• Sandy Alderson: Syndergaard's call to skip MRI on arm

    ESPN "New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday that it was unusual for a player to refuse an MRI, as Noah Syndergaard did Friday, but noted "I can't strap him down and throw him in the tube." Syndergaard is scheduled to start Sunday after being pulled from his start Thursday with..." April 29

  • MLB Great Tim Hudson 'My Son Isn't Allowed To Pitch ... My Wife Won't Let Him'

    TMZ "Hope ex-MLB pitcher Tim Hudson doesn't have dreams of watching his son strike out major leaguers like he used to, cause his wife made it clear to TMZ Sports, SHE AIN'T HAVING IT. Tim and the fam were out at The Ivy when we asked the brood if there were any future baseball players in the bunch..." April 29

  • Madison Bumgarner's shoulder injury likely to keep him out until after the All-Star break

    CBS Sports "When Giants ace Madison Bumgarner first injured his throwing shoulder in a dirt bike accident earlier this week, the team expected him to be out six to eight weeks. Bumgarner and the Giants got worse news Friday. As MLB.com's Chris Haft writes, Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a Grade 2..." April 29

  • Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Seattle Mariners are going to turn things around in the early going this season, they’ll have to do it without two of their top players. The Mariners announced on Friday that pitcher Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger are expected to miss 3-4 weeks with injuries. Haniger was..." April 29

  • Yu Darvish, pitching ace, saver of dogs

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish, pitching ace, Japanese icon and dog saver. After seeing a tweet Thursday night about a female blue pit bull named Sage a day from heading to the pound, Darvish adopted her. He now has six dogs, including one he adopted in 2014 when teammate Tanner Scheppers found a stray. “She’s..." April 29

  • Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook. Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016,..." April 29

  • Aaron Judge breaks record with home run speed

    Yardbarker "Aaron Judge isn’t just an ordinary power hitter. He is a slugger in a body-builder’s body, much like Giancarlo Stanton. And the data supports that. Judge smacked two home runs for the New York Yankees on Friday night against the Orioles. The first was a solo shot. The second was an absolute..." April 29

  • Adam Eaton carried off field with apparent ankle injury

    Sporting News "Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field during Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mets with an apparent ankle injury. Eaton beat out a ball in the ninth inning for an infield single, but he immediately went down in a heap clutching his leg. He was unable to walk off the field under his..." April 29

  • Albert Pujols becomes all-time RBI leader among players born outside U.S.

    MLB.com "Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Friday night. The Angels have now won five straight, while the Rangers have lost three of four. The home run, coming off Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress..." April 29

  • Epstein told Rizzo he would reacquire him after dealing him from Red Sox

    Boston Globe "The list of Cubs players and officials with ties to the Red Sox is long, creating an atmosphere and a sort of reunion when the reigning champions spend the next three games in Boston. Theo Epstein and Jon Lester, in many ways, are the headliners of the reunion tour, but many, many others who were..." April 28

  • Blue Jays DFA struggling Saltalamacchia

    MLB.com "Jarrod Saltalamacchia's brief tenure with the Blue Jays has come to an end after the veteran catcher was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon. Luke Maile was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take over Saltalamacchia's role as Toronto's primary backup to Russell Martin. The..." April 28

  • Must-read: A profile on former Rays prospect Brandon Martin, currently in jail for alleged murders of three men

    Los Angeles Times "Paul Gamache saw the first body when the Corona police sergeant stepped into the two-story house with pink and yellow flowers decorating the front porch and views of the Santa Ana Mountains. So much blood coated the man sprawled on the carpet and tile in the living room that the officer..." April 28

  • Struggling Francisco Rodriguez’s job seems to be secure

    Detroit Free Press "Francisco Rodriguez wasn't the reason the Detroit Tigers lost to the Mariners on Thursday. That, as manager Brad Ausmus fact-checked a reporter, fell on the flat offense. But the veteran closer again couldn't get the job done in the ninth inning, taking the loss and looking no different than he..." April 28

  • MLB remains only major pro sport in USA where players are shamed for playing better

