Hardball Talk "Mike Trout has achieved a lot for someone who has had only two full seasons in the Major Leagues. He’s led the league in runs twice, and led once each in stolen bases and walks while lapping his competition in terms of WAR. But on Saturday afternoon against the Tigers, Trout achieved something he..." April 19
CBSSports.com "Yeesh, tough call by Williams. He's clearly using Harper to set an example for the rest of the team. I don't think any player would run out that ball hard. Ironically, Harper usually plays extremely hard, often to his detriment. He tends to run into walls and stuff like that. In fact, here is..." April 19
Catcher Chris Snyder, who was playing for Round Rock, has retired.
CBSSports.com "According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, MLB and the MLBPA are likely to make adjustments to the current home plate collision and transfer rules. Officials from the union met with MLB executives recently to voice their displeasure over the new transfer rule, which is causing headaches. Here is..." April 19
Hardball Talk "Yankees left-hander Cesar Cabral had an eventful Friday night. And not in a good way. Cabral faced six batters in the bottom of the eighth inning against the Rays last night and failed to retire any of them. After replacing Adam Warren, he gave up a single to Ben Zobrist before throwing a wild..." April 19
ESPN.com "The Ike Davis saga is over in New York. The New York Mets traded the enigmatic first baseman to the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, in exchange for right-handed reliever Zack Thornton and a player to be named later. The deal was announced just a few minutes prior to the Mets' game against the..." April 19
Hardball Talk "Brewers catcher Martin Maldonado literally hit the cover off of a baseball when he grounded a Charlie Morton fastball to third base in the sixth inning on Friday night. As the ball bounced towards third baseman Pedro Alvarez, one of the flaps came undone. Alvarez fired across to first base,..." April 19
Manny played 5 innings, all went well. Buck said he'd play tmrw
Hardball Talk "As you’ve probably heard, the A’s racked up seven runs in the first inning of their 11-3 win over the Astros on Friday night, knocking starter Jarred Cosart out of the game. That frame only ended when Jed Lowrie, batting for the second time in the inning with a man on, aimed for a bunt single..." April 19
#BlueJays DL Lind, activate Reyes, call up Juan Francisco from Buffalo, return Kawasaki to Buffalo. Francisco hitting .341/11RBI/11G @ AAA.
Jason Bartlett has informed #mntwins he plans to retire.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution "A million bucks generally won’t get you much on baseball’s free-agent market these days, but pitcher Aaron Harang is proving to be a major exception for the Braves. The well-traveled veteran pitched seven hitless innings in Friday night’s 6-0 win against the New York Mets at Citi Field, where..." April 19
Cincinnati Enquirer "Of all the players on the disabled list, none is more important than Mat Latos. Losing your No. 2 starter can be a disaster. Unless you have a guy step up like Alfredo Simon has for the Reds. Simon threw his third straight quality start in Latos' stead Friday to beat the Chicago Cubs 4-1..." April 19
San Diego Union-Tribune "In Rene Rivera, Padres pitchers trust. Of course, no more than any other catcher on staff, manager Bud Black insists time and time again – even if the numbers are penning a striking story early this season. Noticeably wild to start the season, Ross fired his second straight dominant start –..." April 19
Oakland Tribune "The A's locked up reliever Sean Doolittle with a contract extension Friday afternoon, just hours before prized prospect Sonny Gray showed once again that he also has the makings of a franchise cornerstone. Gray kept the Houston Astros in check for six innings and cruised to his third victory..." April 19
Arizona Republic "Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson sensed frustration out of his second baseman, so in the late innings on Friday night he told Aaron Hill something he tells his players somewhat regularly during games. Gibson told him he was going to deliver the game-winning hit. "I don't know if I believed..." April 19
Denver Post "What pains they were, literally, that pushed the Rockies off course on an unforgiving weeklong odyssey through run-snuffing ports in San Francisco and San Diego. This team of twists and turns, though, returned home singing and slinging like they never left Coors Field. The Rockies went from..." April 19
Tampa Tribune "Work the process, work the process, work the process. If there was one thing Tampa Bay Rays manager Joe Maddon said this week – and he said it often – was his team needed to work the process. Have good at-bats. Continue to put the ball in play. “It will comeback to us,” Maddon said..." April 19
