• New FA rules add twist to Trade Deadline strategy

    MLB.com "At this time each year, baseball observers commence the ritual of separating the sport into "buyers" and "sellers" ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. In 2017, additional terminology is required. Major League Baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement has transformed the selling..." May 24

  • Atkins: Jays focus on 'adding and winning'

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed 14 different players on the disabled list already this season and sit last in the American League East. Still, general manager Ross Atkins has no plans to become a seller this year, instead he says the team is looking to add to reach the playoffs for a third..." May 24

  • Jason Heyward credits yoga, meditation for early-season rebound

    SI "Two weeks after he gave one of the most famous speeches in baseball history, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward departed for Arizona to try to put himself back together again. The best word to describe Heyward as a ballplayer was "broken." A .230 hitter during the regular season and a .104 hitter in..." May 24

  • 10 best young players in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 MLB regular season is nearly two months old and perhaps more than anything else, it’s clear the new crop of talent is among the best we’ve seen in years, if not decades. Young stars line rosters, rookies are the center of attention, and that has created a universal excitement around the..." May 24

  • Manfred wants regular-season games in Mexico City as MLB mulls expansion

    MLB.com "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the time had come to play regular-season games in Mexico City as Major League Baseball weighs international expansion. "We think it's time to move past exhibition games and play real live 'they-count' games in Mexico," Manfred said. "That is the kind..." May 24

  • Michael Bourn opts out of his minor league deal with the Orioles

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder Michael Bourn was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Orioles late last season and hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with them through the end of the season. While that’s not enough to outweigh the miserable season he had in Arizona, it was enough to get the O’s to give..." May 24

  • Phillies could make play for Harper

    Fanrag Sports "The prevailing thought is that if Bryce Harper leaves the Washington Nationals as a free agent following next season, he likely will wind up landing with the New York Yankees. Though the right fielder grew up in Las Vegas, he was a Yankees fan. The Yankees also figure to have enough money..." May 24

  • Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year. Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. " May 24

  • Terry Francona: Encarnacion is 'getting more dangerous'

    MLB.com "The Indians have been waiting for big offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion to let his power emerge. Encarnacion broke it out in a big way on Tuesday as he slugged two home runs in Cleveland's 8-7 win over the Reds to help split the two Ohio Cup games at Great American Ball Park. "I think..." May 24

  • Homer Simpson will be 'inducted' into Baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday

    CBS Sports "Here's your unexpected statement of the day: Homer Simpson will be "inducted" into Baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend. You read that correctly. Cooperstown is opening its doors to America's favorite cartoon family on Saturday as part of a larger celebration of the show, specifically the..." May 24

  • Contract that sent Babe Ruth to Yankees hits auction block

    New York Post "The contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees — sparking the “Curse of the Bambino” — has hit the auction block, along with his 1927 World Series ring. The nearly 100-year-old document is being offered up by Lelands.com in their first Annual Invitational Auction. Bidding..." May 24

  • Reds’ Joey Votto shuts down heckler with “I remember when you used to be thin”

    The Comeback "Professional athletes often face hecklers, but few have as good of a response as Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto did Monday night in Cleveland against the Indians. While Votto was in the on-deck circle, a nearby fan yelled at him “I remember when you used to be good,” and he shot back..." May 24

  • Dave Dombrowski denies report on John Farrell's imminent firing

    Boston Globe "Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski tersely shot down via a text to the Globe a rumor about John Farrell possibly getting fired, then elaborated on NESN’s pregame show Tuesday before the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 11-6, at Fenway Park. Asked why Farrell was still the..." May 24

  • ‘False alarm’ disrupts Pirates-Braves at SunTrust Park

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The scoreboard at SunTrust Park briefly flashed an emergency message during the Braves game on Tuesday that later was said to be a false alarm. During the third inning of the Braves-Pirates game, a scoreboard message indicated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that the..." May 24

  • Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig hurt in nasty collision

    Larry Brown Sports "Joc Pederson and Yasiel Puig were both hurt after colliding while pursuing a ball hit to right-center during the 10th inning of Tuesday’s Dodgers-Cardinals game. Yadier Molina was up with nobody on and two outs in the top of the 10th and smoked a ball to deep right-center. Puig and Pederson..." May 24

