• Yoenis Cespedes to begin minor league rehab assignment with St. Lucie on Friday

    New York Daily News "Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled to play a rehab game with St. Lucie on Friday night. The Mets slugger is batting third for the Class-A Mets. Cespedes has been on the disabled list since April 28 with a strained left hamstring." May 26

  • If the Tigers are sub-.500 at the end of June it’ll be fire sale time

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi reports that that the Detroit Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they’re still under .500 by the end of June. This was the position they entered the offseason with — everyone is available! — but they ended up gearing up for one more push with the core of veterans..." May 26

  • Tommy Lasorda undergoes surgery to replace pacemaker

    Los Angeles Times "Tommy Lasorda, the Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, underwent surgery on Thursday to replace his pacemaker. The Dodgers announced the procedure Friday morning. In a statement, the team indicated Lasorda is “doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium.” " May 26

  • Nationals acquire outfielder Ryan Raburn as possible bench depth

    Washington Post "In the wake of Chris Heisey’s significant biceps injury, the Washington Nationals added more potential bench help Friday when they acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the White Sox organization in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a person familiar..." May 26

  • Dodgers Claim Mike Freeman, Chris Heston

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have claimed two players off waivers from the Mariners, the teams announced today. Infielder Mike Freeman and righty Chris Heston are now headed to the Los Angeles organization. Both players have been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to open their tenures with the new club. To..." May 26

  • Mets' Terry Collins: Trying not to look like 'an idiot' with injury timelines

    ESPN "New York Mets manager Terry Collins attempted Thursday to clarify comments he had made the day before about his role in relaying injury news to reporters. Collins had said Wednesday he was "not at liberty" to discuss right fielder Jay Bruce's injury situation, an apparently new restriction for..." May 26

  • Brock Holt shut down for foreseeable future with lingering head injury

    Boston Herald "After his latest visit with a concussion specialist, Brock Holt will be shut down for the foreseeable future. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Michael Collins, an expert in sports concussions at the University of Pittsburgh, advised Holt that it was time to stop trying to play..." May 26

  • Stadium deaths: Are Major League Baseball facilities safe enough?

    USA Today "At about 10:57 p.m. on May 16, a 42-year-old man named Rick Garrity was exiting Wrigley Field in Chicago when he apparently tried to climb a 36-inch rail on a ramp leading from the upper deck, according to Chicago Cubs and police officials. He then fell over the rail, plunged a significant..." May 26

  • Cashman: Tanaka's woes warranting 'CSI: The Bronx' investigation

    MLB.com "Brian Cashman said that the Yankees have deployed every available tool to examine Masahiro Tanaka's health and mechanics, and the general manager sounds convinced that the right-hander will be able to bounce back from his current slump. "We've done the 'CSI: The Bronx' on him a number of..." May 26

  • The Indians are unveiling a Frank Robinson statue on Sunday

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday. Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in..." May 26

  • Ryan Braun heads to the disabled list after injuring his calf again

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers will place outfielder Ryan Braun on the 10-day DL, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Twitter links). The veteran left tonight’s action with left calf tightness. Braun, 33, has been his typical self at the plate thus far, carrying a .265/.353/.529 batting line..." May 26

  • Hey kids: don’t swing a weighted bat in the on deck circle

    Hardball Talk "Here’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. It’s about some studies of hitters who use weighted bats or doughnuts on their bats in the on deck circle. Turns out that, contrary to conventional wisdom, using a weighted bat for practice hacks does not speed up one’s swing when one uses..." May 26

  • Braves make up with fan ejected by security for interference

    Yardbarker "The Atlanta Braves tried their best to make up with some fans who many feel were mistreated by an aggressive security member. During the eighth inning of Wednesday’s Braves-Pirates game, a fan reached over the railing and scooped up a ball down the right field line that was in play. The..." May 26

  • Mariners snap out of offensive slump, but the pitching staff is still a problem

    CBS Sports "Thanks to a big offensive explosion, the Seattle Mariners snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. That offensive explosion? It was four runs (SEA 4, WAS 2). That qualifies as an explosion for these Mariners. Prior to Thursday's win, the..." May 26

