• Jeremy Hellickson Departs Final Start Of 2016 With Knee Sprain

    MLB Trade Rumors "8:12pm: Hellickson has a right knee sprain, the club announced (via Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com, on Twitter). That’s certainly good news for the Phils and for Hellickson, assuming that there’s no further damage. 7:30pm: Phillies right-hander Jeremy Hellickson left the mound tonight with an..." September 29

  • Just a scare for Angels Mike Trout: X-rays negative

    Orange County Register "Mike Trout, who left Wednesday's game after being hit in the left shoulder blade by a pitch, underwent X-rays, which showed no break, on Thursday. Trout said he was sore after Wednesday's game, but he was still hoping to play on Friday" September 29

  • Jesus Montero Receives 50-Game Suspension

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays Triple-A first baseman Jesus Montero has been slapped with a fifty game suspension after testing positive for a banned stimulant, the league announced. Montero was once a hyped prospect, but has been trying unsuccessfully to revive his career in the upper minors in recent years." September 29

  • Fox Sports takes on Alex Rodriguez as analyst for MLB playoffs

    Sporting News "Welcome back, Alex Rodriguez. Well, sort of. The former Yankees slugger will serve as a TV analyst with Fox Sports during the postseason, Rodriguez announced on Twitter. Rodriguez, 41, served as an analyst last year after the Yankees lost their wild-card game to the Astros." September 29

  • CC Sabathia says he wants to pitch after Yankees contract ends next season: ‘Hopefully it will be here’

    New York Daily News "CC Sabathia has spent the past few years making the transition away from a life as a power pitcher, understanding how to use his diminished velocity to his advantage. Having finally figured out what works for him and what doesn't, the big lefty is excited for 2017, which will mark the final..." September 29

  • Someone stole Jose Fernandez’s high school jersey after a vigil

    Hardball Talk "People are the absolute worst sometimes. The latest example: someone stole one of Jose Fernandez’s high school jerseys, which had been displayed in his old high school’s dugout for a vigil last night. That report comes from Anastasia Dawson of the Tampa Bay Times who covered the vigil at Alonso..." September 29

  • Cardinals will bring back Mike Matheny for the 2017 season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Nobody in power or authority at Busch Stadium denies that the 2016 season hasn’t panned out quite as well as they had hoped one year after winning 100 games. But one thing appears clear: Cardinals manager Mike Matheny’s job is not in jeopardy. In an exclusive interview with the Post-Dispatch,..." September 29

  • Inciarte lobbies for Snitker to get Braves managerial job

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Count center fielder Ender Inciarte among the chorus of Braves who believe that interim manager Brian Snitker should shed the interim tag and be hired as the team’s next manager. After an injury-slowed first two months with the Braves, Inciarte rebounded to become one of baseball’s best leadoff..." September 29

  • Family, friends attend Jose Fernandez's private funeral Mass

    ESPN "A day after fans said goodbye, family members and friends of Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez attended a private funeral Mass on Thursday. Fernandez and two friends were killed in a boat crash off South Beach early Sunday. "I think the most important thing is that he brought this..." September 29

  • Indians’ Brantley could miss significant time in 2017

    Today's Knuckleball "Sources familiar with Cleveland Indians outfielder Michael Brantley’s shoulder surgery suggest they believe it is quite serious, and that he could in fact miss significant time next season. Word based on those sources is that “they had to re-anchor the muscle to the bone.” Brantley, who had..." September 29

  • David Ortiz may get a bridge near Fenway Park named after him

    Fox Sports "With David Ortiz's career soon coming to an end, Massachusetts' top legislators have proposed renaming a bridge near Fenway Park after the Red Sox slugger. A group of top elected officials -- including Massachusetts governor Charlie Baker -- submitted the proposal on Thursday, one day after the..." September 29

  • Chicago Cubs Playoff Tickets On Track To Be Baseball's Most Expensive Ever

    Forbes.com "The Chicago Cubs won their 100th game Monday night as their magical season rolls on. The club has the best record in baseball by a wide margin (101-56), the best run differential in a landslide (+252) and is a heavy favorite to win the World Series (11/5). The Cubbies have three Cy Young Award..." September 29

