• 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

  • AL West hinges on Yu Darvish return and Rangers swallowing pride on Prince Fielder

    CBS Sports "The Texas Rangers are hitting their stride. They've won five of their past six games, allowing just 16 runs in that stretch ... with nine of those 16 coming Wednesday night, in a game they won handily anyway. Though they still trail the Mariners by a game and a half in the AL West, the Rangers own..." May 27

  • Bradley's hitting streak ends at 29 games

    NESN "All good things must come to an end. Jackie Bradley Jr. got more than halfway to Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak and tied Johnny Damon for fourth on the Red Sox’s all-time list, but the center fielder’s streak ended at 29 games Thursday in an 8-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies. Bradley had..." May 27

  • Pete Rose: I'll stop gambling if that's what MLB wants

    The Score "Pete Rose is willing to stop gambling if it means MLB will recognize him for the Hall of Fame-level player he is. A week before he's set to be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame, the "Hit King" said he'll do whatever it takes to get back into baseball, according to Adam Flango from Cincinnati..." May 27

  • Pirates Announcer Greg Brown Tells Off Tony La Russa, Who Barged Into His Booth Mid-Game

    Deadspin "Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa occupied the Pittsburgh Pirates’ TV broadcast booth during Tuesday’s game after play-by-play announcer Greg Brown said that La Russa had a history of retaliatory pitches during his managerial days. In today’s game, Brown defended his comments and..." May 26

  • Hector Olivera suspended through August 1 under domestic violence policy

    Yahoo! Sports "Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred through August 1 under the league's domestic violence policy. Olivera was arrested in April following a domestic dispute at a hotel in Virginia. He was eventually charged with one..." May 26

  • Report: Odor's suspension reduced to 7 games

    The Score "Rougned Odor's eight game suspension has been cut down to seven after appealing the discipline for his role in a melee between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Odor will begin his suspension Friday, and the club is expected to recall Jurickson..." May 26

  • Joc Pederson: Barry Bonds snubbed me on photo request

    Larry Brown Sports "Joc Pederson, who was born in 1992, grew up watching Barry Bonds do things on a baseball field that most men aren’t capable of. Like many other children of the 1990s and 2000s, Pederson idolized Bonds. Not anymore. Bonds is working as a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins this season. When..." May 26

  • Twins suspend pitching coach Neil Allen after DWI arrest

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins pitching coach Neil Allen has been suspended by the Twins after being arrested early Thursday morning under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will take over as major league pitching coach for the time being. The Twins issued a..." May 26

  • Tigers sign former prospect to contract 62 years after he declined $26,000 offer

    Fox Sports "Each year, the Detroit Tigers sign several players to new contracts, as every team does. But 62 years ago, one man turned down an offer, one that would have netted him $26,000. Earl Robinette was a Tigers prospect with a big outfield arm and switch-hitting ability. He was also a part of a..." May 26

  • Royals’ Mike Moustakas has torn ACL, goes on disabled list

    Kansas City Star "Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the team announced Thursday, an injury that could end his season. Moustakas hasn’t played since Sunday, when he collided with outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to make a catch in foul territory in a..." May 26

  • Chip Hale, Tony La Russa point fingers at Pirates for HBPs

    Arizona Republic "Emotions ran high after a pair of Diamondbacks hitters were struck on the head by pitches from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero on Tuesday night, with Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa going into a Pirates broadcast booth to dispute on-air comments during the game. The finger..." May 26

  • Bradley, Jr. Setting Sights On Nomar And Tris Speaker

    Fenway Nation "With a hit tonight, Jackie Bradley, Jr. will catch two Red Sox legends for the second-longest hitting streak in team history. Both Nomar Garciaparra and Tris Speaker hold 30-game streaks for The Carmine Hose—Nomah in 1997 and Speaker in 1912 (the year Fenway Park was opened). If JBJ connects..." May 26

  • Derek Jeter: My 'ultimate goal' is to own an MLB team

    The Score "For two decades, he was the Captain. Now he wants to be the boss. Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees icon whose storied, 20-year career came to a ceremonious end back in 2014, said Wednesday his "ultimate goal" is to own a Major League Baseball team. "In my mind, this is the greatest sport in..." May 26

  • David Wright: Mets don’t agree with Matt Harvey’s media silence

    New York Post "Matt Harvey’s self-imposed gag order wasn’t a big hit in the Mets clubhouse. For now the struggling pitcher has enough to consider, but Mets captain David Wright indicated Wednesday he may eventually talk to Harvey about his decision the previous night to bolt the clubhouse without speaking to..." May 26

  • No. 2 MLB prospect Urias debuts for LA on Friday

    MLB.com "The Dodgers will promote top pitching prospect Julio Urias before their series with the Mets that opens Friday night in New York, the club announced via Twitter on Thursday. The 19-year-old Urias -- the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game and No. 2 overall prospect according to..." May 26

  • Tigers’ Al Avila speaks in support of Brad Ausmus

    Today's Knuckleball "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been the subject of several recent rumors, his job security supposedly in question as Detroit has gotten out to a slow 22-22 start to the season. Now the team’s first-year General Manager, Al Avila, has spoken on MLB Network radio in support of Ausmus. Avila..." May 26

