• Vin Scully declines Fox’s All-Star Game invitation

    SI "This column comes bearing bad news: Vin Scully has officially turned down an offer from Fox Sports to be part of its MLB All-Star Game coverage on July 12. Brad Zager, an executive vice president of production and operations for Fox Sports, spoke with Scully at Dodgers Stadium on May 17 at..." May 25

  • Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled

    New York Post "The joke, of course, is that any of this would be remotely surprising by now. The Mets have abided by the Harvey Rules from Day 1, have tread lightly around him, have allowed him the kind of leeway and latitude that should never be afforded someone with 75 career starts, no matter how promising he..." May 25

  • Jonny Gomes retires, source says

    MLB Daily Dish "Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has decided to retire, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Gomes recently returned to the United States after a brief stint with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Gomes, 35, retires after 13 major-league seasons with the Rays (2003-08), Reds..." May 25

  • Yu Darvish remaining calm -- for now -- as his return to the mound for Rangers nears

    Sports Day "Yu Darvish completed preparations for his return to the Texas Rangers' rotation with an uneventful bullpen session on Wednesday. Darvish will start on Saturday against Pittsburgh at Globe Life Park. It will be his first major-league start since Aug. 9, 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery on..." May 25

  • The Twins are unquestionably the saddest team in baseball

    SB Nation "Back in February, I asked you which bad team you would watch on purpose. I made the case for the Phillies, Braves, Brewers and Reds and included a poll. I settled on the Phillies. A plurality of you settled on the Phillies. The Phillies have been, absolutely, the most fun of those teams to watch...." May 25

  • The shocking, swift decline of Shelby Miller

    The Comeback "The Arizona Diamondbacks have not had the type of year they envisioned back during the course of the winter. Those words have been written and stated verbally in some order and some fashion countless times as we approach the two-month mark of the season. While there’s still plenty of time to hope..." May 25

  • Blue Jays to activate Devon Travis

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly welcome back a familiar face to their roster Wednesday, as the club is calling up second baseman Devon Travis following a nine-game minor-league rehab stint, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. " May 25

  • The Royals and Cardinals make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that they have acquired minor league outfielder Jose Martinez from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Martinez was the 2015 Pacific Coast League batting champ, hitting .384 in 98 games. This year he’s hitting .298/.356/.433 in 37 games. He..." May 25

  • Matt Harvey will remain in Mets rotation, manager Terry Collins says

    USA Today "Matt Harvey, mired in the worst three-start stretch of his career, will remain in the New York Mets' rotation, manager Terry Collins announced Wednesday morning, hours after Harvey was hit hard by the division rival Washington Nationals for the second time in less than a week. The erstwhile..." May 25

  • Yasiel Puig was benched after failure to run out of the batter's box

    Orange County Register "How many Dodgers pitchers does it take to screw in a light bulb? It took five pitchers Tuesday night to do – sort of – what Clayton Kershaw did much more impressively all by himself one night earlier. The relay team combined to hold the woeful Cincinnati Reds to three hits as the Dodgers won,..." May 25

  • Is Aledmys Diaz the Next in Long Line of MLB's Shortstop Stars?

    Bleacher Report "Aledmys Diaz has already done one thing that's hard to do in today's MLB: emerge as a surprise star. Now all he needs to do is prove this is for real. For the moment, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie shortstop is so much more than a mere stand-in for the injured Jhonny Peralta. He's hitting..." May 25

  • Rangers capping Darvish at 90 pitches in return

    The Score "The Texas Rangers are going to ease Yu Darvish back into the bigs. Pitching coach Doug Brocail told reporters Tuesday that upon Darvish's much-anticipated return on Saturday against the Pirates, the Rangers will limit him to 85-90 pitches. "That would be a good pitch count," Brocail said...." May 25

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista has suspension appeal hearing Thursday

    Toronto Star "It will be an early wake-up call and a busy morning for Jose Bautista on Thursday, as he has an in-person hearing scheduled at MLB headquarters in downtown Manhattan followed by the Blue Jays’ series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bautista is appealing his one-game suspension for..." May 24

  • Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

    The Outside Corner "When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler..." May 24

  • Will the Tigers Entertain a Mike Trout Trade?

