• Why the next A-Rod milestone might not be as controversial

    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

  • 4h
    Jon Morosi @jonmorosi

    #Royals CF Lorenzo Cain won't play against #Tigers today. He's dropping appeal of his 2-game suspension.

  • Sox plan to stick with struggling Napoli

    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

  • Rays place outfielder Desmond Jennings on 15-day disabled list with bursitis in his left knee

    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

  • White Sox still determining how to use Carlos Rodon

    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

  • Nats' Rendon again scratched from rehab start

    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

  • Braves only team to use different lineup combo every game

    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

  • 2h
    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Total speculation: When the Brewers' push to reset their roster happens, Adam Lind could be an attractive option for the Pirates.

  • Maddon, Cubs trying to 'unearth' Soler with lineup switch

    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

  • Yankees remain firm on plan to fight A-Rod's $6 million bonus — ‘nothing has changed’

    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

  • Chad Billingsley to make major league return Tuesday

    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

  • A-Rod blasts No. 660: Let the money fight begin

    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

  • Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

    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

  • Howard sets record on eve of gaining full no-trade rights

    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

  • 1d
    Chris Cotillo @ChrisCotillo

    #Royals, #Rays, #DBacks still believed to be in the mix for Saltalamacchia, though it's unclear if those are the only three.

  • Giants' Hudson feels tug of family, may make this his last season

    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

  • Statement from Giants Hall of Famer Willie Mays on Alex Rodriguez's 660th home run

    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

  • Rangers impressed by Josh Hamilton workouts

    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

  • 1d
    Bob Nightengale @BNightengale

    The #Brewers, 5-18, are letting teams know they will make their veterans available on trade market: Kyle Lohse, Matt Garza, Aramis Ramirez.

  • Fan says he won't give 660th home run ball to Alex Rodriguez

    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

  • 1d
    Marc Topkin @TBTimes_Rays

    Balfour confirms he has agreed to a minor-league deal with #Rays.

  • 1d
    Mike Curto @CurtoWorld

    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.

  • Pedro Martinez in book: 'When I hit a batter, it was 90 percent intentional'

    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

  • Two good signs for Rangers: Josh Hamilton in shape and eager

    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

  • Mike Leake will be attractive on free-agent market

    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

  • 1d
    Adam McCalvy @AdamMcCalvy

    RR confirms, very good chance Carlos Gomez is back tomorrow. Still debating whether to bat him leadoff or somewhere else.

  • Reds' Homer Bailey to have surgery, miss 2015 season

    Cincinnati Enquirer "As expected, Homer Bailey's 2015 season is over and he will undergo ulnar collateral ligament reconstruction in his right elbow, better known as "Tommy John" surgery. Reds medical director Dr. Timothy Kremchek will perform the surgery next Friday in Cincinnati. Recovery from Tommy John surgery..." May 02

  • Wieters (elbow) might not return until June

    Baltimore Sun "In what likely has been one of the most trying periods of his career, Orioles manager Buck Showalter has attempted to deflect the spotlight away from him and his team. Yes, the Orioles made baseball history Wednesday by playing a game in front of no fans due to ongoing unrest in the city. Yes,..." May 02

  • 2d
    James Schmehl @jamesschmehl

    Justin Verlander will undergo a third MRI exam on his right triceps next week in Chicago, Ausmus confirmed.

  • 2d
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: Carlos Quentin in process of retiring. Will receive rest of $8M salary. #Braves had released him from guaranteed major-league deal.

  • Trevor Cahill has been demoted to the bullpen. For now.

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen after three lackluster starts but manager Fredi Gonzalez said Cahill won’t necessarily stay there. Cahill won’t make his scheduled start on Friday after he pitched two innings in relief on Thursday against the Nationals. Gonzalez said..." May 01

  • Mets calling up prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera

    Hardball Talk "After losing their third straight game and the fifth out of their last seven, the Mets announced late tonight that they have recalled prospect second baseman Dilson Herrera from Triple-A Las Vegas. The Mets aren’t calling Herrera up to be a bench player, so the expectation is that he’ll play..." May 01

  • Ricky Nolasco to start Saturday in return from DL stint

    Twin Cities "At long last, the Ricky Nolasco Plan has been revealed. The Twins’ No. 2 starter will come off the disabled list Saturday and face the Chicago White Sox in his first big-league start since April 8. Nolasco, who had been out with an inflamed throwing elbow, came through Sunday’s 67-pitch..." May 01

  • Albert Pujols' hamstring injury does not appear to be serious

    Los Angeles Times "Angels slugger Albert Pujols will miss at least a few games because of a tight left hamstring, an injury he suffered in the sixth inning of Wednesday night’s 6-3 victory over the Oakland Athletics, but Manager Mike Scioscia is “not anticipating” that Pujols will go on the disabled..." April 30

  • Season already at tipping point for preseason favorite Nationals

    New York Post "I admit it. I am flummoxed by what to believe in spring training. It is the only game in town, but it is a deceptive game. Regulars, for example, hardly play full games. Traveling teams infrequently take their stars. What do I make of a matchup between a Single-A pitcher and veteran major..." April 30

