MLB News & Moments You Should Know – May 19

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Today’s Headlines

First Major League Win

Eury Pérez celebrated his first major league victory just a week after he debuted as the youngest pitcher in Marlins history at just 20. Perez allowed three hits, walked one, and struck out six on Thursday. His fastball reached 98.3 mph. Perez pitched five solid innings, helping extend the Marlins’ win streak to four games.

A Minor League Deal For Reyes

The Washington Nationals and Franmil Reyes agreed to a minor-league contract. The deal includes a pair of opt-outs – one on June 16 and another on July 1 – that Reyes can exercise if he doesn’t earn a spot on the major-league roster.

Reyes, an outfielder and designated hitter began the season with the Kansas City Royals, hitting .186/.231/.288 with two homers over 19 games before getting designated for assignment. He then elected free agency.

Return of the Kraken

The New York Mets are calling up catcher Gary Sánchez, who is expected to be activated today. The Mets and Sanchez agreed to a minor-league deal on May 9 after he was released by the San Francisco Giants.

May Opens Up About Struggles

Oakland Athletics righty Trevor May opened up about his struggles with anxiety, partially caused by the pitch clock. He said the pitch clock caused anxiety because he didn’t have enough time to employ his breathing and readiness techniques any longer. May was placed on the 15-day injured list back in April, but is unsure of when he’ll pitch again. He did say he’s working with the team’s psychologist to regain confidence.

Best Moments From Yesterday

Good Deeds

While on a rehab stint in Triple-A Charlotte, Liam Hendriks provided lunch three times for the entire Knights staff, team, and even the opposing teams. Hendriks will be rejoining the White Sox bullpen within the next few weeks after battling and defeating Stage 4 Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

Mr. 300

Freddie Freeman reached home run number 300 in an epic fashion — a grand slam that put the Dodgers back in the game.

Judge Leaves Toronto Reeling

Aaron Judge is ready to leave Toronto in the rearview mirror, but not before a two-run shot that traveled 430 ft.

Dropping Bats and Runs

Willson Contreras celebrated launching not one but two homers against the Dodgers.

Polar Bear Power

After a huge comeback win Wednesday night, Pete Alonso almost immediately picks up exactly where he left off with a 446 ft solo home run.



Ehire Adrianza is on track to be activated from the injured list this weekend.

Alex Verdugo, who is day-to-day with a groin strain, should be able to play today in San Diego per Alex Cora.

Dustin May will receive a PRP injection to avoid surgery.

Tommy Edman was removed from Thursday’s game with lower abdomen pain. He is considered day-to-day.


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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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