• Cardinals Option Aledmys Diaz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals announced that they’ve optioned shortstop Aledmys Diaz to Triple-A Memphis and selected the contract of infielder Alex Mejia in a corresponding roster move. (Jen Langosch of MLB.com first reported the news, on Twitter). The move to option Diaz, who sandwiched a productive month of..." June 28

  • MLB umpire pulls woman from edge of Roberto Clemente Bridge in Pittsburgh

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "As a Major League Baseball umpire, John Tumpane often has to defuse tense situations at the ballpark. None compared to the scene he came upon Wednesday as he walked across the Roberto Clemente Bridge around 3 p.m. on his way back from a run and lunch: A few hundred yards from PNC Park, he saw a..." June 28

  • Albert Almora denies flipping off President Donald Trump during White House visit

    Chicago Sun-Times "During the Cubs visit to the White House on Wednesday, Albert Almora Jr. was photographed next to the president in the Oval Office. At first glance, everything appears normal. But many people on social media, on closer examination, spotted the Cubs outfielder appearing to give President Donald..." June 28

  • Bryce Harper hints he wants to play with Kris Bryant, sign with Cubs?

    Larry Brown Sports "Bryce Harper has heard the rumblings that he wants to sign with the Chicago Cubs when he becomes a free agent following the 2018 season, and he has downplayed them anytime the subject comes up. However, he did nothing to cool the speculation with a social media post on Tuesday. With the Cubs..." June 28

  • Cubs visit with Donald Trump at White House

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs had quite the pregame activity when they met with President Donald Trump at the White House on Wednesday. Several players — including Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Javier Baez — and front-office personnel joined manager Joe Maddon in the informal meeting with Trump in the..." June 28

  • Blue Jays sign Michael Saunders

    Hardball Talk "The Blue Jays have signed outfielder Michael Saunders to a minor-league deal, per a club announcement. Saunders, of course, played for the Blue Jays in 2015 and 2016, putting up a line of .250/.336/.461 in 594 plate appearances. It was his good play in the first half of 2016, in fact, which..." June 28

  • Terry Francona wearing heart monitor in case of another ‘episode’

    Sportsnaut "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the bench to manage the team’s game on Wednesday, but will do so with a heart monitor. It’s been a turbulent month for Cleveland’s manager, who’s dealt with multiple health scares." June 28

  • Mark Melancon headed to disabled list again, Sam Dyson to become Giants closer

    San Jose Mercury News "Giants closer Mark Melancon is going on the disabled list for the second time this season. Melancon, who has been unable to shake the right elbow tendonitis that has dogged him all year, will be examined by Dr. Ken Akizuki and get another MRI exam. Melancon threw one shutout inning in Tuesday..." June 28

  • Miguel Montero after Cubs cut him: ‘People can’t handle the truth’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Miguel Montero on Wednesday said he takes responsibility for ripping pitcher Jake Arrieta after the Nationals ran wild in a victory over the Cubs Tuesday. But after getting designated for assignment by the Cubs he also didn’t back down from what he said Tuesday night. “Sometimes people can’t..." June 28

  • Drew Smyly has a torn UCL, will undergo Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports that Mariners starter Drew Smyly has a torn UCL and will undergo Tommy John surgery. Smyly was diagnosed with a flexor strain in his left elbow at the end of spring training. He had been on the shelf since then, but was throwing bullpen sessions. He was..." June 28

  • Verlander expected to hit trade market in next 2 weeks

    The Score "With the Detroit Tigers sitting near the bottom of the American League standings at 34-42, Justin Verlander's time with the club may soon come to an end. The 34-year-old winner of the 2011 AL MVP and Cy Young is expected to hit the trade market sometime in the next two weeks, according to..." June 28

  • Cubs designate Miguel Montero for assignment after catcher calls out Jake Arrieta

    SI "The Chicago Cubs designated Miguel Montero for assignment Wednesday after the catcher blasted pitcher Jake Arrieta following Tuesday's game against the Nationals, ESPN's Jesse Rogers reports. Montero criticized his starting pitcher on Tuesday after the Nationals stole seven bases in a 6–1..." June 28

  • Anthony Rizzo blasts Miguel Montero for ripping Cubs pitchers

    Chicago Sun-Times "Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo blasted teammate Miguel Montero over the catcher’s comments that blamed pitcher Jake Arrieta for allowing seven stolen bases in a 6-1 loss to the Washington Nationals on Tuesday night. “It really sucked because the stolen bases go to me, and when you really look..." June 28

