WEEI Boston "According to an industry source, the Red Sox have reached agreement with Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo on a seven-year, $72.5 million deal that will take effect starting in 2014 and run through 2020. Earlier this week, Red Sox GM Ben Cherington acknowledged that the Red Sox had worked out..." August 22
ESPN.com "Robinson Cano's new team has a better record than his old team. And his old team dearly misses his bat -- at least this season. So no, Cano, who signed a 10-year, $240 million contract with the Seattle Mariners (68-58) in the offseason, does not regret leaving the New York Yankees (64-61)...." August 22
Minneapolis Star Tribune "He also implied he will return as GM next season if his health continues to improve, a decision he won’t make until the end of the year. Ryan had surgery to remove cancer from his neck in February and radiation treatments before returning to work full-time in June. Ryan was asked if he wants to..." August 22
#Angels Garrett Richards has a torn patellar tendon. Surgery next week. Will miss 6-9 months.
#Rockies placed Michael Cuddyer on revocable waivers Sunday, but pulled him back after he experienced hamstring discomfort. Won’t be traded.
New York Post "The Mets are paying attention to the market for Cuban defectors, but it remains unlikely a star of Yasiel Puig’s magnitude will be arriving at Citi Field anytime soon. Even so, the organization, according to sources, will in the coming days take a look at Roberto Carlos, a 28-year-old shortstop..." August 22
ESPN.com "The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers appear to be the front-runners for the services of Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo, two league sources said Thursday, with a decision expected no later than the weekend. The Red Sox would like to add Castillo to an outfield that already includes another..." August 22
USA Today "Hit king Pete Rose says the following in a clip on ESPN.com culled from an interview for ESPN2's "Outside the Lines" about the 25th anniversary of his banishment from baseball: "I've been led to believe America is a forgiving country, and if you do the right things – keep your nose clean, be a..." August 22
WEEI Boston "Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes left Thursday’s game against the Angels after three innings. The Red Sox announced that he left the game on “a personal matter” and was not injured. Before exiting, Cespedes had uncoiled a rocket of a throw to nab a runner (attempting to score from second on a..." August 22
Chicago Sun-Times "A staffing decision by the Cubs’ stadium operations might have made as big a difference as any “mechanical’’ issue in creating the tarp-related mess Tuesday night that led to the historic decision Wednesday to uphold the San Francisco Giants’ challenge of what was originally ruled a rain-shortened..." August 22
Miguel Cabrera reaggravated a right ankle injury when he slid into home plate last night. It's minor, but something to keep an eye on.
San Jose Mercury News "Giants manager Bruce Bochy said Thursday that he expects Brandon Belt to play again this season. During an appearance on 95.7 The Game, the first baseman said the same. "I'm definitely planning on playing this season," Belt said while on "The Wheelhouse." I'm definitely planning on being there..." August 21
CSN New England "David Ortiz continues his assault up the Red Sox history books. Ortiz was at it again Wednesday night, clubbing his 30th home run of the season, and fourth in his last five games. For Ortiz, it's his eighth season of 30-plus home runs, all with the Red Sox. That ties him for the most..." August 21
Fox Sports "The Rusney Castillo negotiations continue to progress rapidly, and the Red Sox are one of the three clubs most actively involved for the Cuban free-agent outfielder, according to major-league sources. Castillo, since his showcase in Miami on July 26, has held private workouts for eight clubs,..." August 21
Updated #Cubs roster: SS Starlin Castro placed on Bereavement List, SP Edwin Jackson (strained lat) placed on DL ...
Detroit Free Press "Detroit Tigers minor league pitcher Evan Reed, accused of sexual assault against a woman he met last spring in Royal Oak, is set to appear for a preliminary this morning in a Detroit court room. Reed, 28, of Royal Oak has said publicly that he “did nothing wrong,” and that the sex was..." August 21
ESPN Los Angeles "Los Angeles Angels ace Garrett Richards was carted off the field on a stretcher in the second inning with what appeared to be a serious injury to his left knee Wednesday night against the Red Sox. The Angels announced midgame that Richards had sustained a patellar injury to his left knee but..." August 21
The expectation from those close to the negotiation is that Brady Aiken will end up making a deal with the Astros around the Nix hearing.
CSN Washington "This shouldn't be happening, not like this. It's not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it's not that they've won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It's that they've won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning. Really,..." August 21
New York Post "All that remains in the mind of Masahiro Tanaka is rebuilding arm strength. If it were up to Tanaka, the Yankees would stamp “Healed” on his forehead and just count the days until he pitches again. Fortunately, such decisions are not up to the individual. Tanaka, who last pitched July 8,..." August 21
CBSSports.com "There have been a lot of nice things said by ace starter Jon Lester about the Red Sox since being traded to the Athletics, and that shouldn't be a surprise. There's no reason to think he didn't absolutely love his time in Boston, as he has said both before he left and since he has gone. Still,..." August 20
Giants not confirming it but sources say they won protest. Tuesday game to be picked up at 4 Thursday. #Cubs
Hardball Talk "There is a long and rich history of players paying other players in order to get their jersey number. Usually it’s a watch or a big charitable donation or something. We saw a college fund once. My favorite ever was former New York Giants punter Jeff Feagles who got Plaxico Burress to pay for an..." August 20
Boston Herald "Curt Schilling revealed this morning that he has been suffering from oral cancer — the result of a 30-year chewing tobacco habit that the former Red Sox ace said he wishes he never began. “I do believe without a doubt, unquestionably, that chewing is what gave me cancer,” Schilling said during..." August 20
CBSSports.com "Talks are heating up involving Cuban star Rusney Castillo, and it's a good thing because he has designs on playing in the big leagues this season, according to people familiar with his situation. There is said to be urgency on the part of some of the teams involved in talks, and that makes..." August 20
CSN Bay Area "The Giants have filed an official protest with Major League Baseball following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss at Wrigley Field, when a 15-minute rainstorm in the fifth inning left the field unplayable because the grounds crew failed to fully cover the infield. A club source confirmed the Giants went..." August 20
Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The Texas Rangers have listed TBA as their starting pitcher for Sunday against Kansas City, though right-hander Miles Mikolas is the front-runner to get the start on normal rest. They will also need a starter at some point during the three-game series at Seattle next week, Tuesday if Mikolas..." August 20
St. Paul Pioneer Press "Twins manager Ron Gardenhire insisted he never said any magic words to plate umpire Chris Segal on Monday night, earning his 72nd career regular-season managerial ejection. " 'Check the ball' should not get you thrown out," Gardenhire said. "There's other things I've said, believe me, that..." August 20
Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday on regular rest, Zack Greinke pushed to Saturday, Mattingly says.
