• Yu Darvish still seeking answers after another short outing: 'It's definitely my problem'

    ESPN "A day after another poor finish to a Yu Darvish outing, the Chicago Cubs -- including Darvish -- are searching for answers. He and pitching game planner, Mike Borzello, were huddled at a table inside the Cubs clubhouse Sunday morning for a lengthy chat and examination of Saturday's short outing..." April 22

  • Brandon Belt's 21-Pitch At-Bat Breaks MLB Record for Most Pitches Seen in an AB

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt certainly waited for his pitch in his first at-bat of Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. As the MLB account showed, he saw 21 pitches against Jaime Barria in the first inning before lining out to right field. Per Mike DiGiovanna of..." April 22

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant: HBP in head Sunday

    CBS Sports "Bryant exited Sunday's game against the Rockies early after being hit by a pitch in the head. Bryant was struck by a German Marquez pitch on his helmet and was visibly shaken up afterwards." April 22

  • Mets-Braves rainout sets record for early season weather-related PPDs

    ESPN "The Braves announced that their game against the New York Mets in Atlanta has been postponed due to inclement weather, setting a record. There have been 26 weather-related postponements this season, and according to The Associated Press, that's the most through April since Major League Baseball..." April 22

  • Jeter gets defensive over tanking accusations

    Yardbarker "The Miami Marlins are bad this season. And, they’re going to keep being bad this season. In fact, they are probably going to be pretty bad for the next few seasons. But then again, everybody seems to know and understand this. Everybody, that is, except for their new owner Derek Jeter. In an..." April 22

  • Ohtani batting cleanup for the first time

    MLB.com "Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani will serve as the designated hitter and bat in the Angels' cleanup spot for the first time Sunday against the Giants at Angel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 1:07 p.m. PT. The 23-year-old Ohtani began the season batting in the Halos' No. 8 spot for six..." April 22

  • Shohei Ohtani’s blister test will be a ‘full gorilla’ bullpen session

    New York Post "Shohei Ohtani is scheduled to throw a “full gorilla” bullpen session on Sunday that will give the Angels a better idea if the blister that forced the Japanese two-way sensation out of his last pitching start has healed. “He’s feeling much better so we’re encouraged,” manager Mike Scioscia said..." April 22

  • Kenley Jansen declares ‘I’m good now’ after solid outing

    Larry Brown Sports "Kenley Jansen is working to regain the form that has made him one of the best closers in baseball for the past several seasons, and his performance on Saturday night indicated he may be on his way to doing just that. Jansen came on in a non-save situation in the ninth inning of an eventual 4-0..." April 22

  • Justin Verlander responds to heckler with makeshift sign

    Sporting News "A good heckler can quickly upgrade an average sporting experience to an entertaining one — especially when they elicit a response from the athletes in the game. Clearly aware of this, Justin Verlander decided to make the nights of fans sitting near the Astros' away dugout. Apparently a..." April 22

  • Cardinals put Wainwright on disabled list, call up Brebbia

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals put Adam Wainwright on the 10-day disabled list on Sunday with right elbow inflammation. The team called up John Brebbia from Memphis. Wainwright's posting is retroactive to April 20. "All will be well in a few days," Wainwright wrote on Twitter. Wainwright was scheduled to..." April 22

  • Gleyber Torres says he’s ready for this as the moment arrives

    New York Post "The question heading into spring training for Gleyber Torres was whether he was ready to break through to the majors. On Sunday he did, making his Yankees debut against the Blue Jays in The Bronx. Before the game, the 21-year-old was asked if he was ready for the next step: “Yeah,” Torres..." April 22

  • Mike Trout much more than home-run leader for AL West-contending Angels

    Sporting News "Mike Trout just missed making a sensational catch in center field that would have robbed San Francisco’s Brandon Belt of a two-run homer in the second inning Saturday. The ball bounded off his glove and landed over the wall in right field. Trout turned that missed catch into a big game. He hit..." April 22