Dallas Morning News "It is spring. Leonys Martin is blossoming. For the Rangers offense, which has stagnated for most of the first three weeks of the season, no development could be more important. Not even the continued growth of Martin Perez, who pitched a complete-game 12-0 win over the Chicago White Sox on..." April 19
Kansas City Star "These were the Royals of the preseason promise. Stellar pitching, outstanding defense and hitting that was timely and powerful added up to a 5-0 Royals victory over the Twins that worked on every level. Start with pitcher Jason Vargas, who delivered yet another solid outing. He hadn’t..." April 19
Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "Manager Mike Redmond was ready to take the bat out of Giancarlo Stanton's hands with the game on the line in the ninth inning Friday. Instant replay put Stanton back in position to win the game, and he did just that in grand fashion. With the bases loaded and no out, Stanton took anything but a..." April 19
CSN Baltimore "As a boy growing up on the island of Curacao, Jonathan Schoop probably dreamed of four-hit games in the major leagues. He never thought he’d achieve that under the conditions he played in on Friday night. The rookie infielder, here only because Manny Machado began the season on the disabled..." April 19
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "When you play a game as strange — and ugly — as the Milwaukee Brewers did on Friday night, it's not often that you come out on top. Yet, that was exactly what happened for the Brewers, who somehow overcame four errors in the field and a couple more on the base paths to outlast the Pittsburgh..." April 19
Los Angeles Times "An offensive barrage that featured a pair of two-run home runs from Howie Kendrick and a three-run shot from Albert Pujols — career homer No. 497 — was impressive and, it turns out, necessary for the Angels, who made things far too interesting by throwing an incendiary device by the name of Josh..." April 19
Toronto Sun "The Blue Jays will go absolutely nowhere if Edwin Encarnacion doesn’t hit. Steady Eddie has been anything but this season and if you’re wondering what’s wrong with the Jays offence, look no further than Encarnacion. Jose Reyes has not been with the team and that has hurt and the bottom of..." April 19
Nats Insider "On the heels of an atrocious performance Thursday night, Matt Williams challenged his players to return to the park Friday with renewed focus and desire. The Nationals responded in kind, delivering the kind of well-played ballgame Williams had been seeking all along. Gio Gonzalez and Michael..." April 19
Fansided "There was a rumor floating around that former MLB slugger Manny Ramirez was signing with independent league Bridgeport Bluefish. Zach Links of MLB Trade Rumors says that’s not true, and that any rumor involving Ramirez and an indy ball team aren’t true. The 41-year old is only considering minor..." April 19
The @Athletics sign LHP Sean Doolittle to 5-year contract with club options for 2019-20 seasons.
Sources: Hanrahan not yet negotiating with teams. Expected to take offers early next week. Some clubs requesting medicals.
ESPN.com "Yasiel Puig has presented Don Mattingly with plenty of managerial challenges since arriving in the major leagues last June, but the latest news about the outfielder's perilous escape from Cuba has taken the relationship into new territory. According to two reports, including a lengthy ESPN The..." April 18
MLB Daily Dish "Veteran right-hander Freddy Garcia is close to signing with an undisclosed team in Asia, according to major league sources. It is currently unclear which country the 37-year old will be heading to, but it appears as though he will be leaving the U.S. after being released by the Braves at the end..." April 18
Baltimore Sun "Orioles reliever Brian Matusz remembers laughing when he opened the piece of fan mail in Sarasota, Fla., last month. He immediately showed the contents of the manila envelope to Orioles head athletic trainer Richie Bancells before informing manager Buck Showalter. "I'm like, Richie, can you..." April 18
Newark Star-Ledger "Carlos Beltran's going to sleep on it. That is, if he can actually sleep. Beltran said he'll see how he feels Friday morning before telling manager Joe Girardi whether he can play after his scary tumble over a Tropicana Field wall in the Yankees' 10-2 win over the Rays Thursday..." April 18
Philly.com "In the last 2 days, the Phillies have watched the two pitchers atop their rotation post two of the team's top pitching performances of the young season. Cole Hamels looks plenty ready to join the party. In what was very likely his final minor league rehab start, Hamels pitched seven strong..." April 18
Hardball Talk "A guy named AJ Mass wore the Mr. Met costume at Shea Stadium from 1994-97. He just wrote a memoir called “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.” In it, he reveals that in 1997, President Clinton visited Shea. Mass wanted to meet him, but the secret service..." April 18
RHP Jeremy Jeffress elected free agency rather than accept an outright assignment from Toronto. Will sign with new team within 24-48 hours.
