• Red Sox, Tigers in lead for Castillo

    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 21

  • 5h
    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    #Angels Garrett Richards has a torn patellar tendon. Surgery next week. Will miss 6-9 months.

  • Pete Rose: America's for second chances; I want one

    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 21

  • 10h
    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    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.

  • 3h
    Bill Shaikin @BillShaikin

    #Angels acquire IF Gordon Beckham from #WhiteSox for PTBNL or cash.

  • Giants' first baseman Brandon Belt hopes to play again this season

    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

  • Yoenis Cespedes leaves game due to ‘personal matter’

    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 21

  • Ortiz tied for most 30-homer seasons in Sox history

    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

  • Sources: Three teams in mix to sign Cuban free agent Rusney Castillo

    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

  • Staffing issue may have been responsible for Cubs ‘tarp gate’

    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 21

  • 7h
    Jason Martinez @mlbdepthcharts

    Updated #Cubs roster: SS Starlin Castro placed on Bereavement List, SP Edwin Jackson (strained lat) placed on DL ...

  • 12h
    Corey Brock @FollowThePadres

    #Padres haven't ruled out a DL stint for Benoit (he of the cranky right shoulder). Could push decision a few more days. For now, #Quack.

  • Tigers' Evan Reed in court on sex-assault charges today

    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

  • Angels RHP Richards suffers patellar injury

    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

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    Kiley McDaniel @kileymcd

    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.

  • Nationals' 9-game win streak is "absolutely epic"

    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

  • Masahiro Tanaka ‘absolutely’ thinks elbow injury is behind him

    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

  • Lester return to Boston a long shot; Cubs, Yankees are likely players

    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

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    Bruce Miles @BruceMiles2112

    Giants not confirming it but sources say they won protest. Tuesday game to be picked up at 4 Thursday. #Cubs

  • John Lackey gives Pat Neshek a ball autographed by Babe Ruth in exchange for his jersey number

    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

  • Curt Schilling: Chewing tobacco ‘gave me cancer’

    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

  • Tigers, Giants and others may view Castillo as a pennant-race plus

    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

  • Giants file official protest over controversial loss at Wrigley

    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

  • Derek Holland: “I feel like I’m ready”

    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

  • Twins: 'Check the ball' earned Ron Gardenhire his 72nd ejection

    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

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    Los Angeles Dodgers @Dodgers

    Clayton Kershaw will start Thursday on regular rest, Zack Greinke pushed to Saturday, Mattingly says.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Tigers, #RedSox, #SFGiants still in mix for Rusney Castillo. #Cubs, #Yankees, #Phillies not expected to place high bid.

  • Rays activate Wil Myers after 12 weeks on disabled list

    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

  • Burnett loses, says he'll probably retire after season

    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

  • So far so good on Justin Verlander's shoulder, he could start for Tigers on Saturday

    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

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    John Shea @JohnSheaHey

    Bochy said Belt to miss 2-3 more weeks at least.

  • Carlos Gonzalez has knee surgery, may miss start of spring training

    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

  • Ron Washington: ‘I’m backing off’ idea of Yu Darvish returning on August 25

    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

  • Tony La Russa denies that Kirk Gibson’s job is safe

    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

  • Derek Holland making slow progress on return to Texas Rangers

    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

  • J.J. Hardy hitting well, but he said thumb injury 'is definitely not in the past'

    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

  • Historic Jeter hit changed to an error

    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

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    David Price just confirmed that has not had conversations with the #Tigers about a long-term contract as of yet.

  • Pirates activate Andrew McCutchen from the disabled list

    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

  • Felix good to go for Friday's start in Boston

    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

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    Scott Lauber @ScottLauber

    Heard Cuban OF/INF Rusney Castillo is moving quickly toward a decision. #RedSox have shown considerable interest.

  • The Mets' Matt Harvey problem is a Mets problem

    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

  • Dodgers, Beckett won't rule out return to mound

    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

  • White Sox's Dunn ponders retirement

    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

  • Achy shoulder for Chapman

    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

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Dbacks currently plan to bring back manager Kirk Gibson for the 2015 season, but Tony La Russa delaying any official announcement.

  • The Indians sign Scott Atchison to a contract extension

    Hardball Talk "It’s an odd time of the year for contract extensions to be announced, but that’s what the Indians did. If only a minor one: they announced that they have signed righty reliever Scott Atchison through the 2015 season with a club option for 2016. Atchison, 38, and the reliever who looks most like..." August 19

  • How MLB's Best Pinch-Hitters Prepare To Thrive In Their Limited Opportunities

    ThePostGame.com "Reed Johnson wasn’t ready. The veteran outfielder had just begun to stretch when he learned he would be pinch-hitting for Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija to lead off the sixth inning of a game against the Brewers in May 2012. He grabbed a bat and walked to the plate cold. Looking for any way to..." August 19

  • Hanley Ramirez returning to Dodgers next season is no sure thing

    Los Angeles Times "On this date a year ago, Hanley Ramirez was batting .363. The Dodgers loved him, and vice versa. The playoffs would happen, and then the contract extension. The playoffs happened. The new contract never did. That sets up what could be the most intriguing free-agent drama this off-season...." August 18

  • Cuddyer hits for second career cycle

    MLB.com "At the start of Spring Training, before the disabled list became the place to find the Rockies' stars, Michael Cuddyer was more than just a fine example of cerebral hitting. His batting practice became team policy. As the rounds go, specific swings are devoted to specific situations. Move a..." August 18