• 'Anxious and lost' Osuna seeing psychologist for mental illness

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he has felt “anxious and lost” of late. Osuna was not available in Friday night’s 5-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals, with manager John Gibbons saying after the game that the closer “wasn’t feeling good today. That’s all you need to know.”" June 24

  • Young Mets players can’t help but feel ‘weird’ about Asdrubal Cabrera situation, team being in rebuild mode

    New York Daily News "For a team that has been in the building-up mode for the last five seasons, Friday was something of a shock to the younger players in the Mets clubhouse. As word started to filter around the visiting clubhouse at AT&T Park that Asdrubal Cabrera was asking for a trade, younger players were..." June 24

  • Chris Carter designated for assignment; Yankees promote 1B Tyler Austin from minors

    ESPN "The New York Yankees have designated Chris Carter for assignment and will promote Tyler Austin from the minors in an attempt to boost their production at first base. The Yankees announced the moves late Friday after their extra-innings victory over the Texas Rangers. Austin will be recalled..." June 24

  • Dodgers berate Bellinger for not knowing who Jerry Seinfeld is

    SI "Cody Bellinger can never be Jerry Seinfeld's latex salesman. The Dodgers' phenom told ESPN's Scott Van Pelt on Friday that he isn't familiar with this Seinfeld guy. And there is definitely something wrong that. This all started when Bellinger's teammate (and Tweeter extraordinaire, Brandon..." June 24

  • Mark Buehrle admits he had a few drinks before World Series save

    Sportsnaut "Game 3 of the 2005 World Series is one of the more memorable in recent memory. The Chicago White Sox defeated the Houston Astros in 14 innings. The pitching staff’s were stretched so thin that Mark Buehrle — who had started Game 2 in Chicago two days earlier, picked up the save. In the years..." June 24

  • Mets' inexplicable Jose Reyes love causes Asdrubal Cabrera to request trade

    CBS Sports "The New York Mets love Jose Reyes -- that much is clear. Why the Mets love Reyes is unclear. He's an unskilled defender who entered Friday night hitting .193/.265/.321. Add in his domestic violence suspension last season, and there isn't much to recommend him. Yet the Mets have nonetheless..." June 24

  • Red Sox sign Peralta to minor-league deal

    WEEI Boston "The Red Sox have added some depth at third base. Speaking prior to Friday's game against the Angels, president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski announced the Red Sox have signed third baseman Jhonny Peralta to a minor league deal. He will report to Triple-A Pawtucket on..." June 24

  • Rays designate catcher Derek Norris for assignment

    Tampa Bay Times "C Derek Norris tied a career-high with three hits in Friday's 15-5 win against the Orioles then was designated for assignment after the game to make room on the 25-man roster for C Wilson Ramos. Ramos, signed in December to a two-year, $12.5 million, has been out since late September after..." June 24

  • Martin Perez's next start in jeopardy due to freak accident with hotel door

    Sports Day "The latest Rangers' pitching injury comes courtesy of a hotel room door. On Friday, the club said left-hander Martin Perez tore the nail off his right (non-pitching) thumb and also suffered a small fracture at the tip of the bone in his thumb after catching it in a door in his hotel room...." June 24

  • Dodgers' phenom Julio Urias will undergo shoulder surgery and miss rest of season

    CBS Sports "Los Angeles Dodgers left-handed pitcher Julio Urias has had a most unusual development arc. The 20-year-old has had his workload curbed by the Dodgers throughout his professional career, all with the hope that he'd be able to avoid the injuries that are so common in young pitchers. It looks like..." June 24

  • MLB trade rumors: Houston Astros after Mets' Jacob deGrom?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the Mets crumble, it's time to look forward to the trade deadline in Queens. While general manager Sandy Alderson hasn't put up the 'FOR SALE' sign quite yet, the Mets should seriously think about marketing players in a trade deadline sell off. The usual suspects--veterans, soon-to-be free..." June 23

  • Mets Ready To Listen To Offers On Short-Term Veterans

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets are “open for business now,” in the words of ESPN.com’s Buster Olney (via Twitter), whose report suggests the organization is preparing to throw in the towel on a snakebitten season. Per Olney, the Mets are amenable to dealing away a variety of veteran assets. As things stand, New York..." June 23

