• Syndergaard won't face added discipline for Utley incident

    The Score "Noah Syndergaard looks to be in the clear one day after being ejected for throwing a 99-mph fastball behind Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. Major League Baseball officials appear to be satisfied with the ejection, and no other punishment will be enforced, reports ESPN's Adam..." May 29

  • Bogaerts extends hitting streak to 22 games

    WEEI Boston "The streak is now at 22. Xander Bogaerts was able to extend his hit streak to 22 games with a one-out single to left field in the sixth inning against Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on Sunday." May 29

  • Syndergaard ejection exposes MLB's lack of consistency

    Fox Sports "The problem is the lack of consistency. I could live with a sport in which pitchers no longer threw at hitters out of vengeance, a sport in which umpires no longer give teams "a shot" to retaliate, in the words of Mets manager Terry Collins. Collisions at home plate mostly are gone, and..." May 29

  • What Mets' Matt Harvey can learn from Yankees' Michael Pineda

    ESPN "The career arcs of Matt Harvey and Michael Pineda are remarkably similar. Both are 27, born within two months of each another in 1989. Both were sensations as rookies. Both suffered serious, and in Pineda's case, potentially career-ending arm injuries, early in their careers. Both have struggled..." May 29

  • If Ryan Braun is traded, Red Sox could be possible landing spot

    Sporting News "Milwaukee may be looking to trade outfielder Ryan Braun, and the Boston Red Sox are among the potential suitors. “He’s the hot name out there,” a National League scout told the Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo. In addition to the Red Sox, the scout mentioned the Astros, Cardinals, Phillies, Mets,..." May 29

  • 'Fresh' Syndergaard tweets he's available from bullpen Sunday

    The Score "Thor is ready to go. Ejected without warning from Saturday's game at Citi Field after throwing behind Chase Utley in the third inning, New York Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard made it clear he's available to throw in Sunday's series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers." May 29

  • The Cubs almost accidentally dumped a cooler of ammonia on David Ross

    SB Nation "David Ross hit his 100th career home run Friday, an obviously special milestone for the Cubs' veteran catcher. His teammates wanted to celebrate by dumping a cooler full of Gatorade on him. They almost screwed up in a pretty big way. " May 29

  • Darryl Strawberry thinks Mets should drink, get into bar fights

    New York Post "Capture the moment. The opportunity won’t last. That, in essence, was the message from the 1986 Mets to the current ones on their 30-year anniversary celebration Saturday night at Citi Field. Three decades after winning it all, those Mets of Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden and..." May 29

  • Ned Yost Thinks He Would be Freaking Awesome on Twitter

    The Big Lead "Kansas City Royals manager Ned Yost doesn’t have a Twitter account but, hoo boy, if he did? Man, it would be all the fire emojis, Yost said Sunday. Yost would certainly not be the typical Twitter user, which is to say a youngish (but not that young) progressive who lives in a major metropolitan..." May 29

  • Braves would have to be "overwhelmed" in order to trade Julio Teheran

    Talking Chop "The Braves have once again found themselves in the middle of trade rumors, and this time, Julio Teheran is the center. However, Braves GM John Coppolella recently made comments that indicate that the organization is now focused on improving what is arguably the worst major league team in all of..." May 29

  • Collins: Umps had 'no idea about anything' in Syndergaard-Utley drama

    The Score "Noah Syndergaard, the New York Mets' hard-throwing ace, told reporters he was "dumbfounded" after getting tossed from Saturday's game without a warning after throwing a 99-mph fastball behind Chase Utley in the third, and manager Terry Collins was just as incredulous as his young star, if not more..." May 29

  • Tim Lincecum is expected to make his debut with the Angels on June 12.

