• Yankees' Gray not alarmed by dip in velocity

    MLB.com "Sonny Gray was certain that he had identified the mechanical flaw that was holding back his top-level performance, and so the right-hander voiced a plan to simplify that approach and unveil those adjustments at his next opportunity. Back to the drawing board. Gray's early-season struggles..." April 21

  • Buck on Betts: 'Best right fielder I've ever seen'

    MLB.com "You can start, if you want to, just for fun, with some of the things Mookie Betts is not, right before you get to all the pretty wonderful things he is on a baseball field. Betts is not Mike Trout, for example. He's not ever going to make the kind of money Bryce Harper is going to make after this..." April 20

  • 2 Super Bowl rings later, Gaffney rejoins Bucs

    Pro Football Rumors "You won’t be seeing Tyler Gaffney on the pages of Pro Football Rumors, but you may find him on MLB Trade Rumors in time. The former Panthers, Patriots, and Jaguars wide receiver is going back to baseball, as MLB.com’s Adam Berry writes. “My dream has been the big leagues my whole life,”..." April 20

  • It's time for the Mets to move on from Matt Harvey

    The Score "As Matt Harvey walked off the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning of Thursday's game in Atlanta, he appeared confident. After all, the right-hander had retired the side in order with just 16 pitches, and he'd lasted six innings for the first time since last May, blanking the Braves over the..." April 20

  • V-Mart hints at retirement after 2018: 'I'm ready'

    MLB.com "Victor Martinez can see his father, in the faintest flashes of memory. In one such snapshot, Guillermo Martinez is holding a broomstick behind his neck as he twists from side to side, loosening up his chest and abdominal muscles. In another, Guillermo is napping on a hammock, and Victor and his..." April 20

  • 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps Rookie Card Sold by Evan Mathis for $2.88M

    Bleacher Report "While it didn't quite reach the $3.12 million price tag, a mint-condition 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps rookie made a run at the record for most expensive baseball card. According to ESPN's Darren Rovell, the item recently sold for $2.88 million through Heritage Auctions. The only baseball card to..." April 20

  • No one pounds the zone anymore

    Hardball Talk "“Work fast and throw strikes” has long been the top conventional wisdom for those preaching pitching success. The “work fast” part of that has increasingly gone by the wayside, however, as pitchers take more and more time to throw pitches in an effort to max out their effort and, thus, their..." April 20

  • Drew Pomeranz makes season debut vs. Oakland tonight

    Boston Herald "The Red Sox have the second-best ERA in the major leagues (2.66) and they’ve done it without one of their best starting pitchers from a year ago, Drew Pomeranz. Pomeranz will make his 2018 season debut tonight against the Oakland A’s, the team that he pitched so well for out of relief during..." April 20

  • MLB rumors: Yankees stealing Clayton Kershaw from Dodgers in free agency?

    Newark Star-Ledger "As the Yankees try to get out of an early-season hole, the future is bright. That can (and still should) be said about this current season. Despite a tough start, there's too much talent in the Bronx for this season to end up totally in the gutter. But even if the 2018 Yankees don't reach the..." April 20

  • Shohei Ohtani says blister is ‘healing pretty well’

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani had his first rough start as an MLB pitcher earlier this week when he was knocked out after two innings against the Boston Red Sox, and it would appear a blister on his pitching hand had something to do with the poor performance. Fortunately, the issue does not sound..." April 20

  • Why a Manny Machado trade at the deadline seems more likely by the day for the Orioles

    CBS Sports "Orioles infielder Manny Machado endured a bit of a disappointing 2017 season, but thus far in 2018 he's producing in line with expectations. Through 19 games, Machado in this, his age-25 campaign owns a slash line of .338/.414/.623 (189 OPS+) with five home runs and seven doubles. Those are..." April 20

  • Yankees will take any Giancarlo Stanton positive they can get

    New York Post "The combination of Aaron Judge hitting second and Giancarlo Stanton third had not resulted in the offense anyone expected, so Aaron Boone made a change Thursday. The Yankees manager moved Stanton, who entered the day hitless in his previous 13 at-bats, out of the three-hole for the first time..." April 20

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Michael Conforto for Marlins' J.T. Realmuto?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Over the next few months, we're going to find out a couple things about the Mets. -How much does the front office believe in this team's hot start and ability to contend all summer? -At what cost will general manager Sandy Alderson upgrade the catcher position? The answers to those will..." April 20

  • Where ‘kicking the tires’ could lead Mets in the trade market

    New York Post "One week of Jose Lobaton and Tomas Nido sharing catching duties has hardly convinced Mets officials the team is set at that position. But as team brass is “kicking the tires” on potential trade options, according to a club source, it’s Lobaton and Nido who will have to continue handling the..." April 20