    Baseball Essential "The 2016 season has not been good for the Los Angeles Angels. They currently sit four games under .500 at 20-24, and it doesn’t look like they will turn the corner any time soon. With a barren farm system, their future doesn’t look any brighter. There is some thought that a trade with teams such..." May 24

  • Matt Harvey won't skip start during struggles, proclaims 'I'm not a quitter'

    The Comeback "Matt Harvey has struggled mightily this season. Once the top option amongst the best starting five in baseball, the Mets starter is mired in arguably the worst stretch of his career. Harvey is 3-6 and his ERA has ballooned to 5.77 after he allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings in the worst start of..." May 24

  • Miami Marlins Sue Season Ticket Holders, Continue To Be The Worst

    Deadspin "Remember when the Miami Marlins sued Jonathan Vilma because he moved his barbecue restaurant out of the stadium after the Marlins screwed up his food and failed to deliver on their promise of a packed house and booming business? Well, now the Marlins are suing even more people who had the audacity..." May 24

  • Report: James Loney’s representatives to contact the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that representatives of Padres first baseman James Loney are expected to contact the Mets, who are in need of first base help after losing Lucas Duda to a back injury on Monday. Loney, 32, has spent the season with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in El..." May 24

  • Possible First Base Options for the Mets

    Baseball Essential "The New York Mets now have a hole in their lineup, as first baseman Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back. At this point, it is unclear how long Duda will be sidelined with the injury, but with a lack of internal options, the Mets might be..." May 24

  • Nearly halfway to DiMaggio's record, JBJ chasing history

    MLB.com "One more hit, and Jackie Bradley Jr. will be halfway to history. The Red Sox outfielder enters today's matchup against the Rockies at Fenway Park with a 27-game hitting streak, almost half the way to Joe DiMaggio's Major League record of 56 games, set nearly 75 years ago. DiMaggio's streak ran..." May 24

  • Mets Have “Some Curiosity About” Padres’ James Loney

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have at least “some curiosity about” Padres first baseman James Loney, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). Loney’s representatives at the Legacy Agency are expected to contact the club today to see if there’s a fit. While Loney remains under control of the Padres,..." May 24

  • Will Chris Sale's offseason adjustments win him a Cy Young?

    ESPN "Six years can go by quickly. That's the time it takes for the largest flying bird in the world, the condor, to go from chick to full maturity. The Chicago White Sox turned over their entire roster between 2010 and 2016. It was on May 8, 2010, that a lanky, junior left-hander for Florida Gulf Coast..." May 24

  • Phillies manager benches team's best hitter after he jogged to first

    Fox Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have been surprisingly good this season, having a 25-20 record and sitting just two games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East. Center fielder Odubel Herrera has played a big role in the team's success this season, slashing .335/.445/.456 with four..." May 24

  • A look at the numbers: Jordan Zimmermann's true value to the Tigers

    ESPN "By all accounts, the Detroit Tigers seemed relieved once they learned of starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann's diagnosis: a Grade 1 groin strain, considered the mildest level of strain. The team will be without the 29-year-old workhorse for his next slated start, which would have been Friday..." May 24

  • Josh Donaldson: MLB beanball culture puts hitters in danger

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson felt that he was thrown at twice by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. After the Twins received no punishment, Donaldson ripped into MLB’s policies and the culture of the game that makes beanballs acceptable. Donaldson’s issues started Saturday,..." May 24

  • Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The signing slots acquired are worth around $700K, per Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com (Twitter link). That would appear to suggest that the Reds have added Baltimore’s first ($538,800) and fourth ($154,500) pool allocations. YESTERDAY: The Reds have picked up two international signing..." May 24

  • Change of plans: A-Rod rehabbing in Trenton tonight

    The Journal News "Scratch that. Turns out, Alex Rodriguez won't be activated tonight after all. Instead of putting A-Rod in tonight' big league lineup, the Yankees are sending their designated hitter to Trenton for a rehab assignment. There is no word on how many games he's expected to play or why exactly the..." May 24

  • Ryan Vogelsong's wife shares update after Pirates pitcher was hit in the face

    Fox Sports "Scary scene at PNC Park on Monday when the ball got away from Colorado Rockies righty Jordan Lyles and hit Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the face. According to Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk, Vogelsong suffered an injury to "the eye itself, which includes the..." May 24

  • Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon..." May 24

  • Brewers Linked to Cuban OF Yadiel Hernandez

    Disciples of Uecker "An updated story regarding Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez broke yesterday, as he participated in a private workout with the Miami Marlins. However, the piece written by Ben Badler and published on Baseball America had a very interesting tidbit at the end: a total of four teams had been..." May 24

  • Rangers recall power-hitting prospect

    Sporting News "The Rangers promoted slugger Joey Gallo on Monday after watching two of their starting outfielders (Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs) land on the disabled list. Texas is looking for an offensive spark, and Gallo could see regular playing time through a combination of starts in left field, third, and..." May 24

  • A Twins player confronted Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer over criticism

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Twins are terrible. In fact, at 11-32, they own the worst record in the majors -- even one game worse than the also-awful Atlanta Braves. Saying as much shouldn't be out of line, but apparently one Twins player would take exception. Per Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer, he was..." May 24

  • Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son is already pretty darn good at baseball

    Fox Sports "Before the Reds-Dodgers game on Monday, Cincinnati's second baseman Brandon Phillips brought his son to the field for some practice where he proved he has skills far beyond your average 2-year-old (video above.) With his dad pitching, the youngster Micah hit a live pitch past the mound and..." May 24