    Los Angeles Times "The International Drone Racing Assn. held its North American Cup West championships at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Saturday. A quarter-mile away, forced onto a back field at the Angels’ spring training complex by the high-flying event, Tim Lincecum warmed up for his first game with his new team...." May 29

  • Sorry Mets fans, but Noah Syndergaard has only himself to blame - not umpire - for ejection

    New York Daily News "It’s perhaps somehow appropriate that on the night the rough-and-tumble ’86 Mets were honored at Citi Field — and, perhaps, this year’s club was challenged by Darryl Strawberry to discover how deep their own toughness runs — that Noah Syndergaard threw behind the back of that dastardly Chase..." May 29

  • Barry Bonds apologizes to Dodgers outfielder for photo snub: 'That ain't me'

    MLB.com "Nearly a month after Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson didn't get a picture at Dodger Stadium with one of his all-time favorite baseball players as a youth while growing up in the San Francisco Bay Area, he just received the next-best thing. Well, sort of. Let's just say Barry Bonds was on the..." May 29

  • Bautista weighs in on Utley drama with cryptic tweet

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista offered a sarcastic take on Saturday's drama at Citi Field with a tweet that appears to compare the Chase Utley-Noah Syndergaard drama with his heated at-bat versus Matt Bush two weeks ago in Texas. " May 29

  • Padres discussing potential Shields trade with White Sox

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres are discussing a potential trade of right-hander James Shields with the Chicago White Sox, and it appears those talks have significant momentum, sources familiar with the discussions said Saturday. It is unclear if a deal is imminent, but one source described the discussions as..." May 28

  • Salvador Perez leaves Royals game after collision

    Kansas City Star "Royals catcher Salvador Perez was injured in a collision with third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert during the ninth inning of Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Perez had to be helped off the field by trainer Nick Kenney and Royals manager Ned Yost. The collision came on an infield popup..." May 28

  • Mets adding veteran James Loney to fill-in at first base for injured Lucas Duda

    New York Daily News "With Lucas Duda sidelined for the foreseeable future, the Mets are on the verge of obtaining veteran first baseman James Loney, a baseball source confirmed on Saturday. Duda will be out up to six weeks with a stress fracture in his lower back." May 28

  • Mets are getting defensive about Dodgers' outfield tactics

    Fox Sports "The Dodgers are taking defensive positioning to another level -- and the Mets are not happy about it. The Mets contacted Major League Baseball on Friday after learning that the Dodgers intended to mark prearranged defensive positions in the outfield at Citi Field, according to major-league..." May 28

  • A-Rod's daughter reveals the craziest thing he's ever done

    The Score "Alex Rodriguez's eight-year-old daughter, Ella, was asked to share some candid facts about her famous dad as part of a "Parent's Day" assignment for school. Ella got her dad's age wrong (he's 40, not 43), but did share some interesting things. For example, the craziest thing the New York..." May 28

  • Julio Urias Sent Down to Triple-A

    Bleacher Report "The Los Angeles Dodgers will send 19-year-old pitcher Julio Urias down to Triple-A, Fanatics Network reported Saturday. J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group later confirmed the report. Urias made his major league debut Friday night against the New York Mets, allowing three runs..." May 28

  • Alex Rodriguez has refined his mechanics and his bat flips

    Yahoo! Sports "You have to give Alex Rodriguez credit. Every time we think the end is getting near, he comes back to prove there's still some fuel left in his tank. That's exactly what he's attempting to prove again after missing three weeks with a hamstring injury, and so far anyway the results are..." May 28

  • Cardinals Designate Ruben Tejada For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have announced that they’ve designated infielder Ruben Tejada for assignment. Mark Saxon of ESPN.com was first to report on Twitter that the DFA was likely. Tejada’s roster spot will be taken by Matt Carpenter, who’s returning from the paternity list. St. Louis faced a choice..." May 28

  • Erick Aybar to the DL with right foot contusion

    Talking Chop "Erick Aybar hasn't exactly endeared himself to Braves fans with his play this year. He has been among the worst offensive and defensive players in the league, but it was hard to not feel for the guy last night. With an awful first couple of months to the season firmly in his rear view mirror..." May 28

  • Xander Bogaerts rips 6th HR to extend hitting streak to 21

    Mass Live "Xander Bogaerts extended his hitting streak to 21 games Saturday by ripping a solo homer to left field to lead off the fourth inning here at Rogers Centre. He hit a 90 mph cutter on an 0-2 delivery from Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman. The Red Sox lead 7-3 here in the sixth inning...." May 28

