• Cubs call up infield prodigy Addison Russell to majors

    CBSSports.com "Top Cubs shortstop prospect Addison Russell is being called up to the majors, sources told CBSSports.com. Russell will join top slugging prospect Kris Bryant, who was called up only Friday and is already making an impact with three RBI Monday night against Pittsburgh. Russell, who will be..." April 21

  • Pirates game delayed after fan is hit in head with foul ball behind home plate

    New York Daily News "In a scary scene during the second inning of Monday’s game between the Pirates and Cubs at PNC Field, a woman was hit in the back of the head with a foul ball, causing a delay of game. The fan was standing in the first row behind home plate with her back turned to the action when Starlin Castro..." April 20

  • Robin Ventura gets vote of confidence after rough week

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago White Sox have returned home, coming off a road trip that was not kind to manager Robin Ventura. So general manager Rick Hahn promptly stepped up Monday to say that the White Sox are completely satisfied with Ventura's ability to run the ballclub. Aside from that 4-7 record to..." April 20

  • Josh Hamilton -- Wife Blindsided By Divorce ... I Never Cheated On Him'

    TMZ.com "Josh Hamilton's wife Katie says she was completely "blindsided" by her husband's decision to file for divorce -- telling TMZ Sports she'll always love the baseball star. Hamilton filed the divorce docs back in February ... seeking to end their 11-year marriage. "It came out of nowhere,"..." April 20

  • Dodgers lead for top Cuban righty; Jays, Nats, D-Backs, Rangers in

    CBSSports.com "The Dodgers are said to have been the most aggressive team to date in trying to land top Cuban teenaged pitcher Yadier Alvarez, but they have considerable company in the pursuit, with the Blue Jays, Nationals, Rangers, Diamondbacks among teams involved with the right-hander. Alvarez, who just..." April 20

  • David Ortiz: No respect for Jim Palmer after Twitter criticism

    ESPN Boston "Red Sox slugger David Ortiz was dismissive of criticism from Hall of Fame pitcher Jim Palmer, the Baltimore Orioles' TV broadcaster who was not on the air this weekend but aimed some darts at Ortiz via Twitter after Ortiz was ejected from Sunday's game. "Oh yeah, yeah, yeah," Ortiz said when..." April 20

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    Jason Beck @beckjason

    Verlander had an MRI exam Thursday, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. Results confirmed triceps strain.

  • Carlos Rodon goes to bullpen, but why?

    ESPN Chicago "So if Carlos Rodon is expected to be a mainstay in the Chicago White Sox’s starting rotation of the future, why can’t that future be now? It’s an obvious question in the wake of the team’s announcement that their top pitching prospect is joining the major league roster as a reliever instead of..." April 20

  • Yankees should embrace A-Rod as he exceeds expectations

    Fox Sports "Here'€™s my thesis, though: Alex Rodriguez is a pretty talented player, and should be accorded the respect due a pretty talented player who also happens to be -- like it or not! --€“ a human being, not terribly unlike you and me. Friday, Rodriguez hit a 477-foot home run (you can see most of..." April 20

  • MLB sets attendance record for first 2 weekends of season

    The Score "Baseball is proving, yet again, that it's not a dying sport. The first chunk of the 2015 season provided concrete evidence that America's pastime is alive and well. Major League Baseball games across the sport's 30 parks drew 1.5 million fans during each of the first two weekends for the..." April 20

  • Is Mike Redmond on the hot seat?

    Miami Herald "Reeling from a four-game sweep to the New York Mets that left the Marlins with the second-worst record in the majors at 3-10, manager Mike Redmond's job may be in jeopardy as the team heads to Philadelphia for a series with the Phillies that could dictate his fate. According to sources who have..." April 20

  • Josh Hamilton files for divorce from wife Katie

    ESPN Los Angeles "Angels slugger Josh Hamilton is in the process of getting divorced from his wife, Katie, according to court documents filed in North Texas. The divorce petition was filed in February in Tarrant County, where Hamilton played five seasons with the Texas Rangers, The Dallas Morning News..." April 20

  • Collins sticking with Familia in closer's role

    MLB.com "Jeurys Familia has impressed Mets manager Terry Collins enough to remain in the closer's role, at least initially, when Bobby Parnell and Vic Black return from rehab assignments. "If Bobby Parnell and Vic Black show up tomorrow, Jeurys Familia will still close," Collins said. "Again, it's been..." April 20

  • White Sox call up pitching prospect Rodon

    MLB.com "Carlos Rodon will join the White Sox on Monday and initially work out of the bullpen, a team source confirmed Sunday. The left-hander, who is the organization's No. 1 prospect and No. 15 overall, according to MLB.com, made a case to break camp with the team out of Arizona, after getting the..." April 20

  • Garrett Richards returned from knee surgery throwing gas

    Hardball Talk "Angels right-hander Garrett Richards returned from the disabled list Sunday to make his first start since suffering a season-ending knee injury in late August and he looked pretty good against the Astros. Richards walked four batters and allowed four runs in five innings, but he also averaged..." April 20

