• Orioles pitcher Miguel Elias Gonzalez dies at 21 in car crash in Dominican Republic

    Hardball Talk "Orioles minor league pitcher Miguel Elias Gonzalez died from injuries sustained in a car accident in the Dominican Republic on Saturday, the team announced on Monday. Executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette said in a statement, “Our organization is deeply saddened by the..." September 18

  • Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez: Powerful bromance blooms in desert for Diamondbacks

    USA Today "J.D. Martinez didn’t need Paul Goldschmidt to complete his stunning reclamation, and Goldschmidt didn’t need Martinez to become one of the game’s greatest players. Yet, here they are, two months after becoming teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and they have no idea how great they'd be..." September 18

  • A lot of things need to go right for the Pirates to contend in 2018

    CBS Sports "The Pirates have been eliminated from postseason contention, and not long ago they ensured a second-straight losing season. Given the recent baseball renaissance in Pittsburgh, that's a disappointing outcome. Will 2018 bring better fortunes? That's the matter at hand. The structural problem..." September 18

  • MLB league-wide single season home run record set to fall Tuesday

    Hardball Talk "Giancarlo Stanton‘s smacks, Aaron Judge‘s jolts and all those dizzying long balls helped Major League Baseball move another poke closer to the inevitable. Nearly two decades after the height of the Steroids Era, the sports is on track to break its season record for home runs on Tuesday – and..." September 18

  • Bryce Harper took batting practice yesterday

    Hardball Talk "Bryce Harper has been on the disabled list since mid-August after he slipped on first base and hyperextended his left knee. At the time the injury looked horrific, with most people watching it assuming he shredded his knee. Thankfully, though it was diagnosed as a “significant bone bruise.” There..." September 18

  • Zach Britton likely in final days with Orioles

    Fanrag Sports "If Zach Britton had his way, he would spend his entire career with the Baltimore Orioles. The Orioles selected the left-hander in the third round of the 2006 amateur draft following his senior year of high school in Weatherford, Texas. They brought him to the major leagues in 2011, then..." September 18

  • NL MVP: Sorting out the crowded field won't be easy

    Sporting News "If you happen to run into a baseball writer who has a 2017 NL MVP vote, give that person a hug. They’ll need it. Trying to sort out this year’s crowded NL MVP race is a nearly impossible task. As many as six players have had seasons worthy of first-place votes, which means you’re going to see..." September 18

  • AL MVP: Jose Altuve is clear favorite, but race for second is star-studded

    Sporting News "Jose Altuve is putting the finishes on yet another incredible season for Houston. Remember when we were all amazed that a guy listed at 5-6 could be an impact player in the majors? Those days feel like a long, long time ago. At this point, Altuve has established himself as one of the best..." September 18

  • 2017 MLB season might not feature a 20-win pitcher for first time in nearly 10 years

    CBS Sports "With just two weeks left in the 2017 Major League Baseball season, we can start to take a look at some of the stats and have a good idea where things will end up. On that front, let's glance at the MLB leaderboard for pitcher wins. As noted by Twitter friend Matt Harvey (@halladayfan32), the..." September 18

  • Wainwright joins bullpen, unlikely to start again this season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals intend to have rookie Jack Flaherty finish the season in the rotation, though they expect to have another, more-seasoned option available as early as Tuesday to provide relief, as much as needed. Adam Wainwright faced hitters Sunday morning at Wrigley Field in a batting..." September 18

  • Minor in line to be Royals' full-time closer?

    MLB.com "What Royals fans saw out of left-hander Mike Minor in a closer's role in the 4-3 win over the Indians on Friday night had to make more than a few wonder: With that type of electric stuff, could Minor become a full-time closer? Minor struck out the side for his first career save, ending the..." September 18

  • Teams seeking Miguel Sano-like talent at age 13

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The Twins, like most MLB teams, will send scouts to a showcase in the Caribbean this week for Venezuelan prospects, a chance to measure and evaluate players who will eventually sign contracts to play professionally. But this gathering of baseball talent is unusual — though it reflects the new..." September 18

  • Betts exits, day to day with thumb injury

    MLB.com "Mookie Betts exited with a right thumb contusion in the fifth inning of Sunday's 3-2 loss to the Rays. X-rays came back negative, and he is listed as day to day, the team announced. The injury occurred in the fourth inning after Betts hit a grounder to third baseman Trevor Plouffe. Plouffe's..." September 18