  • A's Manaea throws no-hitter vs. red-hot Red Sox

    MLB.com "Baseball's best was in town, but it didn't matter. A hot-hitting Red Sox squad, winners of eight straight games, would not shake Sean Manaea. Not much can these days. The A's left-hander has been dealing, dominating with ease, and on Saturday he turned it up a notch, brilliantly orchestrating..." April 22

  • Andrew Benintendi isn't happy he was called out of the base path during Manaea's no-hitter

    CBS Sports "The first no-hitter of the 2018 season was thrown Saturday night at the Oakland Coliseum. Athletics left-hander Sean Manaea no-hit the Red Sox -- they were an MLB best 17-2 going into the game -- with shocking ease (OAK 3, BOS 0). With all due respect to the BoSox, Manaea carved them up. The..." April 22

  • White Sox hang Danny Farquhar’s jersey in bullpen for game

    Yardbarker "The Chicago White Sox hung Danny Farquhar’s jersey in the bullpen for their game against the Houston Astros on Saturday. Farquhar faced four batters in the sixth inning during a 10-0 loss on Friday. After he pitched, he passed out in the dugout. The White Sox later said that Farquhar..." April 22

  • Yankees promote Gleyber Torres, top prospect, to majors

    New York Daily News "It’s Gleyber time. The Yankees are promoting top prospect Gleyber Torres to the major leagues, a source confirmed to the Daily News. The infielder will join the Yankees on Sunday for their series finale against the Blue Jays at the Stadium. First pitch is slated for 1:05 p.m. Torres was..." April 21

  • Mets send Matt Harvey to bullpen

    New York Post " Matt Harvey’s immediate fate has been decided: He is headed to the Mets’ bullpen. Manager Mickey Callaway reached the decision Saturday after lefty Jason Vargas was cleared medically to pitch in a rehab game for Triple-A Las Vegas. " April 21

  • Farquhar stable but critical after hemorrhage

    MLB.com "Tests have revealed that Chicago White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar suffered a brain hemorrhage during the sixth inning of Friday night's game, and additional overnight testing at RUSH University Medical Center revealed that a ruptured aneurysm caused the brain bleed. Currently stable but in..." April 21

  • Blue Jays’ Atkins: Granderson everything you could possibly hope for

    Sportsnet "Ross Atkins remembers when Titanic was released in theatres. Everybody who had seen the 1997 James Cameron-directed film would come back and rave about it, hyping up expectations to the highest degree. “Could it possibly be as good as everyone said it was going to be? And it was,” Atkins said..." April 21

  • Drury working to alleviate migraine issue

    MLB.com "Brandon Drury was on the Yankee Stadium infield early on Saturday morning, his spikes digging into the dirt as he repeatedly rounded first base under the watch of the coaching staff. Sidelined with severe migraines that have caused blurred vision, those simple steps represented progress as he aims..." April 21

  • Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes thinks playing golf will help end slump

    ESPN "New York Mets outfielder Yoenis Cespedes wants to swing his way out of an early season slump, but with his golf clubs rather than his bat. "One of the things that I did before, years ago, when I was in a slump, was playing golf and trying to get out of my slump," Cespedes told reporters through..." April 21

  • Jose Bautista turned down bigger offer from Indians

    Yardbarker "Jose Bautista’s decision to sign with the Atlanta Braves was motivated by more than just money. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reported on Friday that the former All-Star slugger had a bigger offer from the Cleveland Indians that he turned down. Cotillo also adds that the deciding factor was..." April 21

  • Verlander upset with 'overaggressive' baserunning, celebration from Anderson

    Houston Chronicle "Unwritten rules: A stoic veteran pitcher is at odds with an excitable third-year player. Starter Justin Verlander vocally opposed some "over-aggressive" decisions made by White Sox third baseman Tim Anderson in the fifth inning, which concluded with the pitcher exchanging words with Anderson at..." April 21

  • Aaron Boone not giving Sonny Gray a personal catcher

    Larry Brown Sports "Aaron Boone is not giving Sonny Gray a personal catcher anymore. The New York Yankees manager has Gary Sanchez set to catch Gray for Friday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays rather than Austin Romine, who has caught Gray for many of his starts. Boone told reporters on Friday that Gray and..." April 21

