-3 over the Rockies. Smith-Sawver gave up three runs and six hits over 5 2/3 innings and struck out six. He also allowed one walk and two solo homers in 99 pitches.

Best Moments From Yesterday

Shohei Puts On A Show

Shohei Ohtani tied for the MLB lead in home runs after he launched a two-run home run 443 feet. This marks his 22nd home run of the season and 54th RBI.


Jake Burger hit his sixth home run in six days and is immediately followed by first baseman Andrew Vaughn. This put the White Sox up 3-0 in the fourth against the Dodgers.

The Dodgers Answer

In the same game, the Dodgers answered with a grand slam from Chris Taylor to knot the game. The game stayed tied until the bottom of the 11th when Freddie Freeman ended the ball game with a bases-loaded hit, giving the Dodgers a 5-4 win.

Going the Distance

Matt Olson launched his 19th home run of the season, sending the ball into orbit at 456 feet.

What’s Happ-ening at Wrigley

Ian Happ comes out of nowhere to make an incredible diving catch.


Max Fried and Kyle Wright have both been cleared to begin throwing programs.

Austin Voth will be shut down for a week after given anti-inflammatories for his elbow.

Yoán Moncada was placed on the 10-day injured list with nagging back pain. Meanwhile, Mike Clevinger has been listed as day-to-day and has no structural damage to his arm after his early exit Wednesday night.

Tarik Skubal threw three scoreless innings and only allowed one hit while striking out five in his rehab appearance. A.J. Hinch announced that Austin Meadows is continuing treatment in Florida.

Anthony Rendon will have imaging done on his wrist after a hit by pitch. He is day-to-day.

Alex Wood is likely to return for Saturday’s start against the Dodgers.

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Chrystal OKeefe

Chrystal O'Keefe is a freelance writer from Indianapolis, Indiana. She balances her time between Indianapolis and Chicago and tries to travel to at least one new ballpark every year. She primarily covers the Chicago White Sox but loves talking about baseball in general.

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