MLB News & Moments You Should Know – 7/16/23

Luis Arraez is back up to .386 and more news from Saturday.

Stay updated on everything baseball with our morning MLB News & Moments articles. We’ve got you covered to keep you in the know.


Today’s Headlines


Manny Machado hits 300th career home run.

San Diego Padres‘ slugger Manny Machado hit his 300th career home run in game one of the team’s doubleheader on Saturday. It was a no-doubter that left Machado’s bat at 108.5 mph and sailed 425 ft. With that home run, Machado became the 11th active player with 300 or more home runs.


Cody Bellinger’s second half is off to a hot start.

Cody Bellinger picked up right where he left off: blazing hot. He homered twice off Red Sox’s starter Brayan Bello on Friday and followed it up with another home run on Saturday, this time a grand slam off James Paxton. With the way he’s playing, Bellinger is likely to opt out of his contract at the end of the season and become a free agent. This makes him a prime trade candidate for contending teams looking to add some thump to their lineup.


Tampa Bay Rays notch 60 wins.

The Tampa Bay Rays swept their doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday, becoming the first American League team to reach 60 wins this season. Tyler Glasnow pitched a quality start in game one, striking out seven over six innings. Jose Siri provided the offense behind Glasnow, hitting two solo home runs. Randy Arozarena collected three hits in the second game, but it was Luke Raley’s go-ahead RBI single in the eighth that won game two for the Rays.


Four more hits for Luis Arraez!

Luis Arraez had another four-hit game on Saturday which bumped his batting average up to .386. I’ve run out of words to describe how incredible he is.



Best Moments From Yesterday


“The 2023 Mets in one clip.”

This is…not ideal. And these fans’ faces say it all.


A Hall of Fame family.

Clayton Kershaw’s son already looks like a pro. But can he juggle like his dad?!


@Rockies asking the hard-hitting questions.

I will never not post Taylor Swift content.



Injuries & Transactions


SP Shane Bieber was placed on the 15-day IL with right elbow inflammation.

RP  A.J. Minter was placed on the 15-day IL with left shoulder inflammation.

OF Cedric Mullins left Saturday’s game with right quad tightness.

SP Kevin Gausman was scratched from his start on Saturday with left side discomfort and is considered day-to-day.

OF Fernando Tatis Jr. was removed from Saturday’s game with an ankle injury. He’s day-to-day.



Articles You Should Read


Quality Summers of France: A Look at J.P. France’s Quality Start Streak — Andrew Abramo, Pitcher List

The Office Explains the First Half of the 2023 Season — Pablo Figueroa, Pitcher List



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Nicole Cahill

Nicole Cahill is a freelance writer who focuses on mental health and sports. She recently founded a nonprofit that helps youth athletes living with mental health challenges. When she's not fighting stigma or exploring Baseball Savant visuals, you can find Nicole enjoying a cup of coffee and a good book. Portfolio: NicoleCahill.com.

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