  • Yankees' Matt Holliday: Hits 10-day DL

    CBS Sports "Holliday (illness) was moved to the 10-day disabled list Wednesday. With Holliday making limited progress from the viral infection he first came down with Sunday, he'll head back to New York to undergo additional testing while the Yankees finish out the road trip without him. Third baseman..." June 28

  • Victor Martinez activated; John Hicks optioned to Triple-A Toledo

    Michigan Live "The Detroit Tigers activated designated hitter Victor Martinez from the disabled list on Wednesday, less than two weeks after he was hospitalized with an irregular heartbeat. To make room for Martinez, the Tigers optioned catcher/first baseman John Hicks to Triple-A Toledo. Hicks played in..." June 28

  • Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman the Pound-for-Pound King of MLB Mound Swag

    Bleacher Report "Hip-hop artist Mike Stud is cruising to the airport, and we are talking sauce. Technically, we are talking music. Hip-hop, rap and his close buddy, Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman. But, sauce. Sauce is the secret ingredient, the "it" factor, the mix that puts a guy over the top. Stud..." June 28

  • Royals put Cuthbert on DL, recall Soler from Omaha

    Fox Sports "A wrist injury to infielder Cheslor Cuthbert has opened the door for outfielder Jorge Soler’s return to Kansas City from Triple-A Omaha. The Royals placed Cuthbert on the 10-day disabled list with a left wrist sprain Wednesday. His roster spot will be filled by Soler, who has been tearing up..." June 28

  • Looks like Yankees promoting 3B Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton

    New York Daily News "It appears the Yankees are promoting Miguel Andujar from Triple-A Scranton. Agency Magnus Media, who rep the prospect, retweeted a message from the 22-year-old third baseman from its verified account. According to a twitter translation, it reads: "Thanking God for making me (realize) another..." June 28

  • Giants to call up Jae-gyun Hwang; Korean star will debut at third base on Wednesday

    San Jose Mercury News "Jae-Gyun Hwang is one of the most recognizable baseball stars in Korea, a six-time All-Star in the KBO with Lotte Giants and he brings new artistry to the act of flipping a bat after a home run. He’ll be a San Francisco Giant in short order. The Giants are purchasing Hwang’s contract and..." June 28

  • Michael Conforto still not allowed to swing a bat

    New York Post "Michael Conforto’s left hand was still a concern for the Mets on Tuesday. The outfielder was scheduled for an examination by a doctor before the Mets’ 6-3 loss at Marlins Park because of residual soreness in the hand, after he was drilled on Sunday in San Francisco. “It’s just bruised and I..." June 28

  • Mike Trout progressing towards return before All-Star break

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout continues to make progress in his rehab from thumb surgery. Trout joined the Angels for their current road trip, which sees the team playing up the road from Anaheim against the Dodgers. Trout has been doing some hitting drills, such as hitting off a tee. According to the LA Times’..." June 28

  • Matt Harvey gets cozy with ‘Hills’ alum Lo Bosworth

    Page Six "Looks like Matt Harvey is over Adriana Lima. The injured Mets pitcher was spotted getting cozy with former “Laguna Beach” and “The Hills” star Lo Bosworth in the Hamptons this weekend. Harvey — who is out with a stress injury to the scapula bone — spent Sunday evening bar-hopping, starting..." June 28

  • Do Yankees have a full-blown bullpen crisis?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Here’s how bad things have gotten for the Yankees’ bullpen. Not only did Yankees manager Joe Girardi have to rely on his least reliable pitcher in what was the game’s biggest spot at the time, but after Tyler Clippard issued a pair of walks — including one with the bases loaded — Girardi said..." June 28

  • Yasiel Puig's Suspension Rescinded by MLB, Will Make Charitable Donation Instead

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig will not serve a suspension after all. According to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com, his one-game ban was rescinded Tuesday, and Puig will instead make a charitable donation. Puig was initially suspended for making an obscene gesture toward Cleveland..." June 28