  • Tigers release struggling closer Francisco Rodriguez

    Detroit Free Press "Francisco Rodriguez wanted to pitch in high-leverage situations again. He won’t pitch in any situation again for the Tigers. The Tiger opted today to release Rodriguez, who had continued to struggle after losing the closer’s job to Justin Wilson. The Tigers announced this afternoon they have..." June 23

  • Royals won't be sellers unless they 'completely collapse'

    ESPN "Eric Hosmer was in high school in 2008 when Dayton Moore saw him for the first time. "I remember the presence and the athleticism," the Royals general manager recalled earlier this week. "The easiness around the bag. A plus-plus arm. Hard contact to the middle of the field." He paused and said..." June 23

  • Red Sox claim Doug Fister off waivers

    Hardball Talk "SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Red Sox claimed Doug Fister off release waivers from the Angels. Fister, 33, opted out of his contract with the Angels the other day after posting allowing seven runs on 16 hits with five walks and 10 strikeouts in 15.2 innings at Triple-A Salt Lake..." June 23

  • Yankees’ third-base situation somehow got a little worse

    New York Post "A day after Gleyber Torres underwent Tommy John surgery that will knock him out for the season, ending any hope he could get to the majors in 2017, the Yankees’ current third baseman, Chase Headley, also went down with an injury. Headley missed Thursday’s 10-5 loss to the Angels with back..." June 23

  • Derek Jeter doesn’t have the money to buy the Marlins

    Hardball Talk "Derek Jeter met with Major League Baseball yesterday and told them that he does not yet have the money to purchase the Miami Marlins, reports the Associated Press. Jeter bid $1.3 billion for the Marlins, as did the group led by Tagg Romney and Tom Glavine. Bidding is one thing, however. Cash on..." June 23

  • Tanaka poised for long-awaited 1st U.S. duel with Darvish

    New York Daily News "The last time Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish pitched against one another was in 2011 in Japan. The winner of that duel? "Darvish," Tanaka said flatly. The two Japanese righthanders will go toe to toe Friday night in the Bronx, their first meeting since each made the move to MLB; Darvish's..." June 23

  • Fan petitions to bring MLB to Charlotte, N.C.

    Yardbarker "When Rick Curti moved to Charlotte 11 years ago, he wondered why the community didn’t have a Major League Baseball team. MLB is the only major American professional league to not have a team in North Carolina. More specifically, the NBA has the Charlotte Hornets while the NFL hosts the Carolina..." June 23

  • Maddon expects short demotion for scuffling Schwarber

    ESPN "The Chicago Cubs are sending struggling outfielder Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa as the team embarks on an 11-game road trip. Schwarber, 24, is hitting .171 just seven months after helping the Cubs to a World Series victory. Chicago is in second place in the National League Central. "He..." June 23

  • Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame. Aroldis Chapman held the..." June 23

  • Royals agree to deal with Feliz

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals have reached an agreement with free-agent right-hander Neftali Feliz, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter). Feliz was designated for assignment and released by the Brewers over the past week. The 29-year-old Feliz inked a one-year, $5.35MM deal with the Brewers this..." June 23

  • Trevor Shaw splitting time between Brewers, visiting baby in hospital

    MLB.com "The easy part was the three hits and three RBIs. The hard part was getting on that airplane. Yet that is what the job required on Thursday of Brewers third baseman Travis Shaw, after his productive day at the plate fueled a 4-2 win over the Pirates at Miller Park. Shaw had spent the early..." June 23

  • Nationals showing interest in Phillies' Neshek

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have shown interest in Phillies righty Pat Neshek, reports FOX’s Ken Rosenthal (Twitter link). Other clubs are interested in the veteran setup man as well, he notes, which comes as little surprise given Neshek’s affordable salary and strong work thus far in 2017. Indeed, the..." June 23

  • Corey Knebel sets modern record for consecutive appearances with a strikeout

    Hardball Talk "Brewers closer Corey Knebel set a modern major league record for relievers to start a season, as Thursday’s appearance marked his 38th consecutive appearance with a strikeout. He set down the side in order in the ninth inning, striking Josh Bell out to start the frame. Aroldis Chapman held the..." June 22

