• A-Rod's image rehabilitation worth every penny of withheld $6 million bonus

    Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez is tied for fourth place on the all-time home run list, which is not a particularly marketable thing. Who’s buying the T-shirt celebrating someone being fourth on an all-time list? Maybe 660 home runs was a marketable achievement for Barry Bonds, who reached that plateau with the..." May 04

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    MLB Communications @MLB_PR

    TOR hitting coach Brook Jacoby has received a 14-game unpaid suspension for his postgame conduct toward the umpire crew on 4/29 at Boston.

  • Twins place Oswaldo Arcia on DL, call up prospect Eddie Rosario

    Hardball Talk "Twins left fielder Oswaldo Arcia is headed to the disabled list with a hip injury and to replace him on the roster they’ve called up 23-year-old outfield prospect Eddie Rosario from Triple-A. Not so long ago Rosario was viewed as a very good prospect, frequently making top-100 lists, but he was..." May 04

  • Mike Trout learns lesson from tweet about Floyd Mayweather

    Larry Brown Sports "Many refer to Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout as the superstar Major League Baseball needs. Trout is already one of the best players in the game at age 23, and he has no known issues with performance-enhancing drugs or in his personal life. Despite that, Trout learned last week how..." May 04

  • Brewers hire Craig Counsell as manager after firing Ron Roenicke

    Yahoo! Sports "The dreadful Milwaukee Brewers won Sunday for the third time in four games, which would have counted for news had the organization not fired its manager within hours of that subtle – and likely futile – uptick. Ron Roenicke was let go 25 games into the season. He is a reasonable and competent..." May 04

  • Jacoby Ellsbury on being targeted as payback for Hanley Ramirez outburst: 'It didn't hurt anyway'

    Boston Herald "Hanley Ramirez left the Red Sox' clubhouse quickly and with an ice cream cone stuffed in his mouth last night, leaving no opportunity to ask him about his overreaction to getting hit by a pitch from Yankees starter Adam Warren in the sixth inning. But, for once in his life, Jacoby Ellsbury left..." May 04

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    Mark Zuckerman @ZuckermanCSN

    Rendon back in DC today having left side examined by #Nats team doctor. He's day to day until there's a full diagnosis.

  • Now healthy Mauer seeing success pulling the ball for Twins

    Fox Sports North "More often than not, it seems coaching staffs try to tell players to work on hitting the ball the other way. In Joe Mauer's case, the opposite has been true. The left-handed Mauer has never been much of a pull hitter throughout his career. In his 11 seasons before 2015, just 344 of Mauer's..." May 04

  • Report: Hamilton could begin rehab assignment next weekend

    The Score "Josh Hamilton is inching closer to making his season debut with the Texas Rangers. Hamilton faced live pitching Saturday at the team's spring facility in Arizona and is slated to play his first extended spring training game Monday. He could begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Round Rock as..." May 04

  • Padres promoting top prospect Hedges

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres will officially promote catching prospect Austin Hedges in time for Monday's series opener against the Giants at AT&T Park, sources told the U-T. Hedges, 22, joined the team in San Francisco on Sunday night. He caught Triple-A El Paso's game in Sacramento earlier in the day before..." May 04

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    Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy

    Good news on #Brewers SS Jean Segura. CT scan negative. Might be able to avoid the DL.

  • A-Rod calls Yankees' no-pay stance on $6 million bonus 'family business'

    Sporting News "Nothing personal, it's just business — "family business," at that — Alex Rodriguez says about whether the Yankees will pay him $6 million for his milestone 660th home run. A-Rod is just keeping his mouth shut, NJ.com reported. For now, anyway. He declined to comment on the Yankees'..." May 04

  • Athletics release Cody Ross

    Hardball Talk "The Athletics have released outfielder Cody Ross, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Ross had been designated for assignment on Saturday. Ross was released by the Diamondbacks in early April, as the club chose to eat the $9.5 million remaining on his contract ($8.5 million for 2015 plus..." May 04

  • Agent Scott Boras wants more leeway to trade draft picks

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball informed clubs last week of a rules change regarding trading recently drafted players, an adjustment that allows teams to deal players the day after the end of the World Series rather than having to wait until a year after they sign. Agent Scott Boras welcomes the change,..." May 04

  • Why the next A-Rod milestone might not be as controversial

    New York Post "Having tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list at 660 on Friday night with a game-winning, pinch-hit blast over the Green Monster, Alex Rodriguez has another colossal milestone approaching: 3,000 hits. Rodriguez went 1-for-4 Saturday in the Yankees’ 4-2 win over the Red..." May 03