  • Blue Jays rookie Daniel Norris is struggling with “dead-arm phase”

    Hardball Talk "Blue Jays left-hander Daniel Norris failed to make it out of third inning Sunday against the Braves, allowing five runs while recording eight outs, and afterward the 22-year-old rookie told reporters he’s going through a “dead-arm phase.” You can’t do anything to fix it. It’s just kind of, get..." April 20

  • Surging A-Rod a pleasant surprise

    North Jersey "Good luck to anyone trying to figure why Alex Rodriguez has become the Yankees’ best hitter, despite all the factors that should’ve been working against him. That includes his age, the yearlong drug suspension, two surgically repaired hips and going cold turkey on PEDs. We think. Let’s address..." April 20

  • Joe Buck has a truly awful suggestion about how to improve MLB broadcasts

    SI.com "Specifically to baseball, I would make players more accessible. There is no way networks can be able to talk to NASCAR drivers before they stuff themselves into the driver's seat of a race car to go over 200 miles per hour while we are all forbidden to talk to the starting pitcher of that night's..." April 20

  • After two Tommy John surgeries Brandon Beachy is hoping to join the Dodgers in June

    Hardball Talk "Signed by the Dodgers to an incentive-laden one-year contract as he recovers from a second Tommy John elbow surgery, former Braves right-hander Brandon Beachy is aiming to be ready for game action in June. Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports that Beachy has advanced to throwing..." April 20

  • 18h
    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Braves left-hander Andrew McKirahan suspended 80 games for PEDs. Rule 5 pick from #Cubs. Claimed on waivers from #Marlins.

  • GM: Phillies’ Asking Price For Cole Hamels Hasn’t Dropped ‘One Bit’

    NESN "The Philadelphia Phillies still aren’t blinking. One major league general manager who recently inquired about Phillies ace Cole Hamels told The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo that Philadelphia’s asking price for the left-hander still hasn’t dropped despite him struggling in two of his three..." April 19

  • Lawrie, Escobar have different takes on text apology

    MLB.com "Before the A's and Royals met again in the middle of the diamond during a 5-0 Oakland victory, contradictory messages raced between their clubhouses. On one end, Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar claimed he had yet to hear from A's third baseman Brett Lawrie, who slid into Escobar while..." April 19

  • Rays designate Grant Balfour for assignment

    Hardball Talk "Per the Rays on Twitter, the club has designated reliever Grant Balfour for assignment. To take Balfour’s spot on the 25-man roster, the Rays have promoted reliever Brandon Gomes from Triple-A Durham. Balfour hadn’t been scored upon in 3 2/3 innings coming into Saturday night’s game against the..." April 19

  • Mets' Alex Torres sports exterior-padded cap, then secures first save

    ESPN New York "New York Mets reliever Alex Torres, the only major leaguer to wear the first MLB-approved padded pitcher's cap last year, on Saturday became the first to receive and wear the new approved version with the padding on the outside, according to the manufacturer. Torres, a lefty, entered Saturday..." April 19

  • Angels activate Garrett Richards for Sunday debut

    Hardball Talk "As anticipated, the Angels have activated right-handed starter Garrett Richards from the 15-day disabled list for Sunday afternoon’s series finale against the Astros at Houston’s Minute Maid Park. This will be the first start for Richards since he tore the patellar tendon in his left knee last..." April 19

  • Pete Rose to join FOX as MLB analyst

    Fox Sports "Pete Rose watches "Inside the NBA," the postgame show for NBA on TNT broadcasts. The banter between analysts Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal, Rose says, "is very entertaining to me." Could Rose be baseball's Barkley? FOX Sports is about to find out. Rose will serve FOX..." April 19

  • Red Sox reportedly sign Bautista to Minors deal

    MLB.com "The Red Sox signed right-hander Denny Bautista to a Minor League contract on Saturday, according to a report Baseball America. The club has not confirmed the signing. The 32-year-old Bautista last pitched in the Majors in 2010 with the Giants. During his seven year career, Bautista is 11-15..." April 19

  • Josh Hamilton lists $16.5 million Newport Beach home for sale

    USA Today "With Angels outfielder Josh Hamilton’s future with the club still up in the air, the 33-year-old has put his $16.5 million Newport Beach, California, mansion up for sale. Angels manager Mike Scioscia met with Hamilton for the first time in months earlier this week, but said that Hamilton has..." April 19

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    Ken Rosenthal @Ken_Rosenthal

    Sources: #Angels, Hamilton in talks aimed at resolving their dispute. A number of scenarios being explored, including trades. Nothing close.