  • Mets have changed their plan about trading Bartolo Colon

    New York Daily News "Yeah, Bartolo Colon lost to the Marlins on Wednesday, but his list of Met moments is long, for a guy who arrived only last year. Choose your favorite: The time he ran to to personally pick a baserunner off first base? His beer-league hits? Or when Colon announces himself by banging a foam..." April 30

  • Grant Balfour on Cubs' radar in search for bullpen reinforcements

    CSN Chicago "Grant Balfour is one reliever on their radar as the Cubs look into reinforcements for their bullpen. The Balfour connection is obvious since the Australian right-hander used to play for Cubs manager Joe Maddon. The Tampa Bay Rays officially released Balfour this week and will be responsible..." April 30

  • Marlins' Jose Fernandez faces live hitters

    ESPN.com "Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez threw to live batters Thursday for the first time in almost a year as he made the next step in his comeback from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow. "It felt great," Fernandez said after throwing 15 pitches at the team's spring training complex in..." April 30

  • Dodgers Claim Eury De La Rosa

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have claimed left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa off waivers from the Athletics, reports J.P. Hoornstra of the L.A. News Group (Twitter links). To make room on the 40-man roster, Brandon McCarthy has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list, he adds. De La Rosa will be assigned to..." April 30

  • Orioles -- Concession Employees Pissed ... Are We Getting Paid for Cancelled Games?!

    TMZ.com "It wasn't just the stands that were empty at the Baltimore Orioles game today -- the concession stands were also bare ... and now several employees are furious ... wondering if they're going to get paid for the work they were forced to miss. Of course, the decision to close the ballpark to the..." April 30

  • Why Red Sox must add Cole Hamels

    Boston Herald "All along, there have been countless reasons for why it makes sense for the Red Sox to trade for Cole Hamels. But this, by far, is the best: Have you seen their starting pitching? Through 21 games — or four turns through the rotation, plus one start — the Red Sox had the worst starters’ ERA..." April 30

  • Casey Fien placed on DL, Michael Tonkin recalled

    Twin Cities "As expected, the Twins placed right-hander Casey Fien on the 15-day disabled list Thursday with a strained throwing shoulder. Fellow righty Michael Tonkin was recalled from Triple-A Rochester to take Fien’s place. Fien was removed from Wednesday’s 10-7 loss to the Detroit Tigers in the ninth..." April 30

  • Brandon McCarthy to undergo Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery on Thursday

    Hardball Talk "Here’s some bad — but not unexpected — news. According to MLB.com beat reporter Ken Gurnick, Dodgers right-hander Brandon McCarthy — who was diagnosed Monday with a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow — is scheduled to undergo Tommy John surgery on Thursday in Los Angeles. The..." April 30

  • Before Texas trade, Dodgers were involved in Hamilton trade scenarios

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers were in the middle of the Josh Hamilton trade talks before the cross-town Angels traded him to his preferred Rangers, according to sources familiar with the discussions. The Dodgers are believed to have discussed both straight deals and three-way scenarios that would have sent..." April 30

  • Report: Red Sox Not Yet Looking At Trades To Fix Starting Pitching Issues

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox aren’t ready to explore starting pitching options from outside the organization — yet. The Boston Globe reported Wednesday morning citing a major league source that the Red Sox haven’t yet intensified any sorts of trade talks to improve the starting rotation. That report..." April 30

  • Phillies GM hints Jays calling about Hamels

    Sportsnet.ca "The Philadelphia Phillies’ general manager strongly suggested that the Toronto Blue Jays are interested in left-hander Cole Hamels in an unusually candid interview. “I guarantee I’ll get more grey hairs from my daughter driving than any trade talks with Mozeliak, Anthopoulos and Cherington,”..." April 30

  • Angels slugger Albert Pujols exits with hamstring tightness

    Sporting News "Angels first baseman Albert Pujols exited Wednesday's game against the Athletics with left hamstring tightness, the team announced. Pujols, 35, singled in the sixth inning off Dan Otero, but pulled up short of the base and walked the rest of the way before grabbing his hamstring as he arrived." April 30

  • MLB finds no tampering violation in Joe Maddon joining Cubs

    CBSSports.com "Major League Baseball completed their investigation into manager Joe Maddon accepting the position with the Cubs and leaving the Rays, the league announced. The league concluded Chicago did not violate any tampering rules in their pursuit of Maddon. Tampa Bay accused Chicago of tampering..." April 29

  • Sigh of relief: Max Scherzer throws bullpen, could start Friday

    Washington Post "Good news has come infrequently for the Nationals lately, but they got some before Tuesday’s game: Nationals starter Max Scherzer threw a bullpen session before Tuesday’s game against the Braves, and may be ready to start as soon as Friday. Scherzer normally throws a bullpen session two days..." April 29

  • Valverde signs Minor League deal with Nationals

    MLB.com "Jose Valverde might be coming back to the big leagues. Valverde, a veteran of 12 big league seasons, has signed a Minor League deal with the Washington Nationals, a source said on Wednesday. Valverde, who has 288 career saves, last pitched in the Majors for the New York Mets and had a 5.66 ERA..." April 29