  • Seattle Mariners' Rookie Gets Chris Farley Treatment

    TMZ "HOLY SCHNIKES!!!! The Mariners went waaaayyyy back to haze one their rookies Wednesday -- making 1st baseman Dan Vogelbach dress like Chris Farley from his legendary Chippendales sketch ... and it was awesome!! Seriously, the resemblance is uncanny! Don't worry, Vogelbach was joined by..." September 29

  • The Royals continue a disturbing trend for defending World Series champions

    Fox Sports "For the 16th consecutive year, Major League Baseball won't have a repeat World Series winner. But a surprising new trend further demonstrates just how tough it is to go back to back. The defending champion Royals were officially eliminated from playoff contention on Wednesday night, but they..." September 29

  • Pete Rose wrote letter to Hall of Fame asking to be on ballot

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball announced last season that Pete Rose’s latest appeal for reinstatement has been denied, so Rose has decided to try a different angle. He’s pleading with the National Baseball Hall of Fame directly. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports obtained a copy of a lengthy letter Rose sent..." September 29

  • Mets' Tim Tebow homers in first instructional league at-bat

    USA Today "Tim Tebow’s first professional baseball game, of sorts, yielded an immediate highlight as the telegenic Heisman Trophy winner and two-time national champion quarterback hit a home run on the first pitch he saw in a game against a team of St. Louis Cardinals farmhands. Tebow, 29, is likely the..." September 29

  • Newspaper runs insensitive headline following Mets win

    Sportsnaut "There are editors for a reason. Most papers also has specific headline writers for a reason. It’s all part of the process. A process that includes providing quality content and making sure all your I’s are dotted and T’s are crossed. Unfortunately, mistakes are sometimes made. The idea of..." September 28

  • Levine: Theo Epstein Agrees To 5-Year Extension With Cubs

    CBSChicago.com "The Cubs got their man for the second time in five years today. Chairman Tom Ricketts and president Theo Epstein hammered out a new deal that will keep Epstein in charge of the Cubs’ baseball operations for five more years. Epstein’s contract had been set to expire at season’s end. The deal..." September 28

  • Extend Jed Hoyer and Jason McLeod to go along with extending Theo Epstein

    MLB Trade Rumors "USA Today’s Bob Nightengale tweets that Epstein’s contract is believed to be worth more than $50MM in total, which would make him the highest-paid baseball executive on record. Additionally, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that both Hoyer and McLeod have received extensions with the Cubs as..." September 28

  • White Sox will retain Robin Ventura, if he wants to return

    USA Today "The Chicago White Sox have decided to retain manager Robin Ventura and will sign him to new contract providing Ventura wants to return, a high-ranking White Sox official told USA TODAY Sports. The official spoke on the condition of anonymity since there has been no public announcement, and..." September 28

  • Scouting in Venezuela: “Someone is going to get killed. It’s just a matter of time”

    Hardball Talk "Ben Badler of Baseball America has a story about how major league scouts who cover Venezuela are unhappy with the rules imposed upon them by the league. Rules, they say, which unreasonably prohibit them from scouting Venezuelan players in centralized, team-controlled locations or, alternatively,..." September 28

  • Miami, Marlins gather to say goodbye to Jose Fernandez at Marlins Park

    USA Today "After three days of mourning the death of Jose Fernandez inside Marlins Park, it was time for the rest of the community he called home to have its moment to grieve. A funeral procession carrying Fernandez’s body left Marlins Park shortly after its scheduled 2:16 p.m. departure on Wednesday, one..." September 28

  • The Big Interview: David Ortiz

    SI "Traded at age 20 and released at 27, David Ortiz will retire this year at 40 as one of the most accomplished players of his generation. The man known as Big Papi is the all-time leader among designated hitters in hits, home runs and runs batted in; one of the game’s greatest postseason clutch..." September 28

  • Marlins coach shares 6-year-old son's story about his 'buddy' Jose Fernandez

    Fox Sports "In the wake of the tragic death of 24-year-old Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez in a boating accident early Sunday morning, players have rallied together, paid tribute and told stories about their late teammate and friend. Fans and other admirers have shared memories, too. One such..." September 28