  • Things could get ‘a little weird’ for Chase Utley if Dodgers clinch in Philadelphia

    Orange County Register "With their magic number shrinking daily now, the Dodgers could very well celebrate the clinching of their fifth consecutive NL West title during this week’s four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia. Uh, awkward. “I actually haven’t thought about it at all,” said Dodgers second..." September 18

  • Protecting Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox riding it out with Brock Holt

    Boston Herald "It’s no secret Brock Holt has been a different player since coming back from multiple concussions and, most recently, overcoming a bout with vertigo. But the Red Sox are desperate for options at second base with Eduardo Nunez out with a knee injury and Dustin Pedroia’s cranky left knee forcing..." September 18

  • The Yankees may already be making pitching plans for the AL Wild Card Game

    CBS Sports "Entering Sunday's slate, the Yankees have a hefty five-game lead over the Twins for the top AL wild-card spot. At the same time, they trail the Red Sox by three games in the AL East. That's why in our most recent look at the SportsLine MLB playoff projections, the Yanks were given a 77.8 percent..." September 17

  • Ausmus refuses to shut down Miggy over back issues

    MLB.com "Miguel Cabrera was out of the Tigers lineup for Sunday's series finale against the White Sox after leaving Saturday's game with lower back tightness. However, the team has no plans to shut down Cabrera for the stretch run with the team out of contention. It's a question that has popped up more..." September 17

  • Cubs' Contreras has suspension reduced to 1 game

    Chicago Tribune "The suspense over Willson Contreras’ appeal to his two-game suspension didn’t last long. The Cubs catcher’s punishment for “inappropriate actions, which included the throwing of his mask,” was reduced to one game, which he will serve Sunday, the team said. Saying sorry, both after he was..." September 17

  • MLB does right in donating Boston Red Sox fine to hurricane relief

    iSportsweb "When the Boston Red Sox were accused of using an apple watch to steal signs from their opponents, the MLB went into an uproar. Talking heads on radio, television, and online called for the MLB to bring the hammer of justice down on the Sox, with some even calling for vacating wins and suspending..." September 17

  • How can Shohei Otani make up $200 million in squandered value?

    ESPN "Let’s get this part of the Shohei Otani drama out of the way: All 30 Major League Baseball teams will presumably submit the paperwork indicating a willingness to pay the $20 million posting fee for the multitalented star. A failure to do so -- even for executives who believe they have no chance of..." September 17

  • Red Sox used Fitbit, not Apple Watch, in sign-stealing controversy

    Mass Live "It apparently wasn't an Apple watch that the Boston Red Sox used to steal signs. It was a Fitbit product, per Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. An investigation by MLB commissioner Rob Manfred concluded that the Red Sox used electronics to send information (opposing team's signs) from the video..." September 17

  • Joe Maddon considers how Willson Contreras’s background impacts temperament

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs catcher Willson Contreras found himself in some hot water over how he lost his temper in Friday’s game against St. Louis, but he has a rather nuanced defender in his manager. Contreras was suspended for two games over an altercation with home plate umpire Jordan Baker that also got..." September 17

  • Abreu wants to stay with White Sox through rebuild: 'This is a family'

    Chicago Sun-Times "First baseman Jose Abreu is having more fun playing baseball than ever before. He wants it to continue. For a long time. And with the White Sox. As he continues to perform at the same high, consistent level he has in each of his four seasons, and while he sets the bar high for individual..." September 17

  • Mets reverse course on Noah Syndergaard, he won’t pitch this weekend

    New York Daily News "Rehab is tedious and Noah Syndergaard is starting to get bored. It’s been four months since he has felt the adrenaline of taking the mound in a major league game pump through him. The Mets righthander has had to settle for bullpen sessions, two minor-league rehab appearances and seemingly endless..." September 17

  • Alex Cobb not ready to contemplate likely end to Rays career

    Tampa Bay Times "Alex Cobb isn't ready to look ahead to the past just yet. Despite what he said to the cameras, Cobb was well aware that Saturday's start against the Red Sox most likely would be his last at the Trop in a Rays uniform. With two weeks still to play before the end of his final season before..." September 17