  • Miguel Montero blames Jake Arrieta for Nationals' seven stolen bases

    Sporting News "The Cubs allowed a Nationals record seven stolen bases in Tuesday's 6-1 loss. While the catcher usually gets stuck with the blame, Miguel Montero pointed his finger in another direction. Montero, filling in for starting catcher Willson Contreras, blamed starting pitcher Jake Arrieta for..." June 28

  • Cubs' Joe Maddon visiting White House 'out of respect to the office'

    ESPN "Although they made their official White House visit for winning the World Series back in January, the Chicago Cubs will make another informal trip Wednesday because team ownership has ties with the current administration. Manager Joe Maddon tried to steer clear of any controversy regarding the..." June 28

  • Former Yankees Mariano Rivera, Jorge Posada support Derek Jeter’s ‘dream’ to own MLB team

    New York Daily News "On the day their former Yankees teammate and Core Four member Derek Jeter celebrated his 43rd birthday, Mariano Rivera and Jorge Posada said they both hope one birthday present the retired Bombers captain receives is the ownership keys to the Marlins. “(Jeter) has always said he wants to do..." June 28

  • Braves could trade for starter, Archer and Quintana top wish list

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves are again interested in trading for a top-of-the-rotation caliber starting pitcher and have circled back to a couple of their targets from last winter: the Rays’ Chris Archer and White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana. They also had scouts at Oakland’s Sonny Gray’s start Sunday. But the..." June 27

  • Report: Yankees Charity Is Being Shady About Where Its Money Goes

    Deadspin "The New York Times put out a lengthy report today detailing the past 10 years of the “New Yankee Stadium Community Benefits Fund,” a charity the team created after they caught heat for taking public park land to build its new coliseum in the South Bronx. Essentially, after the Yankees vowed to..." June 27

  • Blue Jays designate Grilli for assignment

    Toronto Star "Veteran righthander Jason Grilli was designated for assignment by the Blue Jays on Tuesday, with righthander Chris Smith recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place. In addition, outfielder Ezequiel Carrera was activated from the DL and outfielder Dwight Smith, Jr. was optioned to the..." June 27

  • Terry Francona will not manage Tuesday night's game vs. Texas

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Indians manager Terry Francona will not be in the dugout on Tuesday night against Texas at Progressive Field. A statement from the team said Francona was evaluated by doctors at Cleveland Clinic on Monday night and Tuesday morning. The tests have ruled out any major health concerns, but..." June 27

  • John Farrell suspended 1 game following actions after being ejected Saturday night

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox will be without manager John Farrell Tuesday night against the Twins. Major League Baseball announced Farrell has received a one-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for his actions during an argument with umpire Bill Miller in the top of the seventh inning of Saturday's game..." June 27

  • Brewers Designate Nick Franklin, Activate Braun & Villar

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers have announced that utilityman Nick Franklin has been designated for assignment. Veterans Ryan Braun and Jonathan Villar, meanwhile, were both activated from their DL stints. Franklin, 26, has not performed well for Milwaukee after coming over from the Rays in a waiver claim right..." June 27

  • The Yankees’ possible savior won’t come cheap in trade

    New York Post "The Yankees took on the 2017 version of the 2016 Yankees Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field (worst stadium name ever). These Yankees, naturally, are hoping they wind up as this year’s version of the 2016 Cubs. Or even the 2016 Indians, not that they would ever admit that. The key could be..." June 27

  • Injured Matt Harvey tips back tequila in the Hamptons

    Page Six "Matt Harvey is still enjoying his time off. The Mets pitcher, who will be out several weeks with a stress injury to the scapula bone, was spotted in the Hamptons this past weekend with locals buzzing that he and a group of his bros rented an estate on Beach Plum Drive in Montauk. Harvey and..." June 27

  • See you in September? The latest on Tim Tebow ... and his possible Citi Field debut

    ESPN "The New York Mets promoted Tim Tebow to their St. Lucie affiliate in the Class A Florida State League on Sunday despite his underwhelming statistics in his first professional stop. He is expected to make his debut with the team Tuesday night. Here’s a primer on what comes next for the former..." June 27

  • Giants expected to be sellers at trade deadline

    MLB.com "The Giants have the second-worst record in the Major Leagues, along with the National League's second-oldest group of position players, according to Baseball-Reference.com's weighted calculation. That's a discouraging combination. Industry sources believe San Francisco general manager Bobby..." June 27