  • Royals' Cain drops appeal, begins serving two-game suspension

    Fox Sports Kansas City "Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain dropped his appeal of his two-game suspension and will begin serving the ban on Sunday. Cain will be eligible to return May 6 against Cleveland. Cain was one of four Royals and two White Sox suspended for their roles in an April 23 brawl in Chicago. Edinson..." May 03

  • Sox plan to stick with struggling Napoli

    CSN New England "Mike Napoli's struggles at the plate continued on Saturday, and it went beyond the 0-for-4 performance that dropped his average to .160. In the fourth inning, with the score tied 1-1, he came to bat with runners at first and second and one out. Dustin Pedroia had led off the inning with a..." May 03

  • Rays place outfielder Desmond Jennings on 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his left knee

    Hardball Talk "It was a very disappointing April for Rays outfielder Desmond Jennings, who hit .222/.306/.238 in 18 games. And now his May is off to a rough start too. Roger Mooney of the Tampa Tribune reports that Jennings was officially placed on the 15-day disabled list Sunday morning with bursitis in his..." May 03

  • White Sox still determining how to use Carlos Rodon

    CSN Chicago "The White Sox want Carlos Rodon to get comfortable in the bullpen while picking the appropriate time to use him in games. And, they have to balance that against maintaining arm strength for when the left-hander could eventually move into the team’s starting rotation. This is Rodon’s 13th day in..." May 03

  • Nats' Rendon again scratched from rehab start

    ESPN.com "Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon, who has yet to play this season, was scratched from a minor-league game Saturday for the second time this week. Rendon, who was diagnosed with a sprained MCL after making a diving stop in a spring training game against Atlanta on March 9, was..." May 03

  • Braves only team to use different lineup combo every game

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez now stands alone in his penchant for mixing up his lineup. Gonzalez sent out his 25th different lineup combination for his team’s 25th game on Sunday, making the Braves the only team in the majors to use a different a different lineup combination in every game (not..." May 03

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Total speculation: When the Brewers' push to reset their roster happens, Adam Lind could be an attractive option for the Pirates.

  • Maddon, Cubs trying to 'unearth' Soler with lineup switch

    CSN Chicago "Jorge Soler checked off another big league "first" Saturday. The 23-year-old slugger hit leadoff for the first time in his brief MLB career in Cubs manager Joe Maddon's attempt to get Soler going at the plate. Standing at 6-foot-4 with a 215-pound frame, Soler looks more like a linebacker..." May 03

  • Yankees remain firm on plan to fight A-Rod's $6 million bonus — ‘nothing has changed’

    New York Daily News "Alex Rodriguez may have tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list Friday night with a screaming line drive into the Green Monster seats at Fenway Park, but as far as the Yankees are concerned, nothing has changed. According to a source familiar with the marketing agreement..." May 02

  • Chad Billingsley to make major league return Tuesday

    Philly.com "Chad Billingsley, who has made just two starts since 2012, will make his major-league return Tuesday for the Phillies against the Atlanta Braves. Billingsley, who underwent Tommy John surgery in April 2013 and a flexor tendon operation last June, signed with the Phillies in January to a..." May 02

  • A-Rod blasts No. 660: Let the money fight begin

    New York Post "If it had been hit any harder it would have gone through the fan that caught the ball on top of the Green Monster. Used as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning, Alex Rodriguez lined a 3-0 pitch from Junichi Tazawa over the left-field wall. The laser not only led to a 3-2 Yankees victory over the..." May 02

  • Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

    MLB.com "Two-time American League All-Star Carlos Quentin asked for his release from the Mariners after five games with Triple-A Tacoma and announced his retirement from baseball on Friday. "Over the past several days, it became clear to me that my injuries have taken too great of a physical toll for me..." May 02

  • Howard sets record on eve of gaining full no-trade rights

    CSN Philly "Ryan Howard set a Phillies team record Friday night by playing in his 1,299th career game at first base. He passed Fred Luderus, who played for the Phils from 1910 to 1920. Since making his big-league debut in 2004, only five active players, Albert Pujols, Mark Teixeira, Adrian Gonzalez, Adam..." May 02

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    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    #Royals, #Rays, #DBacks still believed to be in the mix for Saltalamacchia, though it's unclear if those are the only three.

  • Giants' Hudson feels tug of family, may make this his last season

    Fox Sports "Tim Hudson thought his two daughters would want him home, and his son would want him to keep playing. But as he puts it, in his soft Alabama drawl, "it's kind of the other way around." Kade, 10, misses his daddy badly, wishes Tim could attend his baseball games like all of the other dads. Tess,..." May 02

  • Statement from Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays on Alex Rodriguez's 660th home run

    MLB.com ""Congratulations to Alex Rodriguez on his 660th home run. Milestones in baseball are meant to be broken and I wish him continued success throughout his career." " May 02

  • Rangers impressed by Josh Hamilton workouts

    ESPN.com "The Texas Rangers have been impressed by Josh Hamilton after two workouts at the team's spring training facility in Surprise, Arizona. "I like what I see from him, especially the eagerness to play," outfield instructor Dwayne Murphy told the Dallas Morning News on Wednesday. "I have to put the..." May 02

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    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Brewers, 5-18, are letting teams know they will make their veterans available on trade market: Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Aramis Ramirez.