    CBS Sports "Brewers slugger Eric Thames is off to a ridiculous start in his return from three stellar seasons in Korea. Heading into Thursday, Thames is hitting .370/.489/.904 with 11 homers, 19 RBI and 27 runs. He leads the majors in runs, home runs, slugging and OPS. Given that Thames was a career..." April 28

  • Pedro: I would've drilled Machado, if I were pitching

    Boston Herald "Pedro Martinez would have drilled Manny Machado. He just would have approached it differently than Matt Barnes did last weekend when his throw went behind Machado's head in the fallout of the spiking that injured Dustin Pedroia. "I would react the same way except I would try to keep the ball..." April 28

  • Jeter, Bush trying to raise nearly $1 billion in cash for Marlins

    Fox Business "There are nearly one billion reasons why the Jeter-Bush team may not win the Miami Marlins after-all. Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush face the herculean task of having to raise nearly $1 billion in cash from outside investors if they want to complete their planned purchase of the Miami Marlins, a..." April 28

  • Tagg Romney-Tom Glavine group still alive for Marlins ownership

    CBS Sports "At some point in 2017 (or maybe 2018, but hopefully the process doesn't drag on that long), the Marlins will be sold from the ownership of Jeffrey Loria. Several days ago, reports indicated that the group headed up by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and future MLB Hall of Famer and former Yankees..." April 28

  • Padres' Bethancourt ends hybrid experiment, to pitch full time in minors

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In a phone call with General Manager A.J. Preller on Wednesday, Christian Bethancourt communicated a desire to keep going. The Padres’ attempt at making him into a reliever-catcher-outfielder hybrid had fizzled at the major league level. Now, he will continue his development on the mound with..." April 28

  • Adrian Beltre may not return to the Rangers until June

    Hardball Talk "Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is nursing a calf injury, an issue that plagued him starting early in spring training. At first, the hope was that he’d be ready by the regular season, then at some point in April, then at some point in May. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, however, even a..." April 28

  • Xander Bogaerts admits the struggling Red Sox offense misses David Ortiz

    Fox Sports "The Boston Red Sox have a problem: They can’t score. In their past five losses – including back-to-back setbacks at Fenway Park to the New York Yankees – the Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer. They’ve been shut out three times in their past seven games, and they rank 24th in the majors in..." April 28

  • Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller has torn UCL and is facing Tommy John surgery

    CBS Sports "At 14-9, the Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a far better than expected start to the season. Alas, the D-Backs received some bad news on Thursday. Right-handed starter Shelby Miller, who left his most recent start with what was described as a strained forearm, has officially been diagnosed with..." April 28

  • Matt Harvey barely received any notice about surprise start

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Harvey made a surprise start off for the New York Mets on Thursday — one that even caught him off guard. Harvey allowed six runs over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Braves, as he surrendered five hits and five walks. He did not look like himself, and that could be attributed to the lack of..." April 28

  • Didi Gregorius to make season debut for Yankees on Friday against Orioles, Gary Sanchez nearing return

    New York Daily News "Didi Gregorius will return to the Yankees and make his season debut Friday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The 27-year-old shortstop has been out with a right shoulder strain. Gregorius has yet to play for the Bombers this season after getting hurt while playing for the Netherlands in..." April 28

  • Potential No. 1 pick Hunter Greene won't pitch again before MLB draft

    Baseball America "Hunter Greene, the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class, confirmed in a telephone interview that he is officially done pitching for the high school season. Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) head coach Tom Dill informed the team after today’s practice that Greene will not pitch again this..." April 27

  • Red Sox minor league pitcher critically injured in car crash

    WEEI Boston "According to FOX4, Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers just before midnight. A Dodge car was headed eastbound on Lee Boulevard when the driver veered off the road to the right, then veered left and crossed the median...." April 27

  • Brandon Phillips has hilarious quote about avoiding disabled list

    Larry Brown Sports "He may be a 35-year-old playing on one of the worst teams in baseball, but Brandon Phillips hasn’t lost his sense of humor. On Thursday morning, the Atlanta Braves second baseman, who is currently battling a groin strain, dropped a funny quote about avoiding the disabled list. “I’m not going..." April 27