  • The Mets’ promotion of Tim Tebow is a disgrace

    wtop.com "Not much has gone right for the New York Mets this year. They’ve been beset by injuries, all but dooming their season before it ever really had a chance to begin. Thought to be the Washington Nationals’ top competition in the NL East, they’re mired in fourth place, seven games under .500 and..." June 27

  • Recently released Francisco Rodriguez agrees to deal with Nats

    ESPN "The Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract with right-handed pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, according to ESPN's Buster Olney and multiple reports. Rodriguez was released last week by the Detroit Tigers. He will report to the Nationals' minor league facility in West Palm..." June 27

  • Chicago Cubs, Joe Maddon might make return visit to White House

    USA Today "The defending World Series champion Chicago Cubs, who visited the White House in January under the Obama administration, “might go over there again," manager Joe Maddon said on Monday. The Cubs are in Washington for a four-game showdown against the first-place Nationals, winning 5-4 on..." June 27

  • Twins prospect and 2017 No. 1 pick went deep in first professional at-bat

    CBS Sports "The best month of Royce Lewis' life just keeps getting better. Earlier this month, the Minnesota Twins selected Lewis out of a California high school with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2017 amateur draft. They later paid him a $6.725 million bonus, the largest bonus ever given to a high school..." June 27

  • Jae-gyun Hwang Likely To Opt Out Of Giants Deal If Not Promoted

    MLB Trade Rumors "Third baseman Jae-gyun Hwang suggested in an interview with Korean media that he expects to opt out of his contract with the Giants if he is not added to the major league roster in the coming days (via Jee-ho Yoo of Yonhap News Agency). Hwang’s deal allows him to force the team to promote or..." June 27

  • Kyle Schwarber addresses demotion: 'Numbers spoke for themselves'

    ESPN "Slumping slugger Kyle Schwarber said Monday that he's not surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying "the numbers spoke for themselves." Schwarber's October return following a knee injury helped fuel Chicago's first World Series title in 108 years, but he was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on..." June 27

  • Former Chiefs cornerback gets first pro baseball hit

    Pro Football Talk "Tim Tebow isn’t the only former NFL player giving baseball a shot this summer. Former Chiefs cornerback Sanders Commings, whose football career ended because of injuries, is playing in the Braves farm system. And last night, playing for the Danville Braves, he got his first two professional..." June 27

  • Terry Francona once again leaves a game due to illness

    Hardball Talk "For the second time in two weeks, Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona left a game when he wasn’t feeling well. Last night he left Cleveland’s 15-9 win over the Texas Rangers sometime before the fourth inning. He was evaluated by the medical staff and was said to be fine, but he did not..." June 27

  • Cubs, Blue Jays among teams scouting Athletics' Gray

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays were among several teams to scout the latest start of Oakland Athletics right-hander Sonny Gray, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser reports that the Chicago Cubs, Seattle Mariners, Atlanta Braves and Boston Red Sox also sent executives and..." June 27

  • Former MLB player's son now on life support after being hit in face by baseball

    USA Today High School Sports "The son of former Atlanta Braves infielder Keith Lockhart is on life support after getting hit in the face by a baseball last Saturday. Lockhart’s son, Jason, is 15 years old. Jason’s sister, Sydney, has been posting updates on her public Facebook page and has confirmed the updates with..." June 27

  • Phillies' Herrera fined by manager for latest baserunning gaffe

    CSN Philly "Early Sunday morning, Odubel Herrera was summoned into manager Pete Mackanin's office for a chat. It wasn't the first time it has happened this season. But it was the first time this happened: Mackanin, according to sources, fined Herrera an undisclosed amount of money stemming from an..." June 27

  • Melancon slams report suggesting tension with Giants' teammates

    San Francisco Chronicle "Mark Melancon said he was in on moving back the bullpen’s 3:30 p.m. stretch time, explaining that a later stretch gives relievers more time to receive treatment, work in the weight room and eat before taking the field. The Giants’ closer was reacting to a Fox Sports report that he “rubbed some..." June 27

  • Rockies Acquire Zac Rosscup From Cubs For Matt Carasiti

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rockies and Cubs have announced a swap of pitchers, with the Rockies adding the southpaw Zac Rosscup out of DFA limb. Heading to Chicago in return is right-hander Matt Carasiti. The 29-year-old Rosscup will provide Colorado with a potential lefty specialist. Over his career, he has..." June 27

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