  • Fan says he won't give 660th home run ball to Alex Rodriguez

    CBSSports.com "On Friday night, Alex Rodriguez tied Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time home run list with his 660th career blast. The pinch-hit solo shot at Fenway Park gave the Yankees a 3-2 lead. Even with A-Rod's ties to performance-enhancing drugs, the baseball itself is really valuable. Tainted..." May 02

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    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Balfour confirms he has agreed to a minor-league deal with #Rays.

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    Mike Curto @CurtoWorld

    Another Rainiers roster move: LHP Joe Saunders has exercised an opt-out in his contract and become a free agent. Tacoma down to 24 players.

  • Pedro Martinez in book: 'When I hit a batter, it was 90 percent intentional'

    CBSSports.com "This coming Tuesday, Pedro Martinez and Michael Silverman will release their new book PEDRO, which is being billed as a "bold, no-holds-barred memoir from one of the most dominant and dynamic pitchers to ever play the game." Martinez, who was elected to the Hall of Fame this past winter, opens..." May 02

  • Two good signs for Rangers: Josh Hamilton in shape and eager

    Dallas Morning News "Two workouts completed by Josh Hamilton, and one question answered for the Rangers. Hamilton did not spend his time away from the game lounging on a couch, gorging on junk food. The Rangers and Hamilton are pleased with his response to two days of baseball activity. Despite undergoing..." May 02

  • Mike Leake will be attractive on free-agent market

    Cincinnati Enquirer "With all the focus on Johnny Cueto, Homer Bailey and Aroldis Chapman, it seems like Mike Leake can often be overlooked. Reds manager Bryan Price said that if that's the case, it won't be for long. "They won't at the end of this year," Price said when asked if Leake is sometimes overlooked..." May 02

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    Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy

    RR confirms, very good chance Carlos Gomez is back tomorrow. Still debating whether to bat him leadoff or somewhere else.

  • Reds' Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As expected, Homer Bailey's 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as "Tommy John" surgery. Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery..." May 02

  • Wieters (elbow) might not return until June

    Baltimore Sun "In what likely has been one of the most trying periods of his career, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has attempted to deflect the spotlight away from him and his team. Yes, the Orioles made baseball history Wednesday by playing a game in front of no fans due to ongoing unrest in the city. Yes,..." May 02

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    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    Justin Verlander will undergo a third MRI exam on his right triceps next week in Chicago, Ausmus confirmed.

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Carlos Quentin in process of retiring. Will receive rest of $8M salary. #Braves had released him from guaranteed major-league deal.

  • Trevor Cahill has been demoted to the bullpen. For now.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three lackluster starts but manager Fredi Gonzalez said Cahill won’t necessarily stay there. Cahill won’t make his scheduled start on Friday after he pitched two innings in relief on Thursday against the Nationals. Gonzalez said..." May 01

  • Mets calling up prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera

    Hardball Talk "After losing their third straight game and the fifth out of their last seven, the Mets announced late tonight that they have recalled prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets aren’t calling Herrera up to be a bench player, so the expectation is that he’ll play..." May 01

  • Ricky Nolasco to start Saturday in return from DL stint

    Twin Cities "At long last, the Ricky Nolasco Plan has been revealed. The Twins’ No. 2 starter will come off the disabled list Saturday and face the Chicago White Sox in his first big-league start since April 8. Nolasco, who had been out with an inflamed throwing elbow, came through Sunday’s 67-pitch..." May 01

  • Albert Pujols' hamstring injury does not appear to be serious

    Los Angeles Times "Angels slugger Albert Pujols will miss at least a few games because of a tight left hamstring, an injury he suffered in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, but Manager Mike Scioscia is “not anticipating” that Pujols will go on the disabled..." April 30

  • Season already at tipping point for preseason favorite Nationals

    New York Post "I admit it. I am flummoxed by what to believe in spring training. It is the only game in town, but it is a deceptive game. Regulars, for example, hardly play full games. Traveling teams infrequently take their stars. What do I make of a matchup between a Single-A pitcher and veteran major..." April 30

  • Mets have changed their plan about trading Bartolo Colon

    New York Daily News "Yeah, Bartolo Colon lost to the Marlins on Wednesday, but his list of Met moments is long, for a guy who arrived only last year. Choose your favorite: The time he ran to to personally pick a baserunner off first base? His beer-league hits? Or when Colon announces himself by banging a foam..." April 30