  • Blue Jays place Tulowitzki on DL with quad strain

    The Score "Troy Tulowitzki's frustrating season took another miserable turn Saturday, as the Toronto Blue Jays announced the veteran shortstop has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right quadriceps strain. " May 28

  • Rougned Odor's suspension means Jurickson Profar is back

    SB Nation "Remember that whole fracas in Texas in which Rougned Odor landed the punch heard ‘round the world? You’re reading this newsletter, so I’m going to assume you do. It wasn’t that long ago. Well, both Odor and Jose Bautista appealed their suspensions, and that process is over. Bautista’s one-game..." May 28

  • Five MLB players who could be traded before the end of June

    Sporting News "Baseball’s non-waiver trade deadline is Aug. 1 this year, pushed back a day because July 31 falls on a Sunday. The rumors will really begin in earnest as June comes to a close, and the actual trades will start to become a frequent reality in the final week or two of July. Don’t sleep on the..." May 28

  • Bogaerts channels JBJ by pushing hit streak to 20

    Boston Herald "A day after Jackie Bradley Jr.’s hit streak was snapped at 29 games, Xander Bogaerts pushed on. The Red Sox shortstop singled in the fourth inning against the Blue Jays’ Aaron Sanchez, giving Bogaerts 20 straight games with at least one knock." May 28

  • Angels' Brendan Ryan: Designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Ryan was designated for assignment by the Angels after Friday's game, Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports. " May 28

  • Would the Diamondbacks already hit CTRL-Z on their dramatic offseason?

    SB Nation "Before writing the postmortem for the 2016 Diamondbacks, note that the 2015 Rangers were nine games out in May, too. They were nine games out in July. There is still 75 percent of a baseball season left to play, and 75 percent of a whole lot of nonsense is still a whole lot of nonsense. The math..." May 28

  • 19-year-old Dodgers pitcher falls flat in debut

    USA Today "As the Los Angeles Dodgers swarmed around in their clubhouse Friday afternoon, Stan Kasten, the team’s president, found John Smoltz and reminisced about the Hall-of-Fame pitcher’s debut in 1988. Kasten was the Atlanta Braves’ president then and Smoltz was a highly anticipated 21-year-old colt..." May 28

  • Robinson Cano Screens 'Ninja Turles' For 150 Kids

    TMZ "Robinson Cano and Seahawks rookie RB C.J. Prosise treated 150 kids to an advanced screening of the new 'Ninja Turtles' movie in Seattle Thursday night. The sports stars hooked up with 4 local youth organizations -- including Seattle's Children and the Boys and Girls Club -- and gave 'em a sneak..." May 28

  • Bautista: MLB depriving fans of watching me play

    The Score "Jose Bautista's one-game suspension for an altercation with Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor was upheld by Major League Baseball on Friday after his appeal was denied. The slugger wasn't pleased with the outcome and believes MLB owes an explanation to the fans about why the decision..." May 27

  • Jose Bautista’s suspension upheld, will miss opener vs. Red Sox

    Sportsnet "Jose Bautista‘s one-game suspension has been upheld, so he will sit out the Toronto Blue Jays‘ series opener versus the Boston Red Sox on Friday night. " May 27

  • Jurickson Profar called up, to get his first MLB action since 2013

    Hardball Talk "The Texas Rangers have called up infielder Jurickson Profar from Triple-A Round Rock. He’s starting at second base and batting leadoff for the Rangers. Profar has not seen action in the bigs since the end of the 2013 season, having missed two seasons with shoulder injuries. He has batted..." May 27

  • Red Sox will send struggling Buchholz to bullpen

    NESN "Clay Buchholz officially has been removed from the Boston Red Sox’s starting rotation. The struggling right-hander will be moved to the bullpen, manager John Farrell told reporters Friday afternoon in Toronto, with left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez taking over his spot in the rotation...." May 27