  • Manfred says shorter schedule would mean lower pay

    ESPN "Not surprisingly, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred had a favorable reaction to Chicago Cubs star Anthony Rizzo's opinion that if baseball shortened its season, players should expect to be paid less. "I think that Anthony's comments were realistic in the sense that he linked the fact that if, in..." April 21

  • Farquhar taken to hospital after fainting in White Sox dugout

    SI "The White Sox got a scare Friday as relief pitcher Danny Farquhar fainted in the dugout after pitching the sixth inning against the Astros. Farquhar woke up after passing out, but he was taken to the hospital as a precaution after he was attended to by EMTs. The 31-year-old pitchers threw 15..." April 21

  • Orioles' Britton throws off mound for 1st time since surgery

    ESPN "Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton took a significant step Friday in his recovery from an Achilles injury, throwing 20 pitches off a half-mound in the indoor batting cage at Camden Yards. Britton, who ruptured his right Achilles tendon while working out at home in California in December, was..." April 21

  • Yuli Gurriel thinks his brother Lourdes is even better than he is

    Larry Brown Sports "Yuli Gurriel is a pretty accomplished baseball player, but he thinks his brother could be even better. Gurriel’s brother, Lourdes, was called up by the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday and is set to start at second base. It’s an impressive jump for Lourdes, who is going straight from Double-A to the..." April 21

  • Yankees' Gray not alarmed by dip in velocity

    MLB.com "Sonny Gray was certain that he had identified the mechanical flaw that was holding back his top-level performance, and so the right-hander voiced a plan to simplify that approach and unveil those adjustments at his next opportunity. Back to the drawing board. Gray's early-season struggles..." April 21

  • Buck on Betts: 'Best right fielder I've ever seen'

    MLB.com "You can start, if you want to, just for fun, with some of the things Mookie Betts is not, right before you get to all the pretty wonderful things he is on a baseball field. Betts is not Mike Trout, for example. He's not ever going to make the kind of money Bryce Harper is going to make after this..." April 20

  • 2 Super Bowl rings later, Gaffney rejoins Bucs

    Pro Football Rumors "You won’t be seeing Tyler Gaffney on the pages of Pro Football Rumors, but you may find him on MLB Trade Rumors in time. The former Panthers, Patriots, and Jaguars wide receiver is going back to baseball, as MLB.com’s Adam Berry writes. “My dream has been the big leagues my whole life,”..." April 20

  • It's time for the Mets to move on from Matt Harvey

    The Score "As Matt Harvey walked off the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday's game in Atlanta, he appeared confident. After all, the right-hander had retired the side in order with just 16 pitches, and he'd lasted six innings for the first time since last May, blanking the Braves over the..." April 20

  • V-Mart hints at retirement after 2018: 'I'm ready'

    MLB.com "Victor Martinez can see his father, in the faintest flashes of memory. In one such snapshot, Guillermo Martinez is holding a broomstick behind his neck as he twists from side to side, loosening up his chest and abdominal muscles. In another, Guillermo is napping on a hammock, and Victor and his..." April 20

  • 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie Card Sold by Evan Mathis for $2.88M

    Bleacher Report "While it didn't quite reach the $3.12 million price tag, a mint-condition 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie made a run at the record for most expensive baseball card. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the item recently sold for $2.88 million through Heritage Auctions. The only baseball card to..." April 20

  • No one pounds the zone anymore

    Hardball Talk "“Work fast and throw strikes” has long been the top conventional wisdom for those preaching pitching success. The “work fast” part of that has increasingly gone by the wayside, however, as pitchers take more and more time to throw pitches in an effort to max out their effort and, thus, their..." April 20

  • Drew Pomeranz makes season debut vs. Oakland tonight

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have the second-best ERA in the major leagues (2.66) and they’ve done it without one of their best starting pitchers from a year ago, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz will make his 2018 season debut tonight against the Oakland A’s, the team that he pitched so well for out of relief during..." April 20