  • Banister: Rangers aren't thinking about feud with Blue Jays

    Sports Day "As far as Jeff Banister is concerned, all of the hullabaloo concerning last year's benches-clearing brawl between the Rangers and Toronto is over with as the teams prepare for their first regular-season meeting since then. You may recall that Jose Bautista was hit in his final at-bat of the..." May 26

  • Chad Bettis plans to pitch this season after cancer scare: 'It's going to happen'

    Fox Sports "His chemotherapy ended on May 16. He will undergo a blood test and CT scan on Monday. If all is clear, doctors will remove the port for his chemo on Wednesday. And then? Chad Bettis is a major-league pitcher. His goal is to pitch again this season for his team, the first-place Colorado..." May 26

  • Sox set David Price's season debut for Monday

    MLB.com "David Price is scheduled to make his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. The left-hander has not pitched in the Majors this season due to continuing soreness in his left elbow. Price has not been great in two rehab starts,..." May 25

  • Marlins owner needs to reduce asking price to sell team

    New York Post "Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria, unable to attract a bid at his already reduced $1.3 billion asking price, may soon face a tough choice — cut the price a second time or take his money-losing team off the block, sources told The Post. Neither of the two bidding groups — including one with..." May 25

  • Bartolo Colon ain’t doing so hot this year

    Hardball Talk "If he wasn’t 44 years-old we’d just call it a slump, but the way Bartolo Colon is pitching right now makes you wonder if the end is nigh. Colon was shelled this afternoon, giving up seven runs on ten hits and walking three in five innings of work to take the loss against the Pirates. That..." May 25

  • Twins are reportedly narrowing down choices for top overall pick

    CBS Sports "The Twins own the top pick in the upcoming First-Year Player Draft (colloquially known as the MLB Draft). Since said draft gets underway on June 12, the Twins are working steadily toward deciding what to do with at that No. 1 overall selection. Speaking of which, the Twins have reportedly..." May 25

  • Is it time for teams to treat Mike Trout like Barry Bonds?

    ESPN "When Mets manager Terry Collins acknowledged this weekend that he had considered walking Mike Trout with the bases loaded, it revived a phrase we don't hear much anymore: the Bonds Treatment. That's what it's called when teams are so afraid of a hitter they continually walk him intentionally..." May 25

  • Royals should sell, but will they find acceptable offers?

    Sporting News "The Royals have decisions to make. This isn’t a surprise, of course. They’ve long known about these looming decisions concerning a crop of talented players they’ll try to extend, let walk as free agents or trade away to restock a farm system that ranks in the bottom third in baseball, in terms..." May 25

  • Mets are reportedly silencing Terry Collins to avoid injury criticism

    New York Daily News "And after exhaustive study, thought and consideration, the Mets have decided the best way to improve their oft-criticized handling of injuries is to put a gag order on their manager. Actually, let’s hope they’ve drawn more substantive conclusions, but they did tell Terry Collins, in so many..." May 25

  • Koda Glover officially named Nats' closer by skipper Dusty Baker

    ESPN "The unsettled closer situation has been one of the few question marks for the Washington Nationals, who are threatening to run away from the rest of the NL East with a 28-17 record. On Wednesday, however, Dusty Baker indicated he had found the pitcher for the job, naming Koda Glover his closer..." May 25

  • Joe Girardi has interesting reason why no medical scans for Masahiro Tanaka

    Newsday "Joe Girardi offered an interesting answer when asked if, in order to get to the bottom of Masahiro Tanaka’s difficulties, the Yankees had sent him for any additional “scans” to make sure there’s nothing physically wrong. “There isn’t,” Girardi said before Wednesday’s game. “You just don’t scan..." May 25

  • The real reason why Brewers’ Eric Thames is getting drug tested more frequently

    Fox Sports "One possible explanation for Eric Thames being subjected to a seemingly large number of drug tests early in the season is not an explanation at all. Baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement requires extensive mandatory follow-up testing — but imposes no discipline — on two categories of players who..." May 25

