• Bryce Harper sets MLB record for runs in April

    MLB.com "Bryce Harper's torrid first month of the season has ended in record-breaking fashion. The Nationals' right fielder scored four times in Sunday's 23-5 victory over the Mets, increasing his number of runs scored through in April to 32 and surpassing the Major League record of 29 set by Larry..." April 30

  • Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

    Hardball Talk "Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the..." April 30

  • Rendon 13th player in MLB history with 10 RBI in single game

    Sportsnaut "Washington Nationals third baseman Anthony Rendon entered Sunday’s game against the New York Mets with just five RBI on the season. By the end of the day, he had tripled that total by becoming the 13th man in MLB history with 10-plus RBI in a single game. Aided in part by three home runs, which..." April 30

  • Blue Jays manager Gibbons calls for suspension of Rays’ Archer

    Sportsnet "John Gibbons doesn’t like when his star players are targeted by the other teams’ pitchers. During the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game between the Toronto Blue Jays and Tampa Bay Rays, starting pitcher Chris Archer threw a first-pitch fastball behind the back of slugger Jose..." April 30

  • Brewers Ryan Braun exits against Braves with apparent injury

    Fanrag Sports "Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun exited Sunday’s game against the Atlanta Braves with the reasoning yet to surface. Eric Thames took his teammate’s place in left field and Jesus Aguilar entered to take Thames’ spot at first. Braun left the game 0-for-3 with one run scored. Milwaukee was..." April 30

  • Aaron Sanchez exits game after one inning with a split fingernail

    Hardball Talk "This wasn’t how Aaron Sanchez was supposed to make his triumphant return from the disabled list. The Blue Jays’ right-hander was activated for his first start on Sunday after undergoing a minor surgical procedure to have part of his fingernail removed. According to MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm, the..." April 30

  • Noah Syndergaard Leaves Start With Apparent Injury

    MLB Trade Rumors "In what could be a disastrous turn of events for the Mets, ace Noah Syndergaard left his start against the Nationals on Sunday after 1 1/3 innings with an apparent injury. The right-hander grabbed his biceps as he walked off the mound with a trainer, David Lennon of Newsday was among those to..." April 30

  • Mets say tests on Yoenis Cespedes’ hamstring reveal no serious damage

    New York Daily News "The Mets think Yoenis Cespedes’ strained hamstring is not as bad as it initially looked. Sandy Alderson said Saturday that tests done on the left hamstring showed no serious damage and they are hopeful he will be ready to return early next month. “We don’t think it’s severe,” the Mets GM said..." April 30

  • Just 24 Games In & Eric Thames Has Been Given 4th Drug Test of 2017

    Total Pro Sports "The Milwaukee Brewers have played 24 games so far this year and have won 12 and lost 12 as they are the epitome of an average team. Brewers 1b Eric Thames is clearly doing his part as he’s blasted 11 homeruns in just 22 games played and while the long balls continue to pile up, so does the..." April 30

  • Blue Jays activate Aaron Sanchez from DL, option Matt Dermody

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have activated pitcher Aaron Sanchez from the disabled list to start Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Sanchez had been dealing with a blister issue and had not pitched in a game since April 14. The right-hander was the American League ERA leader last season. In a..." April 30

  • Gary Sanchez takes last test before rehab assignment begins

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez took what the Yankees hope is the final step Saturday before the catcher begins a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday night. Sanchez started taking batting practice on the field in Boston on Thursday night. Saturday morning, Sanchez threw to bases for the first time since going..." April 30

  • Albert Pujols mocks Rangers pitcher after beef

    Larry Brown Sports "Albert Pujols mocked Texas Rangers pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez after Saturday’s 6-3 loss in Arlington. During the top of the 4th inning, Pujols was facing Yu Darvish with an 0-1 count when the Rangers pitcher buzzed him with a pitch up and in. Pujols ducked out of the way but had words with some..." April 30

  • Freddie Freeman tweaks Miller Park as 'bad-lit Little League field'

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Freddie Freeman had a game-winning home run in the ninth inning Friday against the Brewers to continue his run of robust hitting at Miller Park, but it did nothing to change his opinion of the place and his comfort level hitting there. “No. I think it’s a bad-lit Little League field,” Freeman..." April 30

  • Joe Maddon's advice to struggling Cubs youngsters: 'Try to keep anger out of it'