  • Mets' April gets worse as Syndergaard has a 'tired arm,' scratched from start

    CBS Sports "Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was slated to start in day action Thursday against the Braves. Instead, it'll be Matt Harvey, as Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" right now, according to Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. While there's never a good time to lose a player the caliber..." April 27

  • Jeffrey Loria once tried to trade for Derek Jeter

    Newsday "Derek Jeter was on the radar of Jeffrey Loria long before the Miami Marlins’ owner agreed in principle Tuesday to sell his team for $1.3 billion to a group that includes the retired Yankees captain and former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. The sale is subject..." April 27

  • Cleveland Indians fans want Browns to draft Myles Garrett No. 1; after that, it's complicated

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "As far as Cleveland Indians fans are concerned, the choice for the Browns with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is obvious: Take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. After that, it's a toss up. Prior to Wednesday's Indians vs. Houston Astros game at Progressive Field, we asked Tribe fans..." April 27

  • Clay Buchholz apologized to the Phillies for getting injured

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that starter Clay Buchholz is at Citizens Bank Park for Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins. The right-hander recently underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass. The timetable for his recovery is three to five months, but most are..." April 27

  • Cody Bellinger call-up shows why the Dodgers are one of baseball’s best organizations

    The Comeback "The Los Angeles Dodgers were going to be interesting no matter what in 2017. Winners of the National League West each of the last four years, the question coming into the season was (and still is) whether or not the team can finally break through and win at World Series. Things got more..." April 27

  • Red Sox’ Matt Barnes drops appeal of 4-game suspension for throwing behind Manny Machadao

    CSN New England "Matt Barnes dropped the appeal on his four-game suspension for throwing a pitch near Manny Machado’s head on Sunday, so the Red Sox will be without him through Saturday. The suspension hurts because the Sox cannot replace Barnes on the roster, shortening their bullpen for some big games. They..." April 27

  • Shelby Miller to see Dr. James Andrews about elbow injury; may need Tommy John surgery

    Arizona Sports "There’s no news, at least nothing definitive regarding the status of injured Arizona Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller, who was placed on the disabled list Monday with right elbow inflammation. He and the D-backs continue to gather information. Renowned orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews..." April 27

  • Brewers' Eric Thames: Removed in eighth inning with apparent injury

    CBS Sports "Thames was pulled from Wednesday's game against the Reds in the top of the eighth inning with an apparent injury, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Thames didn't look to be in any major pain when he met with a team trainer on the field, but he was spotted stretching his..." April 27

  • Tebow finding his groove at the plate

    MLB.com "Tim Tebow is catching fire once again. The Columbia Fireflies outfielder went 3-for-4 with his first career triple on Wednesday afternoon and barely missed his third home run of the season when he drove a ball deep to left field in his final at-bat. The performance marked his third multihit..." April 26

  • Mariners place Felix Hernandez on DL with shoulder problem

    Sporting News "The Mariners placed ace Felix Hernandez on the disabled list Wednesday, according to multiple reports, the day after he left his start in Detroit after two-plus innings with what manager Scott Servais described as "a dead arm." Hernandez was diagnosed with "shoulder inflammation," MLB.com..." April 26

  • Manfred doubts any sport will ever be free of PEDs

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred on Tuesday defended the league’s performance-enhancing drugs testing system and confirmed Pirates center fielder Starling Marte, suspended last week after testing positive for Nandrolone, did not appeal his 80-game suspension. “I do not see it as a..." April 26

  • R.A. Dickey: Syndergaard trade made sense for both parties at the time

    New York Post "The rain spoiled more than a baseball game. The canceling of the series opener against the Braves on Tuesday night means R.A. Dickey will still make his return to the Citi Field mound, it just won’t be against Noah Syndergaard, one of the players the Mets traded him for in 2012. The two were..." April 26

  • Blue Jays-Cardinals game postponed due to our minds being blown over Chris Coghlan

