• 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

  • Tom Werner and his influence on baseball’s competition committee

    Boston Globe "Give Rob Manfred credit for this: He’s been a proactive commissioner in terms of trying to make the major league game suit the times, and more attractive to the new fans he’s hoping to attract. He’s instituted rule changes and/or modifications, such as the catcher collision and second base..." May 21

  • The Mets almost decided to walk Mike Trout with the bases loaded

    MLB.com "The Angels fell to the Mets on Saturday, 7-5, but it wasn't without some late drama. The Angels put together a bit of a ninth-inning rally with three singles and two walks, transforming a previous 7-2 deficit into a dicier 7-4 score with Mike Trout due up with the bases loaded. For anybody not..." May 21

  • Vince Velasquez: 'I'm clueless right now, running around like a chicken without a head'

    CSN Philly "As tough as Philly fans are when an athlete is underperforming, Vince Velasquez is harder on himself than pretty much anyone else could be. Some pitchers would be at a loss for words after suffering yet another poor outing but Velasquez (2-4, 5.98) on Saturday was the opposite, baring his soul..." May 21

  • Cardinals trade Matt Adams to Braves to clear space for Piscotty

    Fox Sports Midwest "After five-plus seasons wearing a Cardinals uniform, Matt Adams is headed south. The Cardinals announced prior to Saturday night’s game with the San Francisco Giants that they have traded first baseman Matt Adams and cash considerations to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for minor league..." May 20

  • Price to make at least one more rehab start

    MLB.com "Rehabbing Red Sox left-hander David Price will make at least one more start with Triple-A Pawtucket before rejoining his teammates in Boston, manager John Farrell announced before Saturday's contest against the A's. Price threw 65 pitches in a rehab start for the PawSox on Friday, but labored..." May 20

  • Blue Jays send Sanchez to DL for 3rd time

    ESPN "Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Aaron Sanchez continues to have problems with his finger, as the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday for the third time this season. The Blue Jays said Sanchez has a laceration on his middle finger. He allowed three runs on six hits and two..." May 20

  • Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda hospitalized

    Orange County Register "Dodgers Hall of Famer Tommy Lasorda has been hospitalized for several days. Details of Lasorda’s illness are being kept private, but a number of Lasorda’s former players have been among those in contact with Lasorda, who has been in the intensive care unit at a Los Angeles hospital. Lasorda,..." May 20

  • Luis Robert has deal with White Sox

    Fanrag Sports "The Chicago White Sox have an agreement with Cuban outfielder Luis Robert, and the contract is expected to be worth between $25-$30 million, sources told FanRag Sports. The 19-year-old right-handed hitter had declared for free agency in April but had spent that time garnering interest from..." May 20

  • Marlins' Ramos invites Dodgers to see him 'whenever' after plunking Eibner

    Miami Herald "Maybe someone finally woke up the Marlins. Benches cleared in Friday’s ninth inning when Dodgers reliever Ross Stripling threw a pitch behind the back of Giancarlo Stanton. Manager Don Mattingly was screaming mad. Mattingly, Stripling and Dodgers bench coach Bob Geren were ejected. But, in the..." May 20

  • Kevin Pillar can use platform to promote inclusiveness in baseball

    Sportsnet "Homophobic slurs like the one Kevin Pillar used this week were the norm around baseball during Billy Bean’s 10 years in professional baseball, the environment so uncomfortable for a closeted gay player that in 1995 he retired from the game he so loves. “When I was a player, no one got..." May 20

  • Braves acquire RHP Enrique Burgos from Diamondbacks for cash considerations

    Fanrag Sports "The Atlanta Braves have acquired right-handed relief pitcher Enrique Burgos from the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for cash considerations, according to the Braves’ official Twitter account. Burgos had not pitched with the Diamondbacks’ major-league team this season, but made 11 relief..." May 20

  • Astros' Dallas Keuchel lands on disabled list

    Houston Chronicle "Astros ace Dallas Keuchel will be placed on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with a pinched nerve in his neck. The team expects Keuchel, who was scheduled to start Monday, to miss only one turn in the rotation. His DL stint is retroactive to Wednesday." May 20

  • The 15 best MLB players who could be traded this summer

    Fox Sports "The MLB trade deadline is a ways away — it's not until July 31. But a quarter of the way through the MLB season, it's clear that some teams are evaluating their options to buy or sell this summer. Selling is not a decision that comes easy and no team already finds itself in a position to..." May 20