  • Josh Hamilton filed for divorce at time relapse went public, court records show

    Dallas Morning News "Former Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton and his wife, Katie, are in the process of getting a divorce, according to court documents filed in Tarrant County earlier this year. Josh and Katie Hamilton have been married since 2004. They have four children ages 3 to 14. The Angels outfielder..." April 19

  • Kris Bryant not discouraged by hitless debut in Cubs' loss

    ESPN Chicago "Kris Bryant absorbed the sights, smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing: a hit and a win. The prized power prospect of..." April 19

  • Masahiro Tanaka: I still have to build up my arm strength

    New York Post "Arm strength among starting pitchers isn’t fully developed until they have worked 60 to 70 regular season innings. It has been a staple of the craft forever. So, it wasn’t surprising to hear Masahiro Tanaka say he continues to build arm strength after two subpar starts, in which he has worked a..." April 18

  • Ruben Amaro on Andy Oliver's decision to elect free agency: "I think it was a very foolish move on his part"

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies made a pair of selections in this past winter’s Rule 5 draft. They took second baseman Odubel Herrera from the Rangers and converted him to a center fielder, and they took left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Oliver was competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen and..." April 18

  • Giancarlo Stanton on Marlins: 'The fire is not there'

    ESPN.com "A frustrated Giancarlo Stanton was critical of the struggling Marlins, saying that they are "not really giving ourselves a chance" to win and that "the fire is not there" following Miami's latest loss. Stanton homered for the second straight game in Friday's 4-1 loss to the New York Mets but..." April 18

  • Angels' Mike Scioscia not convinced Josh Hamilton getting help he needs

    Los Angeles Times "Angels Manager Mike Scioscia came away from a meeting with Josh Hamilton with a feeling of "frustration" that the outfielder is not getting enough help and support after suffering a substance abuse relapse that has triggered an ugly dispute with the team. "We feel that there's really no clarity..." April 18

  • Mark Buehrle could retire after 2015 season

    CBSSports.com "Mark Buehrle is considering retirement after the year, according to people in position to know. Buehrle, 201-152 with a 3.81 ERA lifetime, has been the hallmark of consistency throughout a brilliant career but will also be remembered for some spectacular moments, such as two no-hitters (one a..." April 18

  • Justin Verlander officially ruled out for Tuesday's start; Kyle Lobstein will start against Yankees

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander was a long shot to start Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees. Now, he has no shot. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus officially ruled out Verlander for Tuesday's start and announced early Friday that left-hander Kyle Lobstein will start in..." April 18

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    Josh Hamilton met with at least Scioscia, Ebel, Wilson, Freese, Cowgill, Calhoun. Angels

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell

    CBSSports.com "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Cubs promote top prospect Kris Bryant, 23, for MLB debut

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, paving the way for his major league debut, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will take third baseman Mike Olt's roster spot as Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist suffered..." April 17

  • MLB contacted Marlins over Carter Capps' unusual delivery

    CBSSports.com "The Marlins were contacted by Major League Baseball officials over relief pitcher Carter Capps' unusual hop-step delivery, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The league spoke with the Marlins to clarify what made some of his pitches illegal. Check out Capps' unorthodox mechanics for yourself here..." April 17

  • Prospect Corey Seager's position switch could fast-track him to the majors

    ESPN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t match the prospect news generated by the Chicago Cubs, who promoted slugging third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, but something quite significant happened in their system Thursday night. Top prospect Corey Seager played third base for Double-A Tulsa. It wasn’t the..." April 17

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    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Reyes has a small crack in a left rib. #BlueJays plan to give him the weekend off and determine next move after Monday’s off-day. (1/2)

  • 3d
    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    Mesoraco says he is still not ready to catch but is available to PH. Says he has impingement in his left hip. Trying to avoid DL #reds

  • Ian Kennedy on Track for April 25 Return

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Friday morning, Ian Kennedy took another step toward returning from his left hamstring strain, throwing a bullpen session at Wrigley Field. Sunday, the Padres right-hander will fly to Arizona, where he will start an extended spring training game Monday. Five days after that, he is eligible to come..." April 17

  • Brewers to place Gomez on 15-day DL after MRI reveals tear in hamstring

    The Score "The Milwaukee Brewers' outfield depth will be tested after the club received some bad news regarding Carlos Gomez's MRI on Thursday. Tests revealed a small tear in Gomez's hamstring, which will force the club to place the All-Star center fielder on the 15-day disabled list. Gomez received a..." April 17

  • Rehabbed Brewers pitcher: Angels should support Josh Hamilton

    USA Today "Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has never met Josh Hamilton, but knows everything about him. He has never used drugs with Hamilton, but understands everything about the addiction. Jeffress, who twice has been suspended from baseball for smoking marijuana in the minor leagues, and..." April 17

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Chris Archer hit a couple of Jays; Evan Longoria just got hit in the hip and had to come out of the game. Archer not happy…

  • Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez still hasn’t paid legal bills from Biogenesis defense: court papers

    New York Daily News "The Biogenesis saga continues for Alex Rodriguez thanks to his mysterious refusal to pay a relatively small legal bill left over from his ill-fated 2013 challenge to a doping suspension. Court papers recently served on Rodriguez shed some light on the inner workings of the legal army he..." April 16

  • The Yankees are interested in the Braves’ top prospect, Jose Peraza

    Hardball Talk "George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have told the Braves that they’re interested in their top prospect, infielder Jose Peraza. They’re scouting him as well. Peraza, who is playing second base for the Braves’ Triple-A club, is actually a natural shortstop. He’s got the..." April 16