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals’ game against the Toronto Blue Jays for has been postponed because everyone is still trying to recover from Chris Coghlan jumping over Yadier Molina. Wait, no, that’s not right. It’s been postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled as part of a day-night..." April 26

  • How the Astros are following the Cubs' blueprint to the top

    Yardbarker "There is a showdown taking place this week between two of the biggest dogs in the American League yard. In one corner stands the Cleveland Indians, the reigning AL champions, who look far from ready to relinquish their crown atop the league. In opposition to the Tribe stand the Houston Astros, who..." April 26

  • Pirates to call up 1st African-born player in MLB history

    Hardball Talk "When you promote a player from the minors, the first and foremost consideration is whether or not he can help your ball club. But, assuming that’s taken care of, teams should really, really make it a priority to call up dudes with cool sounding names because it makes life more interesting for the..." April 26

  • Trea Turner wasn't thinking cycle: 'I was trying to survive the cold'

    MLB.com "Nationals shortstop Trea Turner had the hottest night of his career in the coldest game of the season on Tuesday, hitting for the cycle while driving in a personal-best seven runs in a 15-12 win over the Rockies at Coors Field. Turner singled to right field in the first inning, doubled to left..." April 26

  • Players don't want harsher penalties for throwing at hitters

    Fox Sports "Here is the problem with baseball imposing harsher discipline for pitchers who throw at hitters’ heads: The players do not want stronger penalties and the clubs are not inclined to press the issue, sources said. So, while Red Sox right-hander Matt Barnes received only a four-game suspension..." April 26

  • Reasons for Hope for the Seattle Mariners Offense

    iSportsweb "The Seattle Mariners currently hold an 8-12 record, and currently sit in last in the American League West. They have fallen well short of the expectations set for them in preseason, namely that they could compete for a division title and, at the very least, make an appearance in the playoffs for..." April 26

  • No bat flips for Bryant: Crushed HRs 'enough of a disgrace for the pitcher'

    CBSChicago.com "In this era of social media, the instant gratification desire of millenials and an abundance of exuberant young talent in MLB, much has been made over the theatrics of some hitters gazing at their no-doubt home runs and celebrating with an accompanying bat flip. Is that showing up the pitcher?..." April 26

  • Jay Bruce: These Mets won’t go into ‘oh, s–t’ mode

    New York Post "After recently vowing to think “outside the box” in constructing his Mets lineup, manager Terry Collins discovered he was lucky just to have a box. Injuries and slumping players have stung a team that appeared on a roll after winning a fifth straight game, 9-8 in 16 innings, on April 13 in..." April 26

  • Possible No. 1 overall draft pick clubs four homers in one game for Louisville

    CBS Sports "The University of Louisville sits at No. 2 in the AP college baseball polls and has the best player in the nation. Lefty Brendan McKay's only real question mark is whether he should be drafted and developed as a pitcher or first baseman. McKay has a 1.83 ERA with 83 strikeouts against 15 walks..." April 26

  • NFL draft forces Marlins to 'uneventful' Delaware for Phillies series

    USA Today "The Miami Marlins, who open a three-game series against the Phillies Tuesday night, were muscled out of Philadelphia by the NFL draft and forced to make alternate accommodations over state lines. With the city of Philadelphia hosting the draft -- which begins Thursday -- hotel accommodations..." April 26

  • Bumgarner won't require surgery after dirt bike accident

    CBS Sports "Late last week, Giants ace Madison Bumgarner was badly injured in a dirt bike accident , brusing several ribs and damaging the A/C joint in his pitching shoulder. Early reports indicated that Bumgarner will miss six-to-eight weeks, though some suggested even more than eight weeks. It is his..." April 26

  • Felix Hernandez dealing with “dead arm”

    Hardball Talk "Mariners starter Felix Hernandez is dealing with “dead arm” and will head back to Seattle to have his shoulder examined, Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports. Hernandez was reportedly visibly upset and left the clubhouse quickly, declining to speak to the media, Divish adds. Hernandez..." April 26