• Nationals plan to activate Bryce Harper Monday after missing last 40 games

    Washington Post "Barring a setback, or some other unforeseen change, the Nationals will activate Bryce Harper Monday in Philadelphia, according to people familiar with the situation. Harper has been out since Aug. 13 with a bone bruise in his left knee and a left calf strain, injuries that felt like a decent..." September 24

  • Farrell: Red Sox 'would fully support' player's decision to protest

    Mass Live "Red Sox manager John Farrell is well aware of President Donald Trump's view of how professional athletes should be "fired" if they choose not to stand for the national anthem. He said he has followed what is going on with the president and the protests in the NFL and NBA closely. Oakland..." September 24

  • Bronson Arroyo retires from baseball

    Hardball Talk "Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Reds’ right-hander Bronson Arroyo has decided to officially retire from Major League Baseball. At this point, the announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. The 40-year-old starter was placed on the Reds’ 60-day disabled list after sustaining a..." September 24

  • Maddon clarifies view on athlete protests: Everyone has 'right to express themselves'

    Chicago Tribune "Joe Maddon clarified a statement he made Saturday about the controversy pitting President Trump against protesting athletes, saying he was unaware of Trump’s reference to NFL players as "S.O.B.’s." “I had no idea what he said,” Maddon said Sunday before the Cubs-Brewers game at Miller Park. “I..." September 24

  • Athletics' Bruce Maxwell first MLB player to kneel during national anthem

    ESPN "Oakland Athletics rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to kneel during the national anthem when he did so before Saturday night's 1-0 home victory against the Texas Rangers. Maxwell, 26, dropped to a knee and pressed his cap against his chest just outside..." September 24

  • Sabathia would 'never' visit Trump in the White House if Yankees win WS

    New York Daily News "If the Yankees wind up winning the championship this season, CC Sabathia won’t be visiting President Donald Trump in the White House. “Never,” Sabathia told the Daily News before the Bombers had a chance to clinch a playoff berth with a win on Saturday against the Blue Jays at Rogers..." September 23

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge breaks MLB record in first inning Saturday

    Newark Star-Ledger "Hot or cold at the plate, Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge does a lot of striking out. A whole lot. His first-inning strikeout in Saturday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays ran his 2017 total to an even 200, which is a new Major League record for rookies. Kris Bryant of the Chicago..." September 23

  • MLB to donate $1M for P.R., Mexico relief

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced Saturday it will donate $1 million to aid communities affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the earthquake in Mexico. The league's contributions are being sent to immediate relief efforts and long-term rebuilding endeavors through Habitat for..." September 23

  • Braves sign Suzuki to 1-year extension

    Fanrag Sports "Due to be a free agent at the end of the 2017 season, catcher Kurt Suzuki has agreed to a one-year extension with the Atlanta Braves, sources confirmed to FanRag Sports. News of his extension, which will be worth $3.5 million, was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Suzuki has..." September 23

  • Padres, Dodgers might play series in Mexico next season

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In 1996, the Padres and the New York Mets traveled to Monterrey, Mexico, to play Major League Baseball’s first regular-season series outside the United States or Canada. The Padres went back in 1999, hosting the Colorado Rockies in the first regular-season opener south of the border. Next May,..." September 23

  • A's deal with another down year but have ingredients for solid lineup, intrigue in 2018

    CBS Sports "On Friday night, the Oakland Athletics were eliminated from playoff contention, stretching their postseason drought to three seasons. The main difference between the A's and other teams is they seldom "rebuild" in the conventional sense. Usually, Oakland puts effort into being a mediocre squad..." September 23

  • Rob Manfred says Portland could get MLB expansion team

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball may be expanding out to the state of Oregon. During a news conference earlier this week, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about the possibility of the league expanding to 32 teams. “I think it’s important to get [the] Oakland and Tampa [stadium situations] resolved..." September 23

  • Carlos Beltran donates $1M for Hurricane Maria relief efforts in Puerto Rico

    Sporting News "Astros star Carlos Beltran has donated $1 million to victims of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, but a number of other pro athletes have also stepped forward with aid in the wake of the storm. The Category 4 hurricane caused catastrophic damage last week to the Caribbean island and U.S...." September 23

