• Theo Epstein: David Ortiz requested trade from Red Sox in 2003

    Bleacher Report "David Ortiz is a Boston Red Sox legend and a primary reason the franchise broke the storied Curse of the Bambino with World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013, but to hear Theo Epstein tell it, the slugger wanted out in 2003. The Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, who was the Red..." April 24

  • Donaldson nearing rehab assignment

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday third baseman Josh Donaldson feels good and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon. Donaldson has been out since April 11 with right shoulder inflammation. The 32-year-old only played in the field six times in the 12 games he's played..." April 24

  • Royals activate Sal Perez

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals activated catcher Sal Perez from the 10-day disabled list today. He started the year on the shelf after tearing the MCL in his left knee just before Opening Day. They originally said he’d be out 4-6 weeks, but he’s back a bit ahead of schedule following a 9-for-24, two-homer..." April 24

  • Orioles claim Jace Peterson to supplement injury-riddled infield

    Baltimore Sun "With second baseman Jonathan Schoop already on the disabled list and infielder Tim Beckham potentially joining him, the Orioles claimed infielder Jace Peterson – a left-handed hitting utility man -- off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon to provide immediate infield help. He is..." April 24

  • Kershaw doesn't think he can win 300 games

    The Score "Only 24 pitchers in big-league history have been able to crack the 300-win mark. Clayton Kershaw doesn't believe he'll become No. 25. The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander, who is arguably the game's best pitcher, is nearly halfway to 300 career wins (145) in his age-30 season, but that isn't..." April 24

  • Pete Rose's wife claims he's still a high-stakes gambler

    Michigan Live "The case for baseball's all-time hit leader to be reinstated to the game appears to be getting worse with time as Pete Rose's wife claims in new court documents that he continues to be a high-stakes gambler. According to TMZ, documents filed in court recently by Rose's wife Carol state that..." April 24

  • Joe Maddon: Kris Bryant '50-50' on starting tonight against Indians

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the chances of Kris Bryant starting Tuesday night against the Indians are “50-50.” Maddon said on his weekly radio segment on WSCR-AM 670’s “Bernstein and McKnight Show” that Bryant was “fine” but that he wanted to check with the slugger at Progressive Field, where..." April 24

  • Yankees on track to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams projected above threshold

    Newsday "The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was..." April 24

  • Miguel Andujar’s historic start means difficult Drury decision

    New York Post "Miguel Andujar joined Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees under the age of 24 to have an extra-base hit in seven straight games when he homered to lead off the bottom of the second in the Yankees 14-1 win over the Twins Monday night. While no one could have predicted Andujar..." April 24

  • Nationals trade pitcher A.J. Cole to Yankees for cash considerations

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals announced Monday night that they have traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the New York Yankees for cash considerations, officially ending Cole’s second stint with the organization after he was designated for assignment on Friday. A former premier pitching prospect, the..." April 24

  • Yankees' Neil Walker calls recent free-agent experience 'alarming'

    Sporting News "The home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium is a far cry from the IMG Sports Academy. Neil Walker went to IMG in Bradenton, Fla., to participate in the spring training camp for free agents, the first of its kind in more than 20 years. He was there until the Yankees called with an offer, one he was..." April 24

  • John Smoltz, Hall of Fame starter-turned-closer, believes Harvey isn't done just yet despite demotion to bullpen

    New York Daily News "That July night in 2001, John Smoltz had already started 356 games and won 157 of them. The four-time All-Star was as nervous as a rookie when he got ready for his first appearance out of the bullpen. The future Hall of Famer was dealing with learning to pitch after Tommy John surgery, the..." April 24

  • Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

    Hardball Talk "Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a..." April 24

  • Jenny Cavnar becomes MLB's 1st female play-by-play announcer in 25 years

    The Score "Jenny Cavnar took to the broadcast booth Monday for the Colorado Rockies as they hosted the division rival San Diego Padres. In the process, she became the first woman since 1993 to do play-by-play for a major-league television broadcast, according to Jessica Kleinschmidt and Thomas Harding of..." April 24

  • Cleveland Indians reach minor league deal with veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The fans aren't overly excited about the Indians outfield and apparently the front office feels the same way. It's been confirmed that they've reached a minor league deal with veteran switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera, who like many free agents this past winter went unsigned. Cabrera, 33,..." April 24

  • Phillies ink Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

    Sports Talk Philly "Just under two weeks after opting out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, eight-year veteran utility infielder Trevor Plouffe signed a similar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday evening, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Plouffe, 31, is slashing..." April 24

  • Blake Wood, Parker Bridwell added to list of Angels’ injured pitchers

    Orange County Register "The Angels overworked bullpen finally lost someone, and another member of the starter depth chart is now out too. Blake Wood, who had pitched in 13 of the Angels’ first 21 games, was placed on the disabled list on Monday with an elbow impingement. Meanwhile, Parker Bridwell was placed on the..." April 24

  • Jose Bautista will be Braves starting third baseman

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Jose Bautista will be the Braves’ starting third baseman whenever he joins the big league club. The Braves signed Bautista, 37, to a minor league deal April 18 and announced the long-time outfielder as a third baseman, a position he hadn’t regularly manned in a decade. But that’s the..." April 23

  • Patrick Corbin may be the next Yankees ace?