  • Mets’ Jay Bruce exits early with back tightness, replaced by Juan Lagares

    New York Daily News "It never ends with the Mets. Jay Bruce left Tuesday night's game after the fifth inning with what the team announced as "back tightness." The right fielder said his left lower back had been tight on him all day and he could not get it to loosen. Bruce, however, said he was hopeful that this is..." May 24

  • Mariners activate Robinson Cano from disabled list

    Fanrag Sports "The Seattle Mariners announced on Tuesday that they have activated second baseman Robinson Cano, who was dealing with a right quad strain, from the 10-day disabled list. During Monday’s off day, the club optioned pitcher Chris Heston, catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and infielder Daniel Vogelbach to..." May 23

  • Trevor Story activated from disabled list, won't start Tuesday for Rockies

    Number Fire "Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story is not in the starting lineup on Tuesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. WHAT IT MEANS: Story was activated from the disabled list Tuesday afternoon after missing two weeks due to a strain in his left shoulder. Alexi Amarista will draw another..." May 23

  • Is John Farrell Officially On Hot Seat As Red Sox Manager?

    CBS Boston "The Boston Red Sox are not quite floundering, but at 22-21 on the year, they’re not excelling either. Might it be time for a shake-up? According to speculation from The Boston Globe’s Pete Abraham, a change in manager may be on the table — with “may” being the key word. While Abraham did not..." May 23

  • Yankees among groups to boycott New York City's Puerto Rican Day Parade

    USA Today "The New York Yankees joined the Fire Department of New York City and other high-profile organizations in dropping out of the Puerto Rican Day Parade in response to parade organizers’ plans to honor freed militant Oscar Lopez Rivera. The Yankees organization didn’t elaborate on its decision, but..." May 23

  • Padres, MLB issue statements on drone incident at Sunday’s game

    Sportress of Blogitude "Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres have both issued statements to address an incident Sunday that could have proved dangerous when a drone crashed into the stands at Petco Park, nearly hitting fans. The crash occurred during the seventh inning of the Padres’ game against the Arizona..." May 23

  • Former Tigers OF Anthony Gose throws 99 mph in minor league pitching debut

    ESPN "Anthony Gose, a former major league outfielder who was converted to a pitcher earlier this year, was clocked throwing 99 mph in his minor league pitching debut Monday, according to a Detroit Tigers official. Dan Lauer, the assistant general manager for the Tigers' Class-A affiliate, tweeted..." May 23

  • Red Sox players feel John Farrell does not back them enough in media

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox have far too talented of a roster to be hovering around the .500 mark this far into the season, and that typically does not bode well for the manager. If the team can’t turn things around in the coming weeks, John Farrell could be on his way out. In a column that examines why..." May 23

  • Braves AAA team announces rebrand, claims fans confused them for MLB team

    The Comeback "The Atlanta Braves farm system is heavy on talent, but light on creativity. Three of their four full-season (and all of their partial season) affiliated teams have the nickname “Braves”. This makes sense, given that the organization owns those three teams and wanted to implement a uniform branding..." May 23

  • Charlie Sheen working on ‘Major League 3’ with entire original cast

    Larry Brown Sports "One of the best baseball movies ever created could be coming back for another installment, and Charlie Sheen says almost all of our favorite characters from the original film are going to be involved. Sheen, known to “Major League” fans as Wild Thing, spoke with TMZ this week and said he has..." May 23

  • Contract sending Babe Ruth from Red Sox to Yankees at auction

    ESPN "One of the most famous documents in sports is going up for auction. The sales contract of Babe Ruth, forged in December 1919, that sent the pitcher and slugger from the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees is being sold by auctioneer Lelands.com. Lelands' Josh Evans said the document being..." May 23

  • Anibal Sanchez accepts optional assignment to Triple-A

    Hardball Talk "The Tigers announced on Monday that pitcher Anibal Sanchez has accepted an optional assignment to Triple-A Toledo. Pitcher Warwick Saupold was recalled from Toledo to take Sanchez’s roster spot. Sanchez, 33, continued to struggle this season pitching out of the bullpen. He gave up 26 runs (21..." May 23