  • Chip Hale: Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller still has finger issue

    Arizona Republic "In the first mention of Shelby Miller’s health since the middle of April, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the struggling right-hander is still dealing with discomfort in his right pointer finger, the same one he banged on the ground on the mound last month. Miller was hit hard again on..." May 26

  • Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman’s Bat Has Been Absent When It Matters Most

    Tomahawk Take "Freddie Freeman is no doubt the most beloved Atlanta Brave currently. He’s Braves fans link to the past and hope for the future. Freeman is batting .256 on the year after a terrible start. .256 alone is not concerning. It is, after all, May still. But it’s HOW Freeman is batting .256 which is..." May 26

  • Blue Jays GM: John Gibbons is ‘absolutely part of the solution’

    Sportsnaut "At 22-25 and in last place in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of baseball’s most disappointing teams. But general manager Ross Atkins does not see manager John Gibbons as part of the problem. Actually, the Blue Jays front office has the exact opposite feeling. It’s not..." May 26

  • Vin Scully declines Fox’s All-Star Game invitation

    SI "This column comes bearing bad news: Vin Scully has officially turned down an offer from Fox Sports to be part of its MLB All-Star Game coverage on July 12. Brad Zager, an executive vice president of production and operations for Fox Sports, spoke with Scully at Dodgers Stadium on May 17 at..." May 25

  • Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled

    New York Post "The joke, of course, is that any of this would be remotely surprising by now. The Mets have abided by the Harvey Rules from Day 1, have tread lightly around him, have allowed him the kind of leeway and latitude that should never be afforded someone with 75 career starts, no matter how promising he..." May 25

  • Jonny Gomes retires, source says

    MLB Daily Dish "Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has decided to retire, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Gomes recently returned to the United States after a brief stint with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Gomes, 35, retires after 13 major-league seasons with the Rays (2003-08), Reds..." May 25

  • Yu Darvish remaining calm -- for now -- as his return to the mound for Rangers nears

    Sports Day "Yu Darvish completed preparations for his return to the Texas Rangers' rotation with an uneventful bullpen session on Wednesday. Darvish will start on Saturday against Pittsburgh at Globe Life Park. It will be his first major-league start since Aug. 9, 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery on..." May 25

  • The Twins are unquestionably the saddest team in baseball

    SB Nation "Back in February, I asked you which bad team you would watch on purpose. I made the case for the Phillies, Braves, Brewers and Reds and included a poll. I settled on the Phillies. A plurality of you settled on the Phillies. The Phillies have been, absolutely, the most fun of those teams to watch...." May 25

  • The shocking, swift decline of Shelby Miller

    The Comeback "The Arizona Diamondbacks have not had the type of year they envisioned back during the course of the winter. Those words have been written and stated verbally in some order and some fashion countless times as we approach the two-month mark of the season. While there’s still plenty of time to hope..." May 25

  • Blue Jays to activate Devon Travis

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly welcome back a familiar face to their roster Wednesday, as the club is calling up second baseman Devon Travis following a nine-game minor-league rehab stint, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. " May 25

  • The Royals and Cardinals make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that they have acquired minor league outfielder Jose Martinez from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Martinez was the 2015 Pacific Coast League batting champ, hitting .384 in 98 games. This year he’s hitting .298/.356/.433 in 37 games. He..." May 25

  • Matt Harvey will remain in Mets rotation, manager Terry Collins says

    USA Today "Matt Harvey, mired in the worst three-start stretch of his career, will remain in the New York Mets' rotation, manager Terry Collins announced Wednesday morning, hours after Harvey was hit hard by the division rival Washington Nationals for the second time in less than a week. The erstwhile..." May 25

  • Yasiel Puig was benched after failure to run out of the batter's box

    Orange County Register "How many Dodgers pitchers does it take to screw in a light bulb? It took five pitchers Tuesday night to do – sort of – what Clayton Kershaw did much more impressively all by himself one night earlier. The relay team combined to hold the woeful Cincinnati Reds to three hits as the Dodgers won,..." May 25

  • Is Aledmys Diaz the Next in Long Line of MLB's Shortstop Stars?

    Bleacher Report "Aledmys Diaz has already done one thing that's hard to do in today's MLB: emerge as a surprise star. Now all he needs to do is prove this is for real. For the moment, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie shortstop is so much more than a mere stand-in for the injured Jhonny Peralta. He's hitting..." May 25

  • Rangers capping Darvish at 90 pitches in return

    The Score "The Texas Rangers are going to ease Yu Darvish back into the bigs. Pitching coach Doug Brocail told reporters Tuesday that upon Darvish's much-anticipated return on Saturday against the Pirates, the Rangers will limit him to 85-90 pitches. "That would be a good pitch count," Brocail said...." May 25

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista has suspension appeal hearing Thursday

    Toronto Star "It will be an early wake-up call and a busy morning for Jose Bautista on Thursday, as he has an in-person hearing scheduled at MLB headquarters in downtown Manhattan followed by the Blue Jays’ series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bautista is appealing his one-game suspension for..." May 24

  • Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

    The Outside Corner "When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler..." May 24