  • Jeter fires McKeon, Conine, Dawson, Perez from Marlins jobs

    Miami Herald "Derek Jeter doesn’t even own the Marlins yet, but he already has informed the team that he plans to fire two special assistants who are in Baseball’s Hall of Fame (Andre Dawson and Tony Perez), the manager who led them to the 2003 World Series championship (Jack McKeon) and the player known as Mr...." September 23

  • Six candidates to replace Brad Ausmus as Detroit Tigers manager

    Sporting News "Brad Ausmus is out as the manager of Detroit’s baseball club, and the only mild surprises about that announcement are that the Tigers didn’t wait until the end of the season to officially make the move, and that Ausmus will finish out the season as the skipper. About 15 seconds after digesting..." September 23

  • Yost committed to Royals in 2018: 'I'm not walking away'

    MLB.com "As the Royals face the prospect of losing several of their core players to free agency this offseason, there's one spot they won't need to replace: Their manager. Royals manager Ned Yost, who has one year left on his contract after 2017, said he definitely plans on returning for '18. "I'm..." September 23

  • Bryce Harper runs bases ahead of possible return

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper continues to take significant steps toward a return to action. On Friday, Harper was spotted at Citi Field in New York running the bases and shagging fly balls, with an evaluation by the team pending." September 22

  • Noah Syndergaard to pitch 1 inning Saturday

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Mets have scheduled right-handed starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard to throw one inning of work against the arch rival Washington Nationals on Saturday, according to the National League East ball club. With “Thor” slated to toss just one inning, fellow right-hander Matt Harvey will..." September 22

  • Brad Ausmus Ousted As Detroit Tigers Manager

    CBS Detroit "The Detroit Tigers ousted manager Brad Ausmus Friday afternoon in a move that, like most things, happened slowly — and then suddenly. The news started as a hint on Twitter when an assignment editor at a local television station said the team had invited media down for an impromptu presser. The..." September 22

  • Lance McCullers to start for Astros on Sunday night

    Houston Chronicle "Lance McCullers Jr. will start for the Astros in their Sunday night game against the Angels, the first of two outings he will get to prove his health ahead of the playoffs. McCullers, who after pitching Sunday would then be in line to face the Boston Red Sox next weekend, hasn't pitched since..." September 22

  • Robinson Cano hit his 300th home run last night

    Hardball Talk "Last night Robinson Cano hit a solo homer in the ninth inning of the Mariners’ loss to the Texas Rangers. It was his 22nd on the season. Though it was insignificant to the outcome of that game, it was significant to Cano: it was his 300th career homer. While we’ve become accustomed to not..." September 22

  • Girl hit by Yankees’ foul ball has ‘long’ recovery ahead: relative

    New York Post "The little girl who was hit in the head by a foul ball at Yankee Stadium remains in the hospital two days after the freak accident — but her recovery could take much longer, a relative said Friday. “She’s stable. It’s going to be a long process,” said the family member, who didn’t give his..." September 22

  • Reds Sign Tucker Barnhart To Four-Year Extension

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced on Friday morning that they’ve signed catcher Tucker Barnhart to a four-year contract extension that will keep him around through at least the 2021 season. Barnhart’s new contract also contains a club option for the 2022 season. Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer..." September 22

  • Orioles of course want to keep Machado, but may have underwhelmed him with offer

    CBS Sports "Orioles star third baseman Manny Machado has surged in the second half and reestablished himself as one of the most coveted young players in the game. He's still just 25, owns a career OPS+ of 117, recently notched his third straight 30-homer season and is an elite defender at the hot corner. He's..." September 22

  • Mets expect Terry Collins to retire at end of 2017 season

    New York Daily News "Terry Collins and the Mets return to Citi Field Friday night to begin the final homestand of the 2017 season with an uncertain future. After seven seasons at the helm, the Mets manager’s contract expires after this season and there have been no talks to extend his tenure. Team sources said..." September 22

  • Yankees' CC Sabathia: 'I'll be fine' at boozy playoff celebration

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees starting pitcher CC Sabathia, who's battled alcoholism, said he won't back out of the team's booze-drenched clubhouse bash if -- and more likely when -- they clinch a playoff spot. "I'll be fine," Sabathia said after the Yankees' win over the Twins at Yankee Stadium on..." September 22