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon sensed there would be some rough patches that his young players would experience, even after many of them excelled during their run to the 2016 World Series title. That moment has arrived, and Maddon is the least surprised. "Even coming off a World Series victory,..." April 30

  • Nationals Interested In Kelvin Herrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "Barring a turnaround over the next couple months, the 7-15 Royals will be prime candidates to sell several veterans prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. One of those players could be closer Kelvin Herrera, who’s already drawing the Nationals’ interest, reports FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal..." April 30

  • Brandon Crawford moved to DL, MRI reveals just a strain

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants moved shortstop Brandon Crawford from the bereavement list to the disabled list Saturday, although manager Bruce Bochy said the MRI that Crawford had on his right groin the day before did not reveal anything more than a mild strain. Crawford’s injury needs more time to heal than the..." April 30

  • Sources: Nationals CF Adam Eaton done for season with torn left ACL

    ESPN "Washington Nationals center fielder Adam Eaton, who was carried off the field Friday, has a torn left ACL and will not play again this season, sources told ESPN, confirming multiple reports. The team announced earlier Saturday that Eaton had been placed on the disabled list with what was..." April 30

  • Ian Desmond likely to make Rockies debut Sunday, in left field, not at first base

    Denver Post "“Starting in left field for the Colorado Rockies, No. 20 … Ian Desmond.” That wasn’t the scenario the Rockies envisioned when they signed Desmond to a five-year, $70 million contract to be their starting first baseman. However, that’s the announcement likely to come over the public address..." April 30

  • D-Backs' Miller opts for Tommy John surgery

    Sporting News "Shelby Miller's tenure with the Diamondbacks has been a volatile one to say the least, and it just got a little worse. The 26-year-old who was traded to the D-Backs last season for former Top-5 prospect Dansby Swanson confirmed he will undergo Tommy John surgery, ending his 2017 season. It..." April 29

  • Sandy Alderson: Syndergaard's call to skip MRI on arm

    ESPN "New York Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said Saturday that it was unusual for a player to refuse an MRI, as Noah Syndergaard did Friday, but noted "I can't strap him down and throw him in the tube." Syndergaard is scheduled to start Sunday after being pulled from his start Thursday with..." April 29

  • MLB Great Tim Hudson 'My Son Isn't Allowed To Pitch ... My Wife Won't Let Him'

    TMZ "Hope ex-MLB pitcher Tim Hudson doesn't have dreams of watching his son strike out major leaguers like he used to, cause his wife made it clear to TMZ Sports, SHE AIN'T HAVING IT. Tim and the fam were out at The Ivy when we asked the brood if there were any future baseball players in the bunch..." April 29

  • Madison Bumgarner's shoulder injury likely to keep him out until after the All-Star break

    CBS Sports "When Giants ace Madison Bumgarner first injured his throwing shoulder in a dirt bike accident earlier this week, the team expected him to be out six to eight weeks. Bumgarner and the Giants got worse news Friday. As MLB.com's Chris Haft writes, Bumgarner has been diagnosed with a Grade 2..." April 29

  • Felix Hernandez, Mitch Haniger expected to miss 3-4 weeks for Mariners

    Larry Brown Sports "If the Seattle Mariners are going to turn things around in the early going this season, they’ll have to do it without two of their top players. The Mariners announced on Friday that pitcher Felix Hernandez and outfielder Mitch Haniger are expected to miss 3-4 weeks with injuries. Haniger was..." April 29

  • Yu Darvish, pitching ace, saver of dogs

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Yu Darvish, pitching ace, Japanese icon and dog saver. After seeing a tweet Thursday night about a female blue pit bull named Sage a day from heading to the pound, Darvish adopted her. He now has six dogs, including one he adopted in 2014 when teammate Tanner Scheppers found a stray. “She’s..." April 29

  • Rays acquire RHP Drew Smith from Tigers

    Hardball Talk "The Rays acquired minor league reliever Drew Smith from the Tigers on Friday, per a team announcement. The move will close the loop on the trade the two teams began in January for backup outfielder Mikie Mahtook. Smith, 23, pitched his first full season in Single-A West Michigan in 2016,..." April 29

  • Aaron Judge breaks record with home run speed

    Yardbarker "Aaron Judge isn’t just an ordinary power hitter. He is a slugger in a body-builder’s body, much like Giancarlo Stanton. And the data supports that. Judge smacked two home runs for the New York Yankees on Friday night against the Orioles. The first was a solo shot. The second was an absolute..." April 29

  • Adam Eaton carried off field with apparent ankle injury

    Sporting News "Nationals outfielder Adam Eaton was carried off the field during Friday's 7-5 loss to the Mets with an apparent ankle injury. Eaton beat out a ball in the ninth inning for an infield single, but he immediately went down in a heap clutching his leg. He was unable to walk off the field under his..." April 29

  • Albert Pujols becomes all-time RBI leader among players born outside U.S.