  • Reds probably can’t afford Cuban outfielder Luis Robert

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Nineteen-year-old Cuban outfielder Luis Robert will be eligible to sign with a team Saturday, but the Cincinnati Reds are unlikely to win the bidding. Robert could be the last bank-breaking talent to come out of Cuba, and the asking price likely has already left the Reds’ comfort zone. “We’ve..." May 20

  • Mets COO 'meddles' in team affairs

    ESPN "BEFORE Noah Syndergaard registered his first triple-digit radar gun reading this season or Yoenis Cespedes launched his first light-tower home run, the New York Mets stars pushed their bodies to the limit in the weight room. Syndergaard opened a window into his offseason workout program in an..." May 20

  • David Ortiz says his failed PED test leaked because too many Yankees tested positive

    CBS Sports "Several years ago, the New York Times broke the story that 104 players tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs as part of a screening process in 2003. MLB and MLBPA agreed to anonymous testing to determine how widespread PED use was in baseball so they could design an appropriate official..." May 20

  • Puig exits after suffering injury taking a walk

    Los Angeles Times "Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig felt his back tighten up during batting practice on Friday afternoon. The tension increased during the game, and when he checked his swing in the fourth inning of a 7-2 victory over Miami, he winced with discomfort. Puig took a walk, but he required a visit from a..." May 20

  • Chris Sale ties own MLB record with 8th straight 10-plus strikeout outing

    MLB.com "Chris Sale's evening started with a strikeout and ended with another addition to the MLB record book. With a 10-strikeout performance in Friday night's 3-2 walk-off loss to the A's in 10 innings, the Red Sox's ace reached double-digit strikeouts for an eighth straight appearance, matching a..." May 20

  • The case for trading Josh Donaldson

    Sportsnet "Last week, some guy on the Internet argued that the Blue Jays should keep Josh Donaldson through the rest of this season, and possibly longer. That guy was dead wrong. Handsome and smart and cool, but dead wrong. Baseball players, like almost everything else on this planet, are depreciating..." May 19

  • Jameson Taillon reports 'all good news' after surgery

    MLB.com "There is a mindset that defines Jameson Taillon's mental toughness as a pitcher. When runners get on base, his focus shifts away from how they got there to what he can do to stop them from scoring. Taillon has carried the same mentality into his recovery following surgery for testicular cancer...." May 19

  • MLB looking into playing games in Europe as soon as 2019

    Sporting News "Expansion has been the name of the game in professional sports over the last few years. The NFL is playing games in London, the NBA has long been a global enterprise, and MLB has played games as far away as Australia. Now baseball has turned its eyes to Europe. Commissioner Rob Manfred..." May 19

  • Exec says Bryce Harper’s free agent deal might approach $500 million, but he’s probably worth even more

    Fanrag Sports "One rival GM pegged Bryce Harper’s value on a long-term deal at “closer to $500 million than $400 million,” a seemingly stark admission for a management person, even if it isn’t a Nationals person. That executive, claiming Harper is “twice the player that Giancarlo Stanton is,” suggested $400..." May 19

  • Giancarlo Stanton says frustration level is “highest ever”

    Miami Herald "Giancarlo Stanton should be a happy man, what with a $325 million contract that sets him up for life. But all that money -- guaranteed to the decimal -- isn’t putting a smile on his face. He is fed up with losing, and losing is all he’s ever known as a Marlin. Before taking the field..." May 19

  • Adam Jones: How am I supposed to talk to my son about Fenway incident?

    The Player's Tribune "This is not just about Fenway. This is not just about one drunk guy. This is not just about Major League Baseball. For me, this is about my three-year-old son. He doesn’t know everything that happened a few weeks ago in Boston, but he knows enough. He knows that somebody threw a bag of..." May 19

  • Nationals, Red Sox sent scouts to monitor White Sox players

    CBS Chicago "A month-and-a-half and eight starts into a season in which White Sox left-hander Jose Quintana has a 4.38 ERA, his trade value remains high. On Sunday, Quintana fired six scoreless innings before he fell prey to a three-run homer by Hunter Renfroe in the seventh inning. His White Sox would..." May 19

  • Tim Tebow boosting Mets affiliate's attendance by over 30 percent

    ESPN "The line stretches from the end of the dugout past the third base bag, all the way to the left field foul pole. Fans in a collection of jerseys from Florida Gators and Denver Broncos blues to Jets and Eagles greens, all with the same name on the back: TEBOW. They're all hoping for the chance at an..." May 19

  • White Sox, Cardinals favorites to sign top Cuban prospect Robert

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox and Cardinals are seen as the two likeliest organizations to land standout Cuban youngster Luis Robert, according to Ben Badler of Baseball America. Sources say the same to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. That’s not to say that other teams aren’t still involved in pursuit of the..." May 19

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