  • MLB To Potential Marlins Owner: Nah, Jeets

    Deadspin "Derek Jeter has been trying to buy the Miami Marlins from their gross owner Jeffrey Loria for a few months, but things have not been going well for him lately. His good friend Jeb Bush dropped out of a joint pursuit with Jeets three weeks ago, and he reportedly spoke to MLB officials today and..." June 22

  • Angels, Trout had discussions about 'lifetime' contract

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was that rare young positional superstar who took a long-term deal with his team, and sources say the idea of a “lifetime” 14- or 15-year deal was even mentioned in talks with the Angels before he and the team settled for a straight six years that brings him..." June 22

  • Nationals have nice long list of possible closers

    Fanrag Sports "The Washington Nationals will, as everyone knows, seek a big-time closer, with ex-Nat Mark Melancon, Tony Watson, Kelvin Herrera and of course David Robertson among those on their list, according to sources. They tried to keep Melancon over the winter, but he hasn’t had a great start with the..." June 22

  • Votto believes he could win HR Derby: 'Think of me as the Canadian Ichiro'

    Cincinnati Enquirer "If asked, Joey Votto would consider participating in the Home Run Derby at next month’s All-Star Game, but he hasn’t been asked. Votto, who entered Thursday tied for second in the National League in home runs with 20, has never participated in the derby. He nearly did it in 2010, he said, but..." June 22

  • Marlins will trade Hechavarria in next few days

    Scout "The NL-East has been atrocious this season. With the exception of the Nationals, all four teams are nearly locks to sell. According to Jeff Passan, the Marlins are expected to strike first. Adeiny Hechavarria is reportedly on his way out of Miami. The Marlins are still fielding offers, but we..." June 22

  • Why Roger Clemens deserves a more prominent place in Blue Jays lore

    Sportsnet "Roy Halladay doesn’t own the record. Neither does Dave Stieb or Pat Hentgen or any other name that comes to mind. In fact, it’s not even close. The mark for best consecutive seasons by a Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher, based on pitching wins above replacement (WAR), is held by Roger..." June 22

  • Cueto expected to opt out after season

    Fanrag Sports "San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto is planning to opt out of his contract at the end of the year, but he would listen to any extension offer. The Giants don’t seem inclined to do that. Cueto has $84 million to go over four years. It would probably take an injury or major..." June 22

  • Cubs Are Sending Kyle Schwarber To Triple-A Iowa

    CBSChicago.com "A nightmarish season for Cubs outfielder Kyle Schwarber will now include a trip to Triple-A Iowa. The Cubs are optioning the 24-year-old Schwarber down to the minor leagues as he continues to struggle, 670 The Score’s Bruce Levine confirmed. CSN Chicago first reported the news. Schwarber is..." June 22

  • Boston in hot (corner) pursuit before Deadline

    MLB.com "Pablo Sandoval was one of the game's biggest feel-good stories this spring, but his season has turned into a horror tale for the Red Sox, who are now in the market for a third baseman between now and the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Boston surged to the top of the American League East..." June 22

  • The A’s designate Stephen Vogt for assignment

    Hardball Talk "A surprising move out of Oakland: the Athletics have designated catcher Stephen Vogt for assignment. Vogt is suffering through a bad season at the plate, hitting .217/.287/.357, so on the basis of pure performance it’s understandable that the A’s may want to part ways with the 32-year-old..." June 22

  • Mets' Flores: Puig doesn't understand 'having respect for the game'

    MLB.com "As Yasiel Puig began his jog around the bases after belting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of the Dodgers' 8-2 victory on Wednesday, Mets first baseman Wilmer Flores had words for Puig. Puig decided to take a little extra time to watch his 13th home run of the season -- taking 32..." June 22

  • Verlander had no issue with Dyson bunt that ended perfect game

    Michigan Live "Justin Verlander was throwing a perfect game. Then Jarrod Dyson laid down the perfect bunt. And thus the potential violation of one of baseball's unlimited number of unwritten rules, albeit this was only in the sixth inning. You do not bunt to break up a no-hitter. Except Verlander --..." June 22

  • If back doesn’t heal, Adrian Gonzalez says he might retire when contract ends

    Orange County Register "Adrian Gonzalez has been dealing with back pain on and off since 2012 – more frequently on than off over the past two years. He is not willing to put up with it much longer. The Dodgers’ veteran first baseman said he went to the DL for the first time in his 14-year career last month “in good..." June 22