  • Red-hot Miguel Cabrera still has plenty left in the tank

    Today's Knuckleball "When Miguel Cabrera is having a fairly quiet stretch at the plate, it means nightmares for opposing managers and pitchers. When he’s hot, they don’t sleep at all. Tuesday, Cabrera went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double as the Detroit Tigers won for the seventh time in eight games, beating..." May 24

  • Braves acquire Brian Matusz from Orioles, and in essence purchase another draft pick

    CBS Sports "The Orioles announced Monday they have traded left-hander Brian Matusz to the Braves in exchange for minor-league pitchers Trevor Balicek and Brandon Barker. As well, the Braves will receive the Orioles' Competitive Balance Round B pick (76th overall) in the upcoming June MLB Draft. Matusz, 29,..." May 24

  • Family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sues Tobacco Industry Over His Death

    New York Times "The family of Tony Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer who died of salivary gland cancer in 2014, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against the tobacco industry, charging that Gwynn had been manipulated into the addiction to smokeless tobacco that ultimately killed him. The suit was filed in..." May 24

  • Carson Smith To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox reliever Carson Smith will require season-ending Tommy John surgery, the club has announced. It’s a big blow for Boston and the young reliever, who was acquired from the Mariners over the winter. " May 24

  • Rangers' Josh Hamilton to have season-ending knee surgery

    Sports Day "Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has been struggling to recover following offseason knee surgeries, will undergo another operation on his knee, ending his season. " May 24

  • Group calls on MLB, San Diego city authorities to investigate anthem incident

    ESPN "The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus has been invited back to Petco Park to sing the national anthem after Saturday's controversy. The executive director of the chorus had called for an investigation by Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres after a woman's voice singing the "Star Spangled..." May 23

  • Ohlendorf avoids suspension after winning appeal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds relief pitcher Ross Ohlendorf won his appeal, confirmed by The Enquirer's Zach Buchanan after it was first reported by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick via Twitter, and his three-game suspension and fine have been revoked. " May 23

  • Kiermaier to miss 8-10 weeks with broken left hand

    MLB Daily Dish "Kiermaier will require surgery and will miss 8-10 weeks, according to Topkin. The length of his absence is longer than many anticipated, leading Tampa Bay without their offensive catalyst through at least mid-July. It is unclear if the Rays will look to replace Kiermaier by adding someone..." May 23

  • Victorino comeback bid on hold after Cubs release

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from his minor league contract Monday. Victorino, 35, never got untracked after suffering a calf strain in spring training." May 23

  • Duda diagnosed with stress fracture in lower back

    SI "New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back, the team announced Monday. There is no set timetable for his return, but the team expects him to be out four to six weeks. Duda was scratched from this weekend’s games..." May 23

  • Marlins held a private workout for Cuban free agent Yadiel Hernandez

    Baseball America "Yadiel Hernandez, a 28-year-old Cuban outfielder, had a private workout with the Marlins at Marlins Park on Saturday, with president of baseball operations Michael Hill among those in attendance. Hernandez, who is a free agent exempt from the international bonus pools, is a lefthanded corner..." May 23

  • Vogelsong carted off field after being hit in face by pitch

    SB Nation "This is not good. The Pirates' starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took a pitch to the face during a bases-loaded at-bat in the second inning against the Rockies, and had to be carted off the field. He's been taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The pitch got away from Rockies' Jordan..." May 23

  • Solving the mystery behind Giancarlo Stanton's epic slump

    CBS Sports "Marlins cloutsman Giancarlo Stanton is not having a characteristic season in 2016. After Sunday's loss to Max Scherzer and the Nationals (WAS 8, MIA 2), Stanton is now batting .211/.324/.469. Thanks to Stanton's secondary skills, those aren't bad numbers at the OPS level. However, they are..." May 23

  • MLB rekindling high-sock era with new partnership

    The Score "Back in the day, it was a thing. In modern-day baseball, players love their bat decals, elbow guards, shin guards, and anything else that makes them look the part. So with the "look good, feel good" mantra in full swing at most every level, MLB is doing its part to make the sport fun again by..." May 23

  • David Aardsma Opts Out Of Blue Jays Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever David Aardsma has opted out of his minor league contract with the Blue Jays, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). The right-hander is free to sign with any club. Aardsma, 34, spent a considerable chunk of the 2015 campaign with the Braves, tallying 30 2/3 innings out of the team’s..." May 23

  • Donaldson: MLB needs to protect hitters getting thrown at

    Sportsnet "After nearly being hit twice by pitches that he deemed to be intentionally thrown at him, Josh Donaldson has had enough. “Major League Baseball has to do something about this,” Donaldson said after the Blue Jays’ 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday. “They say they’re trying to protect..." May 23

  • Pirates don't want to rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon to majors

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington does not want to rush the organization's top two pitching prospects, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, to the majors this season. But Huntington also acknowledged that Glasnow and Taillon "probably" will be in a Pirates uniform at some point..." May 23