Yahoo! Sports "When it came time to talk about the tall, skinny kid who threw like nobody else, the debate wasn't much of a debate at all. The Kansas City Royals held the fourth pick in the 2010 draft. The top three picks were gimmes: Bryce Harper, Jameson Taillon and Manny Machado. Where they would go at No. 4..." April 18
New York Post "Everything was aligned Thursday night for the Yankees to deal with cold sweats and nightmares. CC Sabathia against the Rays was a matchup that didn’t favor the Yankees, and it was awful with the ace working at Tropicana Field. With David Price on the mound for the hosts, runs figured to be..." April 18
Minneapolis Star Tribune "On the coldest day in Twins history, before the smallest crowd in Target Field history, Kyle Gibson made a little history of his own. The Twins’ righthander, whose longest previous start last 6 1/3 innings last Friday, pitched eight shutout innings Thursday, leading Minnesota back to .500 on..." April 18
Minneapolis Star Tribune "By the time Chris Colabello came to the plate in the eighth inning Thursday night, he faced a real dilemma: He was already 5-for-7 during the Twins’ doubleheader against the Blue Jays, with three doubles, three RBI, and the bases were loaded with teammates, just waiting for the team’s hottest..." April 18
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "It wasn't until the ninth inning that Washington managed to get a base hit out of the infield against Adam Wainwright. It didn't matter. The Cardinals' ace raced through the Washington Nationals' lineup on a chilly night as his teammates feasted on the error-prone Nats for an 8-0 victory at..." April 18
Kansas City Star "The streak began in the sixth inning of a 5-1 Royals victory, when James Shields left Astros outfielder Dexter Fowler numb with a 92-mph fastball at the thighs. Six batters later, third baseman Matt Dominguez stared at a 90-mph fastball at the knees, and Shields had his seventh strikeout in a..." April 18
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates couldn’t quite get to Milwaukee starter Yovani Gallardo Thursday night, but they managed to outlast him. Gallardo recovered from a two-run first inning to work without much trouble through the Pirates lineup for the next five. He and Edinson Volquez, having dueled to a draw, gave..." April 18
WEEI Boston "The Red Sox once again didn’t come away with a bunch of hits Thursday night, but David Ross made sure the one he claimed counted. With one out in the ninth, Ross ripped a double to right field, scoring Mike Napoli and paving the way for a 3-1 win over the White Sox. The Red Sox had entered..." April 18
Denver Post "Veteran Michael Cuddyer is not one for hyperbole, especially not 17 games into the season. So when he calls a win a "big win," it's, well, a big win. Cuddyer's Rockies rallied to beat the Padres 3-1 on Thursday afternoon at Petco Park, a positive ending to a seven-game road trip marked by..." April 18
Courier-Post "For the second straight game, the Phillies received a top-notch performance from their starting pitcher. This day, however, the Phillies did not let it go to waste. Ben Revere slapped a RBI single up the middle off Alex Wood — who had been fantastic up that point — in the eighth to plate..." April 18
Detroit Free Press "WHAT HAPPENED: Ian Kinsler hit a three-run home run in the Tigers' four-run fourth inning and finished with four RBIs as the Tigers edged the Indians in a sloppy, error-filled game to split their abridged two-game series. The two teams combined for five errors and several pitching changes and made..." April 18
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "An early four-run lead disappeared as Tanner Scheppers struggled once again to avoid the big inning. But the Texas Rangers found their way for another comeback victory with timely hitting and their bullpen pitching a shutout the final 6 2/3 innings. Mitch Moreland had his first three-RBI game..." April 18
Los Angeles Times "Next time Hyun-Jin Ryu starts at home, disguise Dodger Stadium. Put a giant Coke bottle beyond left field. Add a pool in center. Slap Petco Park signs in the dugout or something. Anything to make Ryu believe he’s pitching on the road, where currently he is invincible. Ryu was at it again..." April 18
Kershaw threw 35 pitches, including breaking balls, and finished up with a couple lively fastballs.