    USA Today "The greatest free-agent class in baseball history just got a whole lot better, and you better believe the New York Yankees are paying close attention. The Yankees, who are getting below the $197 million luxury tax for a reason, know all about the marquee names who will be free agents in..." April 23

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers Could Offer Harper a Massive Short-Term Deal

    12 Up "​This would be insane. The Los Angeles Dodgers came within one win of a World Series last year, falling just short to the Houston Astros in Game 7. However, they have all the talent in the world to get back to the top, and ​could add even more in the future. Bryce Harper is getting ready..." April 23

  • Roenis Elias experiment with Red Sox ends, traded to Seattle

    WEEI Boston "He always represented an intriguing option for the Red Sox. But ultimately Roenis Elias wasn't intriguing enough. The lefty reliever was traded to Seattle Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 29-year-old Elias had come to the Red Sox prior to the 2016..." April 23

  • Yankees' Gleyber Torres makes English a priority of his big-league experience

    Sporting News "As reporters huddled around his locker on Sunday, Gleyber Torres was hesitant to engage. The 21-year-old was fresh off of his long-awaited debut, but it was an 0-for-4 afternoon that featured a strikeout and seven runners left on base in a 5-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays. Torres’ caution had..." April 23

  • White Sox Place Miguel Gonzalez On 10-Day DL, Transfer Danny Farquhar To 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced on Monday that they’ve placed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the 10-day DL and selected the contract of right-hander Chris Beck from Triple-A Charotte. Right-hander Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized over the weekend in a terrifying scene after collapsing in the dugout..." April 23

  • Danny Farquhar to remain in the hospital for three weeks

    Hardball Talk "As you no doubt heard, White Sox pitcher Danny Farquhar was rushed to the hospital with a brain hemorrhage on Friday. He underwent brain surgery Saturday night to relieve swelling and remained in the ICU unit at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago as of yesterday. He’s in critical, but..." April 23

  • Angels' Keynan Middleton keeps making closing statement

    Los Angeles Times "Labels are not important to Mike Scioscia, which is why the manager is reluctant to anoint Keynan Middleton as the Angels' closer even though it's apparent to anyone following the team that the hard-throwing right-hander has seized the ninth-inning role. "Keynan's last couple looks have been in..." April 23

  • Mariners keeping Ichiro due to matchups, clubhouse presence

    The Score "With Ryon Healy nearing a return from injury, the Seattle Mariners needed to make room for him on the major-league roster. To do so, they chose to send outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Triple-A and instead kept veteran Ichiro Suzuki. General manager Jerry Dipoto responded to the negative..." April 23

  • Yankees win with youngest lineup in 48 years

    SNY TV "With the franchise's youngest lineup in 48 years, the Yankees improved to 4-2 on their 10-game homestand with a 5-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday at Yankee Stadium. Luis Severino, 24, struck out six batters in seven strong innings, while 23-year-old Miguel Andujar went 4-for-4 with..." April 23

  • Zack Wheeler misses out on sweet homecoming as Mets may shake up back end of rotation

    New York Daily News "Zack Wheeler grew up just a few miles from here. The Mets righthander now makes his offseason home just down the road. But in two attempts, Wheeler has yet to get an official start at SunTrust Park. The Mets and Braves postponed Sunday’s series finale because of rain. It has been rescheduled as..." April 23

  • Phillies off to historic start at home as Kapler finds winning formula

    Courier-Post "Gabe Kapler doesn't hear the boos anymore when he goes to the mound to remove a pitcher. That's because the Phillies manager and his analytical brand of baseball is having quite a revival after a slow start. But really, the Phillies are following Kapler's blueprint of working walks and..." April 23

  • Dave Roberts trying to get Joc Pederson ‘going a little bit’

    Orange County Register "Dave Roberts is nothing if not optimistic. The Dodgers manager has started his fourth outfielder, Joc Pederson, in three consecutive games despite Pederson dragging a .176 batting average and .535 OPS into Saturday’s game. Roberts has responded similarly each time he has been questioned about..." April 23

  • Brian Dozier extends hitting streak to 23 games

    Hardball Talk "Twins second baseman Brian Dozier hit a one-out single in the third inning of Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rays, extending his hitting streak to 23 games, dating back to last season. As MLB.com’s Joey Johnston notes, Dozier has hit safely in all 16 of the Twins’ games to start the..." April 23

  • Yu Darvish’s meltdowns ‘a concern,’ but Cubs ‘not going to press panic button’

    Chicago Sun-Times "The Cubs aren’t exactly sure about how to solve the curious case of Yu Darvish and his quick-to-unravel fifth innings. But it continued to be a focus of their attention the morning after the big-ticket right-hander’s two-out walk of the Rockies pitcher in the fifth Saturday turned a scoreless,..." April 23

  • Angels confirm Shohei Ohtani will start Tuesday

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels rookie superstar Shohei Ohtani will not have to miss his scheduled start on Tuesday after all, the team announced on Sunday. The blister that caused Ohtani to be pulled early in his last start has healed up enough to allow Ohtani to pitch, which is certainly great news for..." April 23

  • Javier Baez, D.J. LeMahieu have disagreement about sign-stealing

    Hardball Talk "Fellow second basemen Javier Baez of the Cubs and D.J. LeMahieu of the Rockies got into a disagreement in the top of the third inning of Sunday’s game at Coors Field over sign-stealing. LeMahieu reached on a fielder’s choice ground out, then advanced to second base on Charlie Blackmon‘s single...." April 23

  • Gleyber Torres embraced by Yankees fans despite 0-for-4 major-league debut

    New York Daily News "The fans at Yankee Stadium booed louder than they have even for Giancarlo Stanton this month immediately after top prospect Gleyber Torres flied out in the eighth inning on Sunday, the fourth consecutive time he was retired in his highly anticipated major-league debut. The Bronx crowd was not..." April 23

  • Astros' offensive resurgence allows pitchers time to rest

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros' recent offensive renaissance, and the starting rotation's historic start to the season, has afforded manager A.J. Hinch a somewhat perplexing dilemma. His starters are dominant, pitching deep into games without much fatigue and enough left to possibly finish them. Charlie Morton..." April 23

  • 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