  • The Blue Jays and Pirates will reportedly play games in Montreal next spring

    Fox Sports "Montreal may no longer have an MLB team to call its own, but the city continues to serve as host for preseason baseball in the spring. According to the Montreal Gazette, the Toronto Blue Jays will return to Montreal to play a pair of spring training games next year. The Jays will reportedly..." September 28

  • Curt Schilling's Dead Serious About Political Career, Eyes White House in 2024

    TMZ "President Curt Schilling??? It's possible ... because the ex-MLB superstar tells TMZ Sports he's 100% serious about launching his political career ... starting with a senate run in Massachusetts in the VERY near future. Schilling is a staunch republican and says he's seriously leaning..." September 28

  • David Ortiz won’t play for Dominican Republic in WBC

    Today's Knuckleball "For those hoping to see a Magic Johnson-style post-retirement appearance from David Ortiz at the 2017 World Baseball Classic, the Boston designated hitter shot down that notion on Tuesday. Ortiz told media, including Evan Drellich of the Boston Herald, he would not suit up for his native..." September 28

  • Cardinals' Aledmys Diaz hits emotional grand slam, honors Jose Fernandez

    USA Today "St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Aledmys Diaz, grieving with his best friend’s family Monday in Miami, didn’t feel like getting back on that plane to St. Louis. He was saying goodbye to Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who was killed Sunday in a boating accident. It was like his own brother..." September 28

  • Stephen Strasburg is ‘unlikely’ to pitch in NLDS, Mike Rizzo says

    Washington Post "Stephen Strasburg played catch at 90 feet Tuesday afternoon at Nationals Park. The session constitutes progress in his recovery from a strained flexor mass, but not enough for the Nationals to believe the all-star right-hander will be ready for the start of the playoffs. “I think it would be..." September 28

  • Indians ace Corey Kluber out at least a week with a quadriceps strain

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The clock is ticking on Corey Kluber. The Indians will play their first postseason game one week from Thursday. Meanwhile, an MRI on Tuesday afternoon revealed that Kluber is suffering from a mild quadriceps strain. He is expected to miss 7-10 days. Kluber does not have a groin injury, as..." September 28

  • Dodgers become first team to announce postseason starting rotation

    CBS Sports "Because the Cubs have already clinched the best record in baseball, we know the Dodgers and Nationals will meet in the NLDS when the postseason begins next week. The two clubs are still jockeying for home-field advantage in that series, however. On Tuesday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts became..." September 28

  • Lourdes Gurriel Setting Up Private Workouts With MLB Clubs

    MLB Trade Rumors "Free agent infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr., who hosted a showcase attended by roughly two-thirds of the league earlier this month, is setting up private workouts with “about a half-dozen” clubs, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Currently known to have a private audition in the works are the Red..." September 28

  • Drew Pomeranz Won’t Start Again This Season

    WEEI Boston "This wasn’t exactly how the Red Sox envisioned Drew Pomeranz’ status at this point in a pennant race. John Farrell announced prior to Tuesday night’s game against the Yankees that Pomeranz would not be making his scheduled start Thursday due to both a sore left forearm, and having totaled more..." September 28

  • Surgery possible for Tyson Ross

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A troublesome right shoulder has kept Tyson Ross from pitching for the Padres since opening day, and he might be considered questionable for next season’s opener, too. Ross has received multiple medical opinions and tests on the shoulder in the “last couple weeks, trying to ascertain what the..." September 28

  • Nationals' Cole suspended 5 games for throwing at Pirates' Kang

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, benches cleared in Pittsburgh after Nationals right-hander A.J. Cole threw behind Pirates third baseman Jung Ho Kang. That was in response to Kang applying a fake tag on Bryce Harper earlier in the game, which forced Harper to slide awkwardly and hurt his thumb. Here's the..." September 27

  • Braves trade Beckham to Giants for cash

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "It’s not often that a player gets traded in the final week of the season, but it happened Tuesday when the Braves traded backup infielder Gordon Beckham to the Giants for cash considerations. Beckham, 30, will provide some depth in the remaining regular-season games for the Giants after Eduardo..." September 27

  • Tigers activate Nick Castellanos from 15-day disabled list

    Today's Knuckleball "The Detroit Tigers announced Tuesday that they have officially activated third baseman Nick Castellanos from the 15-day disabled list. Castellanos has been on the shelf since August 6 after breaking his left hand after being hit by a pitch from New York Mets starter Logan Verrett. It was his..." September 27