  • No neck pain leaves Zimmermann with dash of optimism

    Detroit News "All he and the Tigers can do is hope. They hope those neck demons flee during the coming offseason. They hope he can heal, fully, ahead of February and the start of spring camp. They hope, most of all, that a man only 31 years old, with a sterling past and three years to go on his Tigers..." September 22

  • Zach Britton receives stem cell injection, likely done for the season

    Hardball Talk "Orioles closer Zach Britton is likely done for the remainder of the 2017 season after receiving a stem cell injection in his left knee, Peter Schmuck and Jon Meoli of the Baltimore Sun report. Britton has been battling knee problems for most of the season. The Orioles are still technically in..." September 22

  • Braves knuckleballer R.A. Dickey hints at retirement after beating Nationals

    CBS Sports "Thursday night, veteran knuckleballer R.A. Dickey twirled a gem against the Nationals, holding them to two runs in eight innings. The Braves held on to win the series finale against Washington (ATL 3, WAS 2). The win improved Dickey to 10-10 with a 4.32 ERA in 183 1/3 innings this season. And,..." September 22

  • Orioles Looking To Add Two Starters In Offseason

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yesterday, FanRag’s Jon Heyman wrote that the Orioles have “no intention” of shopping Manny Machado with just a year on his contract before free agency and a potential record-setting deal, and today MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reports that Baltimore is aiming to add two starting pitchers from outside the..." September 22

  • Report: Alderson Expected To Return To Mets, But Collins’ May Retire

    CBS New York "Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is reportedly expected to return next season. As for manager Terry Collins’ future? That remains murky. Kristie Ackert of the Daily News reported Thursday that multiple sources told her Alderson, 69, whose contract expires after this season, will be back..." September 21

  • Yankees intend to get under luxury tax threshold for 2018

    Fanrag Sports "The New York Yankees have every intention to get below the luxury tax threshold for the 2018 season, which rises to $197 million next year, people familiar with their thinking say. New York has significant money coming off the books after the year, with CC Sabathia ($25 million salary in 2017)..." September 21

  • Reds will extend safety netting for 2018 following latest ballpark injury

    WCPO Cincinnati "The Reds have announced plans to extend safety netting to the end of the dugouts for the 2018 season following the gruesome injury to a child at Yankee Stadium this week. Thursday's announcement came after a 4-year-old girl was hit in the face by a foul line-drive hit by former Red Todd..." September 21

  • Orioles have no intention of shopping Manny Machado

    Fanrag Sports "The Baltimore Orioles have no intention to shop Manny Machado, though they haven’t yet decided whether they will make a second big attempt to lock him up long-term. Owner Peter Angelos has not yet made the commitment to extend an offer to Machado, which would presumably have to be for at least..." September 21

  • Pat Neshek vs. Zack Greinke autograph feud: Diamondbacks fans come to Greinke's defense

    USA Today "Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke hasn't said anything about Colorado reliever Pat Neshek's autograph claims. But Arizona Diamondback fans have come to his defense, flooding social media after the Rockies pitcher called out Greinke on Tuesday for refusing to sign some baseball cards for..." September 21

  • Major League Baseball claims it will “redouble its efforts” on expanded netting

    Hardball Talk "Yesterday, during the Minnesota Twins-New York Yankees game at Yankee Stadium, a young girl was injured after a foul ball flew off the bat of Todd Frazier and into the stands along the third base line where she was sitting. In some parks that ball would be stopped because of netting down the..." September 21

  • Raul Mondesi sentenced to eight years in prison in Dominican Republic

    USA Today "Former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi was sentenced to eight years in prison and fined about $1.2 million for mishandling funds as a mayor of his hometown in the Dominican Republic, according to multiple reports. Mondesi, whose son plays for the Kansas City Royals, had been on house..." September 21

  • Blue Jays Still Looking To Add Starters This Winter

    Real GM Baseball "The Toronto Blue Jays have locked up Marco Estrada for next season, but they still plan to pursue starters this winter. Ross Atkins says the club wants to have eight or nine starters capable of starting at the Major League level. The Blue Jays will have more than $100 million committed to..." September 21