  • Francisco Cervelli out with 'acute-on-chronic' condition

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Continuing questions about Francisco Cervelli's health have forced the Pirates to carry three catchers on their active roster. On Wednesday, head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Cervelli underwent “a battery of tests” and was examined by Milwaukee Brewers' doctors. Cervelli was scratched..." June 22

  • Boston is naming a street after David Ortiz

    Hardball Talk "The Red Sox are going to retire David Ortiz’s number 34 tomorrow. The City of Boston is going to give Ortiz a different honor: they’re going to name a street after him. The street: Yawkey Way Extension, which will be renamed David Ortiz Drive. Note: this is not the Yawkey Way that runs outside..." June 22

  • Padres CEO on Anthony Rizzo not getting suspended for hard slide: 'Pure BS'

    CBS Sports "ou are by now of course familiar with the Anthony Rizzo-Austin Hedges controversy. During Monday night's Padres-Cubs game at Wrigley (CHC 3, SD 2), Rizzo slid hard into Padres catcher Hedges during a play at the plate. Hedges held onto the ball, and Rizzo was called out. However, subsequent..." June 22

  • Yankees' Cashman: Girardi asked about replacing Carter at 1st base

    Newsday "Chris Carter has at least one important person in his corner, even if it is not Yankees manager Joe Girardi. Addressing reporters before Wednesday night’s game against the Angels, general manager Brian Cashman essentially said the struggling first baseman is the Yankees’ best available..." June 22

  • Tigers' Ausmus: 'We're playing like crap'

    Michigan Live "Two hours into Wednesday night's game, it looked like the Detroit Tigers were delivering exactly the kind of game they needed to break out of a lengthy slump. * Justin Verlander, in the midst of a perfect game, was in 2016 form. * The Tigers offense had gotten to a top pitcher, Seattle's..." June 22

  • Mariners Move Yovani Gallardo To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners selected the contract of top organizational prospect Andrew Moore earlier today, and they’ve informed reporters prior to tonight’s game that Yovani Gallardo will move to the bullpen to accommodate Moore’s arrival (Twitter link via the Seattle Times’ Ryan Divish). MLB.com’s Greg Johns..." June 22

  • Wife of Cubs' Russell files for divorce, won't speak to MLB investigators

    TMZ "Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell's wife is filing for divorce ... just 2 weeks after the MLB opened a domestic violence investigation against the All-Star infielder. Melisa Russell had addressed the split on Instagram earlier this month ... hinting infidelity was the problem. Melisa's friend..." June 21

  • For Giants, failure to act could be the gravest error in a season full of them

    Yardbarker "If there has been one overused theme so far this season, it's that 2017 is a summer of great parity in Major League Baseball. Or at least, that is the sunny side up, glass half full version angle, because it has been a season where drastic cases of inconsistency and flat-out missed expectations..." June 21

  • The concerns over Hanley Ramirez's shoulders continue

    WEEI Boston "It isn't out of the realm of possibility that Hanley Ramirez goes on a tear at some point. The righty hitter experienced a similar downturn in May and June of last season before going on to hit 30 home runs. But, as John Farrell pointed out prior to his team's game against the Royals Wednesday..." June 21

  • Cody Bellinger Could Win MVP As a Rookie ... Says Ex-World Series Champ

    TMZ "Forget Rookie of the Year -- Cody Bellinger already has MVP chops ... so says L.A. Dodgers analyst/former Dodger Jerry Hairston. "He is a legit MVP candidate," Hairston told TMZ Sports before Tuesday night's game at Dodger Stadium ... a 12-0 L.A. blowout that saw Bellinger slug home run #22..." June 21

  • Red Sox sign first-round draft pick Tanner Houck

    Boston Herald "The Boston Red Sox announced that they have signed their first-round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Tanner Houck from the University of Missouri. He will report to the Red Sox short-season minor league team in Lowell, Massachusetts. Houck, 20, was the 24th selection overall in the Major..." June 21

  • Arizona Diamondbacks sign first-round pick Pavin Smith

    Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks signed first-round pick Pavin Smith on Wednesday, and the slugging first baseman out of Virginia is expected to report to the club’s short-season Hillsboro affiliate. Smith received a bonus of $5,016,300, which is the full slot value for where he was selected at No. 7..." June 21

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