  • Don't think the Mets will promote Tim Tebow? Here's why it could happen soon

    CBS Sports "NFL quarterback-turned-Mets outfield prospect Tim Tebow smacked his third home run of the season for the low Class A Columbia Fireflies. It was Tebow's first home run since April 9, the third game of the season. The 29-year-old Tebow went 2 for 4 with the home run, a double and two strikeouts,..." May 23

  • Yankees in weird position of counting on Michael Pineda

    New York Post "Michael Pineda is — of all things — the consistent, dependable member of the Yankee rotation. I know no one who has followed his Yankee career is going to buy stock in that continuing, but where exactly would the team be without his 2017 reliability? Almost certainly not in first..." May 23

  • Swanson refuses Inciarte's proposed 5-hit bet, saves his luscious locks

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ender Inciarte had a feeling when he got to SunTrust Park on Monday. He’d never had five hits in his major league career, but the Braves center fielder had a feeling. So he proposed a bet with Braves rookie shortstop Dansby Swanson, whose glorious hair – his “flow” – has become..." May 23

  • Orioles' Jimenez facing rotation questions after another rough start

    Baltimore Sun "Out of another spring of short starts by right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez has grown the seemingly annual ritual of questioning just how long the Orioles can sustain keeping Jimenez in the team’s starting rotation. Jimenez failed to get a batter out in the fifth inning in Monday night’s ugly 14-7..." May 23

  • David 'Grandpa' Ross awarded perfect score in DWTS finale

    MLB.com "After an inspiring run that kept us all glued to our television sets or mobile devices every Monday, Cubs World Series hero David Ross made it to the "Dancing with the Stars" finale -- which will be broken up into two parts. (The voting lines are open now, by the way, and will close at 8 p.m. ET..." May 23

  • Has Mike Trout somehow gotten better?

    USA Today "This weekend, Mike Trout made his first regular-season visit to Citi Field and his first appearance at the Mets’ home park since the 2013 All-Star Game. On Friday afternoon, Trout spent some time in the visitors’ dugout facing a horde of New York media and cheerfully but uninterestingly answering..." May 22

  • Baseball may soon enter an era of two-way players

    The Comeback "On Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported that the Dodgers could ask reserve outfielder Brett Eibner to dust off his college fastball and log some innings on the mound. According to the Times, Eibner has already thrown some bullpen sessions in hopes of building arm strength and developing..." May 22

  • Here's the David Robertson trade the Nats, White Sox were reportedly close to making

    CBS Sports "The Washington Nationals need bullpen help. You know it, we know it , they know it, everyone knows it. What everyone didn't know is how close the Nationals came to acquiring Chicago White Sox closer David Robertson prior to spring training -- and what they were willing to give up in order to..." May 22

  • Yelich perplexed by Marlins' struggles: 'You think I imagined (losing) 20 of 25?'

    Miami Herald "The Marlins haven’t won back-to-back games in a month of Sundays. That’s right. The Marlins have gone four weeks since posting back-to-back wins, with the last instance coming on April 23 — a Sunday. The drought didn’t end Sunday when, one night after taking down the Dodgers, they..." May 22

  • Jose Quintana says duel with Chris Sale ‘would be awesome’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jose Quintana and Chris Sale are two starts away from squaring off when the White Sox play the Red Sox on May 30 at Guaranteed Rate Field. Sale’s presence alone, pitching against his old team, will make for one of the more anticipated events of the Sox’ season. Going up against Quintana, who..." May 22

  • Tigers' Ausmus: If Miggy were stealing signs, he wouldn't be blatant about it

    Detroit Free Press "It was more than just an ordinary back-and-forth between a runner and a pitcher. But that's the case anytime Detroit Tigers All-Star Miguel Cabrera is involved. Cabrera, who went 3-for-4 with an RBI in the Tigers' 5-2 loss Sunday at Comerica Park got into a bit of a shouting match with Rangers..." May 22

