CBSSports.com "Last Friday, Alex Rodriguez hit his 660th career home run, tying Willie Mays for fourth place on the all-time list. He hit the homer at Fenway Park and the fan who caught the ball, a local man named Mike Shuster, said he wouldn't give it to A-Rod. The Yankees tried and failed to get the ball..." May 05
Tampa Bay Times "Rays RHP Alex Cobb's season may be very much in jeopardy. Informed speculation is that a new more detailed MRI revealed a partial tear in his elbow ligament, which in the short term puts him on a program of rest and treatment and longer-term could lead to surgery. Cobb could undergo various..." May 05
MLB.com "Wrigley Field will nearly be back to normal with the opening of the left and center field bleachers on Monday. The opening of the left and center field bleachers will coincide with Cubs Charities’ “Pink Out,” presented by Advocate Health Care. Each fan in the bleachers that day will receive a pink..." May 05
Hardball Talk "Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports that the Marlins were not able to find a trade for catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia after designating him for assignment last week, meaning they will outright release him. Miami cut Saltalamacchia loose with about $15 million remaining on a three-year, $21..." May 05
Courier-Post "Chad Billingsley was all smiles Monday as he discussed his long awaited return to a big league mound.Billingsley starts Tuesday against the Braves, which will be his first MLB start since April 15, 2013 when he was with the Dodgers. It’s been a long journey for Billingsley to get back to the..." May 05
The Brewers have made clear to other teams assessing possible trade options: They are not willing to deal catcher Jonathan Lucroy.
Hearing earliest David Wright might return is middle of next week at Chicago, but more likely may be back home at Citi Field vs. Brewers.
Hanley listed day-to-day for now. Red Sox will know more over next few days
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.
rougned odor (.146) is a candidate for demotion. was called up at age 20 last year. a bit of seasoning may be in order.
CBSSports.com "Earlier this week the Padres shook up their catching tandem by calling up top prospect Austin Hedges, who will split time with Derek Norris. Despite a .914 OPS in 21 Triple-A games this year, Hedges' calling card is his elite defense. The Padres made the decison to call the 22-year-old Hedges..." May 05
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 05
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
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
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
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
Rendon back in DC today having left side examined by #Nats team doctor. He's day to day until there's a full diagnosis.
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
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
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
Good news on #Brewers SS Jean Segura. CT scan negative. Might be able to avoid the DL.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Total speculation: When the Brewers' push to reset their roster happens, Adam Lind could be an attractive option for the Pirates.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
The #Brewers, 5-18, are letting teams know they will make their veterans available on trade market: Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Aramis Ramirez.
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
Balfour confirms he has agreed to a minor-league deal with #Rays.
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.
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
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
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