  • Yankees Lost $166 Million in Ticket Sales Between 2009 and Last Season, And It's Getting Worse

    The Big Lead "Right now, the Yankees are flourishing on the field. Aaron Judge hits a new towering home run seemingly every other day. Gary Sanchez is excitable. The team is 27-17, leading the AL East by 2.5 games. But, if you watch the Yankees on television you still see a stadium littered with empty..." May 25

  • Ten MLB players not living up to the hype

    Yardbarker "Entering every season, many MLB players are hyped for various reasons. Some are youngsters finally coming up to the show. Others are stars coming off of an injury or a career year. Plenty of MLB players entered 2017 with loads of hype, and more than a few are not living up to it. So, who are..." May 25

  • Farrell: 'Our players are pretty clear that I have their back'

    WEEI Boston "Let's take you back to more dale and Holley which. What Sports Radio WEEI. Got your bark if they are whenever the Red Sox are home Wednesday. And then attacks. John Ferrell who I mean timing is everything give them the music hits and walks through the door like we planned this sort of thing..." May 25

  • Andrew McCutchen not bothered by slump: 'I sleep pretty good'

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "This is rock bottom for Andrew McCutchen. The center fielder was summoned into manager Clint Hurdle’s office at SunTrust Park early Wednesday morning after the Atlanta Braves walked off with a 6-5 win, a game in which McCutchen went 0 for 5, grounded into two double plays and stranded seven. His..." May 25

  • Braves designate Josh Collmenter for assignment

    Hardball Talk "Last night Braves reliever Josh Collmenter surrendered three homers and seven runs in the 10th inning of a loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates. He came into the game when it was tied 5-5 so, yeah, ouch. Today Collmenter is on his way to no longer being a Braves reliever as he has been designated for..." May 25

  • Potential No. 1 selection McKay wants to be both pitcher, hitter

    USA Today "The biggest question about University of Louisville superstar Brendan McKay isn't whether he has the ability to make it in the big leagues. It's whether teams want the potential No. 1 draft pick as a pitcher or hitter. Why not both? It’s a feat McKay has pulled off at historic levels at U of..." May 25

  • David Price reportedly refuses to speak to media after shaky rehab start

    Mass Live "Boston Red Sox lefty David Price left McCoy Stadium after his rehab start today without talking with the media. Price reached 96 mph on the radar gun during the first inning of his second rehab start here for Triple-A Pawtucket. But he struggled with his command and went 3 2/3 innings,..." May 25

  • Padres 'open for business,' shopping Brad Hand

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres recently reaffirmed to clubs that they’re “open for business,” and lefty reliever Brad Hand is the “primary” piece that they have on the table at present, according to ESPN’s Buster Olney (Twitter link). San Diego’s willingness to sell off pieces isn’t exactly a new development,..." May 25

  • Chris Sale falls 4 strikeouts short of MLB record

    ESPN "Eight was enough for Chris Sale. On the cusp of setting a modern-era single-season record with his ninth consecutive start with at least 10 strikeouts, the Boston Red Sox ace lefty fanned only six Texas Rangers batters, his lowest total of the season. But there wasn't a soul in Fenway Park..." May 25

  • Blue Jays and Jose Bautista just might be turning their season around

    CBS Sports "April did not go the way Jose Bautista and the Toronto Blue Jays expected. The team went 8-17, burying them in the standings, and Bautista hit .178/.309/.244 with only one home run. May has gone much better for both the team and Bautista. The Blue Jays beat the Brewers on Wednesday (TOR 8, MIL..." May 25

  • New FA rules add twist to Trade Deadline strategy

    MLB.com "At this time each year, baseball observers commence the ritual of separating the sport into "buyers" and "sellers" ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline. In 2017, additional terminology is required. Major League Baseball's new Collective Bargaining Agreement has transformed the selling..." May 24

  • Atkins: Jays focus on 'adding and winning'

    TSN "The Toronto Blue Jays have placed 14 different players on the disabled list already this season and sit last in the American League East. Still, general manager Ross Atkins has no plans to become a seller this year, instead he says the team is looking to add to reach the playoffs for a third..." May 24