  • All over but the buyout for Miley, Orioles

    Baltimore Baseball "I’m not sure how much of a decision this is anymore. You have to think about halfway through this season that every power-that-is in the Orioles’ organization – and there are plenty of them – reached the consensus that lefty Wade Miley’s 2018 option won’t be picked up. But I heard the..." September 21

  • Here's what the Rangers' new ballpark will look like inside and out

    CBS Sports "Although Globe Life Park in Arlington isn't even 25 years old, the Rangers have plans to move into a new state-of-the-art baseball-only facility. It's going to be called Globe Life Field, and the groundbreaking is set for next week. So what will an estimated cost of more than $1 billion get..." September 21

  • Yoenis Cespedes plans to run more, lift less this offseason

    Hardball Talk "Yoenis Cespedes plans to be in The Best Shape of His Life next season. He didn’t really say that, but this article in the New York Post features Cespedes doing more or less what those Best Shape of His Life stories are aimed at doing: changing perceptions and/or trying to take the heat off of a..." September 21

  • Could Franklin Barreto get a look in center field for A's?

    CSN Bay Area "Don’t count out top prospect Franklin Barreto as a possibility for the A’s in center field. It’s long been speculated that the middle infielder might eventually get a look in center, and the idea has at least been discussed in team circles. It’s tied partially to whether the A’s exercise their..." September 21

  • Where have you gone, Tim Lincecum? In search of beloved Giants ace

    San Jose Mercury News "Tim Lincecum’s last known address is tucked behind a partial fence, just off a sloped dead-end street near the shores of Lake Washington. Getting to the front door of the barn-red building requires crossing a short bridge. It feels like walking the plank. This is where I rang the doorbell..." September 21

  • Todd Frazier, Yankees embracing thumbs down symbol

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees have adopted a new rallying cry for the stretch run of the regular season, and to say it came from an unexpected source would be an understatement. During the Yankees’ Sept. 11 game against the Tampa Bay Rays, which was played at Citi Field due to scheduling changes caused..." September 21

  • Giants GM Bobby Evans, asst. GM Jeremy Shelley in Japan to scout Shohei Otani

    San Francisco Chronicle "General manager Bobby Evans and assistant GM Jeremy Shelley are in Japan to scout Shohei Otani, the pitcher and outfielder who probably will be courted by every major-league team when he is posted by the Nippon Ham Fighters. Otani, 23, is ready to come to the majors even though he cannot get a..." September 21

  • Here is why Royals reliever Peter Moylan would like to return to Royals in 2018

    Kansas City Star "Peter Moylan is a 38-year-old reliever who forged a baseball career after working manual labor and sales jobs in his native Australia. He is a pitcher who has endured two Tommy John surgeries on his right elbow, a torn rotator cuff and labrum in his shoulder and a procedure for a bulging disc in..." September 21

  • Twins fire international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins have fired international scouting coordinator Howard Norsetter, according to two sources with knowledge of the decision. It’s the latest in a series of moves as Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey and General Manager Thad Levine continue to makeover the organization. Norsetter, who..." September 21

  • Young girl injured by Yankee Stadium foul ball 'doing alright,' father says

    Sporting News "The 2-year-old girl struck in the face by a foul ball during Wednesday's Yankees-Twins game at Yankee stadium was hospitalized overnight for observation but is expected to be OK, WABC-TV reported Thursday morning. "She's doing alright, just keep her in your thoughts," the victim's father told..." September 21

  • Sandy Alderson Suggests Mets Will Likely Retain Matt Harvey For 2018

    MLB Trade Rumors "Despite the increasingly worrying health issues and pitching struggles of former Mets ace Matt Harvey, the club isn’t ready to give up on his talent. As GM Sandy Alderson tells Mike Puma of the New York Post, “it’s high unlikely that we’re not going to bring [Harvey] back next year.” Harvey is..." September 21

  • Red Sox clinch postseason berth for second successive season

    CBS Sports "This is something we've pretty well assumed for much of the season and have known for at least the past several weeks, but it became officially official late Wednesday on the West Coast: The Boston Red Sox will take part in the 2017 MLB postseason. We still don't know for certain if we'll see them..." September 21

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