  • Bellinger says his preseason goal was to be September call-up

    Orange County Register "As each milestone and achievement has passed — often with comparisons to players he has never heard of — Dodgers rookie slugger Cody Bellinger said the same thing. This is all more than he expected this season. So what was he expecting in 2017? “A September callup,” he said with a modest..." September 17

  • Giants will pick up Matt Moore’s option despite shaky season

    Larry Brown Sports "The San Francisco Giants will pick up pitcher Matt Moore’s option for 2018 despite the starter enduring a shaky season. Giants GM Bobby Evans confirmed to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin the team’s plans for Moore. “We’ll pick up his option,” Evans said via the Times. Moore has a $9..." September 16

  • Willson Contreras receives two-game suspension, John Lackey fined for ejections vs. Cardinals

    Chicago Tribune "“Willie’s Willie,” Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said of catcher Willson Contreras’ mask-tossing episode during Friday’s fifth inning meltdown at Wrigley Field, in which Contreras and pitcher John Lackey were ejected by umpire Jordan Baker. But will Willie being Willie led to a suspension from..." September 16

  • Yankees could reportedly pursue Eric Hosmer in free agency

    Yardbarker "Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer could be making the leap from small-market sensation to mega-market monster this offseason. According to a report by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports on Thursday, the New York Yankees may pursue the former All-Star slugger in free agency. Per..." September 16

  • Nationals 'optimistic' outfielder Bryce Harper will be available for playoffs

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper has been sidelined since Aug. 12 with a bone bruise in his left knee. While there was no structural damage to the knee, it was indeed a scary-looking injury. The club never really laid out a firm timeline for Harper's recovery, but the hope was always that he'd..." September 16

  • Bartolo Colon wants to play two more years to chase records for Latin pitchers?

    Larry Brown Sports "Bartolo Colon may be continuing to add to his already indelible mark on the game of baseball for multiple more years to come. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports noted on Thursday that some believe Colon could pitch for two more years in the interest of some good ol’ record-chasing. Per Heyman:..." September 16

  • Twins fire minors skip Mientkiewicz while he was cleaning up after Irma

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Doug Mientkiewicz, who followed his seven seasons as a player with the Twins with five seasons as a manager in the organization, was fired by the organization on Friday. “I wasn’t shocked, because I had a message that changes were taking place,” Mientkiewicz said. “I feel bad for the kids who..." September 16

  • Noah Syndergaard could pitch out of bullpen this weekend for Mets

    New York Daily News "Noah Syndergaard could be back as soon as Sunday — well, partially back. The Mets righthander is ready to pitch an inning or two, pitching coach Dan Warthen said. The tentative plan would be for Syndergaard to next pitch an inning in a game, most likely on Sunday. Robert Gsellman is listed as..." September 16

  • Losing pitcher Trevor Bauer has saddest comment about blowing streak

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer has the dubious distinction of being the pitcher to lose the Cleveland Indians’ winning streak. What’s even wilder is that this was actually the second 22-game winning streak that ended on Bauer’s watch. True story. Bauer pitched at UCLA prior to being drafted No. 3 overall by..." September 16

  • Red Sox Fined for Sign-Stealing Violation

    NBC Boston "The New York Post is reporting that the Boston Red Sox have been fined an undisclosed amount for violating the electronics in the dugout rule. Joel Sherman, the Post's national baseball columnist, said the money will be sent to hurricane relief. He said Major League Baseball did not find..." September 15

  • MLB Determines Tigers Did Not Intentionally Plunk Umpire With Pitch

    SI "Did the Tigers intentionally hit an umpire with a pitch after he booted manager Brad Ausmus and catcher James McCann from a game? That's the question before MLB, which according to the Associated Press is reviewing the whole situation to see if Detroit pulled some shenanigans on umpire Quinn..." September 15

  • Cubs' Theo Epstein says bullpen improvement key down the stretch

    ESPN "Exactly one year ago Saturday, Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein, along with other members of the front office, watched from the left-field bleachers as the team played the Milwaukee Brewers at Wrigley Field. The relaxed setting to watch the game was understandable, considering the Cubs had..." September 15