CBSSports.com "The Rays have activated outfielder Wil Myers off the 60-day disabled list, the team announced. The reigning AL Rookie of the Year has been out since suffering a wrist fracture diving for a ball on May 30. Myers, 23, was hitting .227/.313/.354 (89 OPS+) with five home runs in 53 games before..." August 20
CSN Philly "A.J. Burnett’s major league-leading walks total wasn’t the only number that rose in the Phillies’ 5-2 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night. With his 27th start of the season, Burnett passed a plateau that took his contract from $8.5 million to $10 million if he decides to pitch next..." August 20
Detroit News "Justin Verlander gave himself a gold star for Tuesday’s first test since he left the rotation last week with a shoulder ailment. It’s how he grades out Wednesday that counts for a pitcher who knows the day after a workout is often the real test of how much he has healed. If all is fine..." August 20
Bochy said Belt to miss 2-3 more weeks at least.
Denver Post "Carlos Gonzalez said "everything went perfect" with surgery on his left knee Monday in Vail, but the Rockies outfielder might be looking at a rehab that will make him late for spring training. Gonzalez will be in a walking brace for three weeks with limit mobility. And his rehab will take..." August 20
Dallas Morning News "Apparently, RHP Yu Darvish won’t miss just the minimum two weeks required by his recent placement on the DL with elbow inflammation. Darvish, who did not travel with the club to Miami, has not thrown in the week since he complained of the elbow soreness and manager Ron Washington on Tuesday..." August 20
Hardball Talk "USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reported Tuesday morning that the Diamondbacks “currently plan to bring back” manager Kirk Gibson next season. But the club’s new chief baseball officer — Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa — is now denying that anything has been decided on the Gibson front. “I..." August 20
Dallas Morning News "Left-hander Derek Holland, recovering from off-season micro-fracture surgery on the left knee, pitched into the sixth inning of an injury-rehabilitation start with Triple-A Round Rock against Tacoma of the Seattle organization on Tuesday night. Ron Washington might order no full swings from..." August 20
Baltimore Sun "Since returning from a left thumb injury that kept him out for three games, Orioles shortstop J.J. Hardy entered Tuesday with six hits in 16 at-bats, including three multihit games out of four. Through Monday, Hardy was batting .396 in August while still playing through pain in his thumb. “I..." August 20
ESPN New York "It turns out you can rewrite history. Derek Jeter's hit that tied Honus Wagner on the all-time hit list has been changed to an error by MLB executive vice president Joe Torre. In the grand scheme of things it doesn't really matter because Jeter has had six hits since then, putting him at..." August 20
David Price just confirmed that has not had conversations with the #Tigers about a long-term contract as of yet.
Hardball Talk "Andrew McCutchen is off the disabled list and back in the Pirates’ lineup after missing the minimum 15 days with a fractured rib. McCutchen actually remained on the active roster for most of that time before the Pirates finally shut him down and backdated the disabled list stint. His return..." August 19
MLB.com "Mariners ace Felix Hernandez said Monday his hip is fine after taking a one-hopper off the bat of Ian Kinsler in the fourth inning of his last start on Saturday in Detroit. "I'm good," Hernandez said upon arrival at Citizens Bank Park for the Mariners' three-game series with the..." August 19
Heard Cuban OF/INF Rusney Castillo is moving quickly toward a decision. #RedSox have shown considerable interest.
SB Nation "There is no good kind of sports team owner, really. Some are demonstrably better than others, but when the most desirable options are Distant Globetrotting Billionaire With Open Checkbook and Stubborn Octogenarian Pillar Of The Community, Possibly Wearing A Hat, Also With Open Checkbook, we are..." August 19
ESPN Los Angeles "The Los Angeles Dodgers aren’t the healthiest group at the moment with key contributors Juan Uribe, Hanley Ramirez and Hyun-Jin Ryu all landing on the disabled list over the last ten days. No one in that trio, though, is expected to miss significant time. Good depth on the roster and a 4.5 game..." August 19
Covers.com "Adam Dunn isn't sure what he will decide to do in the offseason about the rest of his baseball career. Speaking with the media Monday for the first time since telling an MLB.com reporter last weekend he was considering retirement, the 34-year-old veteran said he is no clearer on the subject a..." August 19
MLB.com "Aroldis Chapman was not available on Monday night — a game the Reds lost by a 6-5 score in 10 innings to the Cardinals. Chapman faced four batters and walked all of them before the Reds dropped a 10-9 heartbreaker to the Rockies in Game 1 of Sunday’s doubleheader. He threw 28..." August 19