    MLB.com "Albert Pujols hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the eighth inning to lift the Angels to a 6-3 victory over the Rangers at Globe Life Park on Friday night. The Angels have now won five straight, while the Rangers have lost three of four. The home run, coming off Rangers reliever Jeremy Jeffress..." April 29

  • Epstein told Rizzo he would reacquire him after dealing him from Red Sox

    Boston Globe "The list of Cubs players and officials with ties to the Red Sox is long, creating an atmosphere and a sort of reunion when the reigning champions spend the next three games in Boston. Theo Epstein and Jon Lester, in many ways, are the headliners of the reunion tour, but many, many others who were..." April 28

  • Blue Jays DFA struggling Saltalamacchia

    MLB.com "Jarrod Saltalamacchia's brief tenure with the Blue Jays has come to an end after the veteran catcher was designated for assignment on Friday afternoon. Luke Maile was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo to take over Saltalamacchia's role as Toronto's primary backup to Russell Martin. The..." April 28

  • Must-read: A profile on former Rays prospect Brandon Martin, currently in jail for alleged murders of three men

    Los Angeles Times "Paul Gamache saw the first body when the Corona police sergeant stepped into the two-story house with pink and yellow flowers decorating the front porch and views of the Santa Ana Mountains. So much blood coated the man sprawled on the carpet and tile in the living room that the officer..." April 28

  • Struggling Francisco Rodriguez’s job seems to be secure

    Detroit Free Press "Francisco Rodriguez wasn't the reason the Detroit Tigers lost to the Mariners on Thursday. That, as manager Brad Ausmus fact-checked a reporter, fell on the flat offense. But the veteran closer again couldn't get the job done in the ninth inning, taking the loss and looking no different than he..." April 28

  • MLB remains only major pro sport in USA where players are shamed for playing better

    CBS Sports "Brewers slugger Eric Thames is off to a ridiculous start in his return from three stellar seasons in Korea. Heading into Thursday, Thames is hitting .370/.489/.904 with 11 homers, 19 RBI and 27 runs. He leads the majors in runs, home runs, slugging and OPS. Given that Thames was a career..." April 28

  • Pedro: I would've drilled Machado, if I were pitching

    Boston Herald "Pedro Martinez would have drilled Manny Machado. He just would have approached it differently than Matt Barnes did last weekend when his throw went behind Machado's head in the fallout of the spiking that injured Dustin Pedroia. "I would react the same way except I would try to keep the ball..." April 28

  • Jeter, Bush trying to raise nearly $1 billion in cash for Marlins

    Fox Business "There are nearly one billion reasons why the Jeter-Bush team may not win the Miami Marlins after-all. Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush face the herculean task of having to raise nearly $1 billion in cash from outside investors if they want to complete their planned purchase of the Miami Marlins, a..." April 28

  • Tagg Romney-Tom Glavine group still alive for Marlins ownership

    CBS Sports "At some point in 2017 (or maybe 2018, but hopefully the process doesn't drag on that long), the Marlins will be sold from the ownership of Jeffrey Loria. Several days ago, reports indicated that the group headed up by former Florida governor Jeb Bush and future MLB Hall of Famer and former Yankees..." April 28

  • Padres' Bethancourt ends hybrid experiment, to pitch full time in minors

    San Diego Union-Tribune "In a phone call with General Manager A.J. Preller on Wednesday, Christian Bethancourt communicated a desire to keep going. The Padres’ attempt at making him into a reliever-catcher-outfielder hybrid had fizzled at the major league level. Now, he will continue his development on the mound with..." April 28

  • Adrian Beltre may not return to the Rangers until June

    Hardball Talk "Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is nursing a calf injury, an issue that plagued him starting early in spring training. At first, the hope was that he’d be ready by the regular season, then at some point in April, then at some point in May. According to MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan, however, even a..." April 28