  • Sources: Steven Matz to undergo season-ending elbow surgery

    ESPN "New York Mets left-hander Steven Matz will have surgery to remove the bone spur in his pitching elbow, sources told ESPN. Matz will not, however, need surgery on his shoulder" September 27

  • Wilson Ramos out with torn ACL

    Washington Times "Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos will be out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, according to manager Dusty Baker. Ramos exited Monday’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the sixth inning after jumping for a high throw from first baseman Ryan Zimmerman. Ramos landed..." September 27

  • Blue Jays’ Shapiro expects MLB discipline after brawl with Yankees

    Sportsnet "Mark Shapiro is expecting Major League Baseball to hand down some punishments as the repercussions from Monday night’s brawl with the New York Yankees continue to hit the Toronto Blue Jays. The club’s president and CEO, speaking on a conference call to discuss renovation for the team’s spring..." September 27

  • Fans invited to gather Wednesday to pay tribute to Jose Fernandez

    ESPN "Fans will get two opportunities Wednesday to pay their respects to Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, who died this past weekend in a boating accident. Fans have been invited to gather Wednesday at the West Plaza at Marlins Park for Fernandez's final departure from the ballpark at 2:16 p.m...." September 27

  • Marlins To Extend Martin Prado

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have agreed in principle to a three-year, $40MM extension with third baseman Martin Prado, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. Assuming the deal goes through to completion, he’ll remain with Miami through 2019. While the Miami organization will obviously be glad to have..." September 27

  • The new Nasty Boys? Dodgers' bullpen among those that could be October surprise

    SI "This will not be your father’s postseason, or even your older brother’s postseason. We tend to view the golden age of baseball as whatever was being played when we were in those wonder years when we were between eight and 12 years old. It forms our view of how baseball “should be played,” and of..." September 27

  • A bag with signed Fernandez baseballs washed ashore a day after boat accident

    CBS Sports "In the wake of the tragic death of Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez and two of his friends, a beachgoer in Miami stumbled upon a personal bag -- apparently of Fernandez's -- that washed ashore and contained four autographed baseballs and his checkbook. There also appears to be an iPhone..." September 27

  • Multiple Miami Marlins passed on joining Jose Fernandez on that boat

    Hardball Talk "A brutal couple of updates on the night of Jose Fernandez’s death from Jeff Passan of Yahoo and from Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald. Passan reports on the leadup to the fateful boat trip. About how a friend of one of the other men killed on the boat had pleaded with him not to go out in..." September 27

  • Yu Darvish's Bro Convicted In MLB Gambling Ring

    TMZ "The brother of MLB superstar Yu Darvish has been convicted of running a multi-million dollar gambling ring that centered around Major League Baseball games ... officials say. Authorities in Japan say 27-year-old Sho Darvish was taking hundreds of bets on MLB games and pro baseball games in..." September 27

  • Details emerge on Jose Fernandez's last night

    USA Today "Jose Fernandez was upset following an argument with his girlfriend and summoned two friends for the late-night boating expedition that ended in the death of the 24-year-old Miami Marlins pitcher and his companions, according to reports that detailed the final evening of his life. Eddy Rivero..." September 27

  • David Ortiz explains why he was 'born to play against the Yankees'

    Fox Sports "Barring a next-to-impossible wild-card scenario for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox slugger David Ortiz will play at Yankee Stadium for the last time in a three-game set beginning on Tuesday. The 40-year-old is having an absolutely incredible final season and he's collected some nice..." September 27

  • Why some agents have serious concerns about MLB's next CBA

    Fox Sports "Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said last week that he was optimistic a new collective-bargaining agreement could be reached in "relatively short order." While most in the sport would celebrate a resolution prior to the current CBA's Dec. 1 expiration, some player agents fear that the new..." September 27

  • Joaquin Benoit Leaves Park On Crutches

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays reliever Joaquin Benoit left the ballpark last night on crutches, according to Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca (via Twitter). The veteran evidently was suffering from a leg injury that arose during a bench-clearing dust-up in yesterday’s game. It would obviously be rather disappointing if..." September 27