  • Jason Heyward credits yoga, meditation for early-season rebound

    SI "Two weeks after he gave one of the most famous speeches in baseball history, Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward departed for Arizona to try to put himself back together again. The best word to describe Heyward as a ballplayer was "broken." A .230 hitter during the regular season and a .104 hitter in..." May 24

  • 10 best young players in baseball

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2017 MLB regular season is nearly two months old and perhaps more than anything else, it’s clear the new crop of talent is among the best we’ve seen in years, if not decades. Young stars line rosters, rookies are the center of attention, and that has created a universal excitement around the..." May 24

  • Manfred wants regular-season games in Mexico City as MLB mulls expansion

    MLB.com "Commissioner Rob Manfred said Tuesday that the time had come to play regular-season games in Mexico City as Major League Baseball weighs international expansion. "We think it's time to move past exhibition games and play real live 'they-count' games in Mexico," Manfred said. "That is the kind..." May 24

  • Michael Bourn opts out of his minor league deal with the Orioles

    Hardball Talk "Outfielder Michael Bourn was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Orioles late last season and hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with them through the end of the season. While that’s not enough to outweigh the miserable season he had in Arizona, it was enough to get the O’s to give..." May 24

  • Phillies could make play for Harper

    Fanrag Sports "The prevailing thought is that if Bryce Harper leaves the Washington Nationals as a free agent following next season, he likely will wind up landing with the New York Yankees. Though the right fielder grew up in Las Vegas, he was a Yankees fan. The Yankees also figure to have enough money..." May 24

  • Joe Maddon: “I have a defensive foot fetish.”

    Hardball Talk "The Cubs’ defense — or lack thereof this year — has been a topic of conversation as it could help explain why the team hasn’t played at the elite level it played at last year. Manager Joe Maddon tried to go into detail about that but ended up channeling his inner Rex Ryan. " May 24

  • Terry Francona: Encarnacion is 'getting more dangerous'

    MLB.com "The Indians have been waiting for big offseason acquisition Edwin Encarnacion to let his power emerge. Encarnacion broke it out in a big way on Tuesday as he slugged two home runs in Cleveland's 8-7 win over the Reds to help split the two Ohio Cup games at Great American Ball Park. "I think..." May 24

  • Homer Simpson will be 'inducted' into Baseball Hall of Fame this Saturday

    CBS Sports "Here's your unexpected statement of the day: Homer Simpson will be "inducted" into Baseball's Hall of Fame this weekend. You read that correctly. Cooperstown is opening its doors to America's favorite cartoon family on Saturday as part of a larger celebration of the show, specifically the..." May 24

  • Contract that sent Babe Ruth to Yankees hits auction block

    New York Post "The contract that sent Babe Ruth from the Red Sox to the Yankees — sparking the “Curse of the Bambino” — has hit the auction block, along with his 1927 World Series ring. The nearly 100-year-old document is being offered up by Lelands.com in their first Annual Invitational Auction. Bidding..." May 24

  • Reds’ Joey Votto shuts down heckler with “I remember when you used to be thin”

    The Comeback "Professional athletes often face hecklers, but few have as good of a response as Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman Joey Votto did Monday night in Cleveland against the Indians. While Votto was in the on-deck circle, a nearby fan yelled at him “I remember when you used to be good,” and he shot back..." May 24

  • Dave Dombrowski denies report on John Farrell's imminent firing

    Boston Globe "Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski tersely shot down via a text to the Globe a rumor about John Farrell possibly getting fired, then elaborated on NESN’s pregame show Tuesday before the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers, 11-6, at Fenway Park. Asked why Farrell was still the..." May 24

  • ‘False alarm’ disrupts Pirates-Braves at SunTrust Park

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The scoreboard at SunTrust Park briefly flashed an emergency message during the Braves game on Tuesday that later was said to be a false alarm. During the third inning of the Braves-Pirates game, a scoreboard message indicated that an emergency had been reported in the building and that the..." May 24

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