  • Cespedes: 'I could spend the rest of my career' with Mets

    MLB.com "The visitors' batting cage at Nationals Park is a spacious area, with colorless walls contrasting with fake green turf, and a bank of white plastic folding chairs off to one side. Throughout the Mets' recent three-game series with the Nationals, the chairs generally sat empty, unused, save for one..." May 27

  • Braves To Designate Reid Brignac

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have designated infielder Reid Brignac for assignment, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports on Twitter. A corresponding move has yet to be reported. " May 27

  • Diamondbacks placing Shelby Miller (finger) on DL

    SI "The Arizona Diamondbacks are placing righthander Shelby Miller on the disabled list, reports Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal. The move is a response to discomfort Miller has been feeling in a finger on his right hand. " May 27

  • Atkins on Blue Jays’ reputation: ‘I think we’re misunderstood’

    Sportsnet "As the Toronto Blue Jays await word on the fate of Jose Bautista’s suspension appeal, reports indicate Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor’s eight-game ban was cut by one to seven after he pleaded his case earlier this week. That won’t sit well with the Blue Jays since GM Ross Atkins..." May 27

  • Julio Urias, one of MLB's top prospects, debuts Friday

    SB Nation "The Dodgers' rotation is not good. It's part of the reason they are just 25-23 and 4.5 games behind the Giants in the NL West. The lineup hasn't helped, as it's been well below-average, but there's not a whole lot the Dodgers can do there besides hope their capable players start to look the part..." May 27

  • Vin Scully On All-Star Game 'Just Didn't Want to Do It'

    TMZ "Legendary Dodgers announcer Vin Scully has a very simple explanation about why he passed on calling the All-Star game in San Diego in July ... telling TMZ Sports, "I just didn't want to." It's as simple as that." May 27

  • Jose Fernandez Is Baseball's Forgotten Stud

    Number Fire "It's understandable why everyone has been obsessing with Clayton Kershaw, Noah Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, Chris Sale and Stephen Strasburg so far this season. All five of those pitchers have been ridiculously good and deserving of all the accolades. But there is one young starter that tends to..." May 27

  • Adam Jones: “Let’s get the hell out of Houston”

    Masn "When it was over, the Houston Astros had beaten the Orioles 4-2 tonight and swept them three straight. The Orioles set a major league record with 52 strikeouts in a three-game series, and center fielder Adam Jones put it into a perspective that only he can. All losses hurt, but was Jones..." May 27

  • Chase Utley’s family received death threats from Mets fans after controversial slide

    Los Angeles Times "Chase Utley understands what awaits him on Friday in New York. He does not welcome it, but he does not fear it. He accepts the incoming vitriol as penance for a sin he did not intend. Months ago, he identified the broken leg of Ruben Tejada as an unintended byproduct of the spirit that has..." May 27

  • Do the San Francisco Giants need rotation help to win the title?

    Sportsnaut "As presently constructed, can the San Francisco Giants win the World Series? This is a tricky question, as there seems to be two different answers. If the High God of Baseball himself came down and told us that the Giants will not make any moves but will still make the playoffs, then the answer..." May 27

  • Farrell undecided if Buchholz will remain in rotation

    Boston Herald "It’s not official that the Red Sox are going to remove Clay Buchholz from their rotation. But rest assured, it’s a matter of when, and not if, they make that call. It’s not complicated or difficult or wrong to announce the leash has finally run out on Buchholz. Ten starts are enough. His..." May 27

  • Why Joe Mikulik should manage Braves for rest of 2016

    Sportsnaut "The decision to fire Fredi Gonzalez has left the Atlanta Braves with interim Brian Snitker to manage the team. Now, perhaps the Braves are planning on using the rest of the 2016 season as something of an audition for Snitker but really, what sense does that make? You could generate some..." May 27

  • Freeman: 'There's no sugar-coating' how horrible I've been

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Freddie Freeman, the guy who led the major leagues in batting average with runners in scoring position in 2015, went 0-for-3 each of the past two nights in those situations to drop his RISP average to a team-worst .125. The Braves first baseman is mired in a 1-for-26 skid with runners in..." May 27

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