  • MLB rumors: Yankees stealing Clayton Kershaw from Dodgers in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the Yankees try to get out of an early-season hole, the future is bright. That can (and still should) be said about this current season. Despite a tough start, there's too much talent in the Bronx for this season to end up totally in the gutter. But even if the 2018 Yankees don't reach the..." April 20

  • Shohei Ohtani says blister is ‘healing pretty well’

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani had his first rough start as an MLB pitcher earlier this week when he was knocked out after two innings against the Boston Red Sox, and it would appear a blister on his pitching hand had something to do with the poor performance. Fortunately, the issue does not sound..." April 20

  • Why a Manny Machado trade at the deadline seems more likely by the day for the Orioles

    CBS Sports "Orioles infielder Manny Machado endured a bit of a disappointing 2017 season, but thus far in 2018 he's producing in line with expectations. Through 19 games, Machado in this, his age-25 campaign owns a slash line of .338/.414/.623 (189 OPS+) with five home runs and seven doubles. Those are..." April 20

  • Yankees will take any Giancarlo Stanton positive they can get

    New York Post "The combination of Aaron Judge hitting second and Giancarlo Stanton third had not resulted in the offense anyone expected, so Aaron Boone made a change Thursday. The Yankees manager moved Stanton, who entered the day hitless in his previous 13 at-bats, out of the three-hole for the first time..." April 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Michael Conforto for Marlins' J.T. Realmuto?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Over the next few months, we're going to find out a couple things about the Mets. -How much does the front office believe in this team's hot start and ability to contend all summer? -At what cost will general manager Sandy Alderson upgrade the catcher position? The answers to those will..." April 20

  • Where ‘kicking the tires’ could lead Mets in the trade market

    New York Post "One week of Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido sharing catching duties has hardly convinced Mets officials the team is set at that position. But as team brass is “kicking the tires” on potential trade options, according to a club source, it’s Lobaton and Nido who will have to continue handling the..." April 20

  • Royals expect Salvador Perez to return next week

    Larry Brown Sports "After a very disappointing start to their 2018 season, the Kansas City Royals are finally getting some good news. Manager Ned Yost confirmed Friday that the Royals are expecting Perez to return next week after injuring himself on the eve of Opening Day." April 20

  • Mike Napoli to have season-ending knee surgery

    MLB.com "Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, creating questions about where the first baseman's career will go from here. The Indians announced prior to Thursday's game in Baltimore that Napoli will require season-ending surgery. Indians..." April 20

  • Even Dave Dombrowski didn't expect Red Sox' record start

    Boston Herald "Not even the architect of the 2018 Red Sox thought they would be this good. Off to the best start in franchise history at 16-2, the Sox just knocked around the Los Angeles Angels, who own the second-best record in the American League at 13-5, for a three-game sweep in which the Sox out-scored..." April 20

  • Bumgarner has pins removed from hand, Bochy hints at timeline for return

    San Jose Mercury News "Four weeks after a line drive ruined the Giants’ early-season plans and fractured the pinky in Madison Bumgarner’s pitching hand, the club’s ace made an important visit to the doctor’s office. Bumgarner had three pins removed from his left hand Thursday as he recovers from a fractured fifth..." April 20

  • Meet the new Kyle Schwarber

    NBC Sports Chicago "It would be easy to point to Kyle Schwarber's new six-pack as the main reason why he's off to a solid start at the plate. But Schwarber's offensive prowess is more related to the work he's done inside his own head, not on being in the Best Shape of His Life. He's out to prove he's more than..." April 20

  • Matt Harvey not interested in bullpen move: 'I'm a starting pitcher'

    The Score "Matt Harvey's fall from grace could land him in the New York Mets' bullpen, but The Dark Knight doesn't appear ready to make such a move. Following another bad outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, including Mike Puma of the New York Post, that it..." April 20

  • Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

    Hardball Talk "Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s..." April 20

  • A's trade Trayce Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A

    MLB.com "The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville. Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building..." April 20

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