  • Gibbons: Tulowitzki will be Blue Jays' shortstop in 2018

    Fanrag Sports "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons says that the team is committed to Troy Tulowitzki as its starting shortstop heading into the upcoming 2018 season. Although certainly a proven player, the veteran middle infielder has become quite the oft-injured player over the years. In fact, Tulowitzki..." September 15

  • How Tim Tebow became the greatest value in minor league baseball

    ESPN "Tim Tebow contributed to the greatest rise in minor league baseball attendance in 23 years. That number is quite appropriate because only one man, Michael Jordan, has done more for minor league baseball crowds than Tebow did this year. And Jordan -- who wore No. 23 for the NBA's Chicago Bulls..." September 15

  • Jake Arrieta throws off mound; 'pen session next

    MLB.com "Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta threw about 25 pitches off a mound on Thursday, but it wasn't a full-fledged bullpen session, which will come Saturday as the next step in the right-hander's rehab while he works his way back from a right hamstring strain sustained on Sept. 4. "We've been cautious, but..." September 15

  • Mariners activate James Paxton from 10-day DL

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners have officially activated left-handed starting pitcher James Paxton from the team’s 10-day disabled list, the club has formally announced. Paxton, who was placed on the Mariners’ 10-day disabled list back on August 10 due to a strained pectoral muscle, will start against the..." September 15

  • Major League Baseball: still flailing at front office diversity

    Hardball Talk "We’ve written many times about how Major League Baseball has a diversity problem in its front office and executive ranks. General managers are almost all youngish white dudes from Ivy League institutions and they have hired people in their own image for years. That, combined with astoundingly low..." September 15

  • MLB exec believes Orioles have ‘no shot’ of re-signing Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "Manny Machado has been a productive MLB player for the better part of five years, making it impossible to believe he only recently turned 25. He’s the type of player you could build a franchise around for years to come, but are the Baltimore Orioles planning to treat him as such? One MLB..." September 15

  • David Ortiz Wants Baseball Fans to Leave Protests and Politics at Home

    TMZ "David Ortiz wants to make baseball fun again ... and definitely doesn't think unfurling huge protest banners at the ballpark is the way to do it. We got Big Papi at LAX Thursday -- the Red Sox legend tells us he's not down with the Boston fans who brought the controversial banner to the game..." September 15

  • Japanese star Shohei Ohtani not talking about reports he wants to go to U.S. this offseason

    Los Angeles Times "I’d never been a part of anything like this, 20 or so reporters chasing after an athlete into a dark parking lot illuminated only by camera lights. Japanese baseball star Shohei Ohtani ducked into the passenger seat of a car and was driven away into the night. Reporters who were close to him..." September 15

  • MLB investigating whether the Tigers hit umpire Quinn Wolcott on purpose

    Hardball Talk "On Wednesday afternoon, during the Tigers-Indians game, home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott ejected Tigers catcher James McCann and then ejected manager Brad Ausmus over their arguing of balls and strikes. At one point the argument got a bit pointed, with Ausmus suggesting that Wolcott was caught up..." September 15

  • Could Phillies' Rhys Hoskins be next Giambi or Votto?

    Courier-Post "Like anyone who has watched rookie Rhys Hoskins on a daily basis the last five weeks, Phillies hitting coach Matt Stairs has been captivated. Stairs saw hundreds of hitters during his Major League Baseball career that spanned 19 years with 12 different teams. Yet few displayed such a mature..." September 15

  • Yankees' Aaron Judge has morphed back into star of first half

    Newark Star-Ledger "Aaron Judge, one of the first half American League MVP favorites, has returned to form at the right time for the Yankees. As the chase for a postseason berth continues, Judge has regained the form that made him must-watch television for the entire first half of season. That included a pair of..." September 15

  • ‘Shocked’ Dellin Betances still holding grudge against Girardi

    New York Post "Yankees manager Joe Girardi reiterated he would be upset with his pitchers if they were not bothered by being yanked. Suffice to say Girardi wouldn’t be upset with Dellin Betances. One day after he was removed with two out and one on in the eighth inning, Betances still seemed bothered by..." September 15

  • Astros use highly unusual shift against Albert Pujols

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros used an unusual shift to defend against Albert Pujols on Thursday night, and it worked. During Pujols’ at-bat in the bottom of the third, the Astros put three players to the left of second base, moving their shortstop and second baseman to the shallow part of the outfield...." September 15

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