  • Xander Bogaerts admits the struggling Red Sox offense misses David Ortiz

    Fox Sports "The Boston Red Sox have a problem: They can’t score. In their past five losses – including back-to-back setbacks at Fenway Park to the New York Yankees – the Red Sox have scored two runs or fewer. They’ve been shut out three times in their past seven games, and they rank 24th in the majors in..." April 28

  • Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller has torn UCL and is facing Tommy John surgery

    CBS Sports "At 14-9, the Arizona Diamondbacks are off to a far better than expected start to the season. Alas, the D-Backs received some bad news on Thursday. Right-handed starter Shelby Miller, who left his most recent start with what was described as a strained forearm, has officially been diagnosed with..." April 28

  • Matt Harvey barely received any notice about surprise start

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Harvey made a surprise start off for the New York Mets on Thursday — one that even caught him off guard. Harvey allowed six runs over 4.1 innings in a loss to the Braves, as he surrendered five hits and five walks. He did not look like himself, and that could be attributed to the lack of..." April 28

  • Didi Gregorius to make season debut for Yankees on Friday against Orioles, Gary Sanchez nearing return

    New York Daily News "Didi Gregorius will return to the Yankees and make his season debut Friday against the Orioles at Yankee Stadium. The 27-year-old shortstop has been out with a right shoulder strain. Gregorius has yet to play for the Bombers this season after getting hurt while playing for the Netherlands in..." April 28

  • Potential No. 1 pick Hunter Greene won't pitch again before MLB draft

    Baseball America "Hunter Greene, the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft class, confirmed in a telephone interview that he is officially done pitching for the high school season. Notre Dame High (Sherman Oaks, Calif.) head coach Tom Dill informed the team after today’s practice that Greene will not pitch again this..." April 27

  • Red Sox minor league pitcher critically injured in car crash

    WEEI Boston "According to FOX4, Red Sox minor league pitcher Kevin Steen was critically injured in a car crash on Wednesday night near Fort Myers just before midnight. A Dodge car was headed eastbound on Lee Boulevard when the driver veered off the road to the right, then veered left and crossed the median...." April 27

  • Brandon Phillips has hilarious quote about avoiding disabled list

    Larry Brown Sports "He may be a 35-year-old playing on one of the worst teams in baseball, but Brandon Phillips hasn’t lost his sense of humor. On Thursday morning, the Atlanta Braves second baseman, who is currently battling a groin strain, dropped a funny quote about avoiding the disabled list. “I’m not going..." April 27

  • Mets' April gets worse as Syndergaard has a 'tired arm,' scratched from start

    CBS Sports "Mets ace Noah Syndergaard was slated to start in day action Thursday against the Braves. Instead, it'll be Matt Harvey, as Syndergaard is dealing with a "tired arm" right now, according to Mets beat writer Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. While there's never a good time to lose a player the caliber..." April 27

  • Jeffrey Loria once tried to trade for Derek Jeter

    Newsday "Derek Jeter was on the radar of Jeffrey Loria long before the Miami Marlins’ owner agreed in principle Tuesday to sell his team for $1.3 billion to a group that includes the retired Yankees captain and former Florida governor and Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush. The sale is subject..." April 27

  • Cleveland Indians fans want Browns to draft Myles Garrett No. 1; after that, it's complicated

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "As far as Cleveland Indians fans are concerned, the choice for the Browns with the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft is obvious: Take Texas A&M defensive end Myles Garrett. After that, it's a toss up. Prior to Wednesday's Indians vs. Houston Astros game at Progressive Field, we asked Tribe fans..." April 27

  • Clay Buchholz apologized to the Phillies for getting injured

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki reports that starter Clay Buchholz is at Citizens Bank Park for Wednesday night’s game against the Marlins. The right-hander recently underwent surgery to repair a partial tear of his flexor pronator mass. The timetable for his recovery is three to five months, but most are..." April 27

  • Cody Bellinger call-up shows why the Dodgers are one of baseball’s best organizations

    The Comeback "The Los Angeles Dodgers were going to be interesting no matter what in 2017. Winners of the National League West each of the last four years, the question coming into the season was (and still is) whether or not the team can finally break through and win at World Series. Things got more..." April 27

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