  • Nationals GM Mike Rizzo promises to fix leaky bullpen

    Sporting News "The Nationals' 3-2 sweep-averting win Sunday in Atlanta was closed out on a four-out save by rookie Koda Glover, but it still shined a light on the NL East leaders' weakest link: that bullpen. Dusty Baker let Stephen Strasburg throw 118 pitches, the second time in four stats he's thrown so..." May 22

  • Miguel Cabrera, Sam Dyson at odds over sign stealing accusation

    Yardbarker "Miguel Cabrera and Sam Dyson were at odds on Sunday night over some sign stealing accusations. The Detroit Tigers slugger was on second base after doubling in the bottom of the seventh with one out. While on second, Miggy seemed to motion about Dyson throwing a changeup. Dyson was not happy..." May 22

  • Eric Gagne is ending his comeback attempt

    Hardball Talk "SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that reliever Eric Gagne is ending his attempt to make it back to the major leagues. Gagne will now focus on coaching. Gagne, 41, signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League, but struggled. He gave up five runs (two earned) on three..." May 22

  • Tim Tebow ties Michael Jordan's home run total

    Sporting News "Tim Tebow hit his third home run of the year on Sunday with the Mets’ Class-A Columbia Fireflies. The blast snapped his 31-game home run drought. The 29-year-old now shares the same home run total as Michael Jordan, according to ESPN Stats and Info:" May 22

  • Buster Posey on argument with Brandon Belt: “That’s something we’ll handle together”

    San Jose Mercury News "What exactly was going on between Buster Posey and Brandon Belt in the handshake line after the Giants’ 3-1, 13-inning victory Saturday night? Posey and Belt appeared to stare down one another. Then Posey scowled and appeared to snap at Belt. Posey also spent a moment looking upset while..." May 22

  • Yankees top prospect Gleyber Torres is one step closer to reaching the major leagues

    CBS Sports "Thanks in part to young players like Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez, the New York Yankees are in first place in the AL East following Sunday's win over the Tampa Bay Rays (NY 3, TB 2). Many figured this would be a down year for the Yankees as they moved forward with their youth movement. That hasn't..." May 22

  • How did Tigers backup catcher Alex Avila become one of the best hitters around (for now)?

    Detroit Free Press "How did he do this? How did Alex Avila climb to the top of the major league standings? Why is he hitting the ball so well? Maybe, it’s because he is healthy. Maybe, it’s because he’s more aggressive. Maybe, it’s because he has a more consistent swing. Maybe, it’s because he’s spraying the..." May 22

  • Zack Wheeler’s innings limit could affect pitching-thin Mets

    Newsday "Back in mid-February, when the Mets first floated the idea of a 125-inning limit on Zack Wheeler for 2017, it didn’t feel like such a monumental concern. Wheeler, coming off a complicated two-year rehab from Tommy John surgery, had yet to earn a rotation spot. There even was serious discussion..." May 21

  • Maddon: 'We just haven't played our game yet'

    MLB.com "Joe Maddon isn't fretting his team's slow start. It's just the opposite, actually. With Saturday's game postponed due to weather, the Cubs' manager took advantage of the off-day. His schedule consisted of some rest and relaxation, even though the downpour didn't quite materialize in the way it..." May 21

  • Brewers upset with Cubs after Saturday’s questionable rainout

    Larry Brown Sports "Only a few short hours before Saturday’s scheduled first pitch, the Chicago Cubs called to reschedule their game against the Milwaukee Brewers due to an unfavorable weather forecast. The postponement was granted, but then the rain stopped falling. In fact, it hardly sprinkled again for the..." May 21

  • Red Sox reportedly scouting White Sox's Todd Frazier

    CBS Sports "Regarding the contending Red Sox, the rebuilding White Sox, and the former's third base troubles, here's a nugget from Nick Cafardo's must-read Sunday Notes column in the Boston Globe ... Yes, the Red Sox have been scouting Frazier given their tenuous third base situation and the fact they..." May 21

  • Ali and Tommy Joseph: Officer and a first baseman

    USA Today "Ali Joseph estimates she's helped deliver nearly 240 babies. A 1st Lt. in the United States Air Force, Joseph has served as a labor and delivery nurse for the last four years at Eglin Air Force Base Hospital in Destin, Florida. Since becoming an active duty service member in 2013, Joseph,..." May 21

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