  • Royals expect Salvador Perez to return next week

    Larry Brown Sports "After a very disappointing start to their 2018 season, the Kansas City Royals are finally getting some good news. Manager Ned Yost confirmed Friday that the Royals are expecting Perez to return next week after injuring himself on the eve of Opening Day." April 20

  • Mike Napoli to have season-ending knee surgery

    MLB.com "Mike Napoli sustained a serious right knee injury while playing for Triple-A Columbus on Tuesday, creating questions about where the first baseman's career will go from here. The Indians announced prior to Thursday's game in Baltimore that Napoli will require season-ending surgery. Indians..." April 20

  • Even Dave Dombrowski didn't expect Red Sox' record start

    Boston Herald "Not even the architect of the 2018 Red Sox thought they would be this good. Off to the best start in franchise history at 16-2, the Sox just knocked around the Los Angeles Angels, who own the second-best record in the American League at 13-5, for a three-game sweep in which the Sox out-scored..." April 20

  • Bumgarner has pins removed from hand, Bochy hints at timeline for return

    San Jose Mercury News "Four weeks after a line drive ruined the Giants’ early-season plans and fractured the pinky in Madison Bumgarner’s pitching hand, the club’s ace made an important visit to the doctor’s office. Bumgarner had three pins removed from his left hand Thursday as he recovers from a fractured fifth..." April 20

  • Meet the new Kyle Schwarber

    NBC Sports Chicago "It would be easy to point to Kyle Schwarber's new six-pack as the main reason why he's off to a solid start at the plate. But Schwarber's offensive prowess is more related to the work he's done inside his own head, not on being in the Best Shape of His Life. He's out to prove he's more than..." April 20

  • Matt Harvey not interested in bullpen move: 'I'm a starting pitcher'

    The Score "Matt Harvey's fall from grace could land him in the New York Mets' bullpen, but The Dark Knight doesn't appear ready to make such a move. Following another bad outing Thursday against the Atlanta Braves, manager Mickey Callaway told reporters, including Mike Puma of the New York Post, that it..." April 20

  • Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

    Hardball Talk "Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s..." April 20

  • A's trade Trayce Thompson, option Trivino to Triple-A

    MLB.com "The A's have traded Trayce Thompson to the White Sox for a player to be named later or cash considerations, the team announced Thursday. Oakland also optioned right-hander Lou Trivino to Triple-A Nashville. Thompson, whose brother Klay plays for the NBA's Golden State Warriors in the building..." April 20

  • Reds made a panic move and I know panic moves

    CBS Sports "The Reds likely won't make many waves in 2018. Now that that obvious statement is out of the way, they fired manager Bryan Price on Thursday, in a move that seems to have split the baseball world. Price's record with the Reds wasn't good, he was 279-387 in his career and he started 2018 3-15, but..." April 19

  • Anthopoulos optimistic Bautista will join Braves before long

    Sportsnet "Former Toronto Blue Jays slugger Jose Bautista signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Atlanta Braves Wednesday, but if all goes well he’s expected to join the big club soon. Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos joined Sportsnet 590 The FAN’s Baseball Central Thursday to go over..." April 19

  • Should the Mets try to trade Amed Rosario for J.T. Realmuto?

    SNY TV "The Mets have been in touch with the Marlins regarding a trade for catcher J.T. Realmuto, and are expected to circle back with the Marlins at some point this season. The 27-year-old Realmuto will earn $2.9 million this season, and is arbitration-eligible after this season and next -- before..." April 19

  • Yankees players, manager post anti-bullying message

    ESPN "Count the New York Yankees among those determined to stop bullying in schools. The organization on Wednesday posted a video with an anti-bullying message on its social media accounts. The video featured 24 of its players as well as manager Aaron Boone. The video, which featured players and..." April 19

  • MLB rumors: Ex-Yankee Joe Girardi to replace fired Reds manager Bryan Price?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB season isn't even a month old, and we have our first coaching casualty. The Cincinnati Reds fired manager Bryan Price on Thursday, after watching him start the season 3-15. That's the worst record in the majors, and it has the Reds nine games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates in..." April 19

  • MLB rumors: Could White Sox be dark horse for Machado?

    Fanrag Sports "One rival GM suggested he believes the Chicago White Sox could be a “dark horse” candidate to sign star infielder Manny Machado. The ChiSox’s surprise pursuit of Machado could ultimately be a clue as to their intention, the GM speculated. While the Phillies, Yankees and others have been..." April 19

  • A-Rod’s nephew abducted in Lamborghini sale gone bad

    New York Post "Alex Rodriguez’s nephew was kidnapped and held for ransom in a Midtown hotel Wednesday night when a deal over a $600,000 Lamborghini went south, police sources told The Post. The retired slugger’s nephew, Norberto Susini, 29, plays minor-league ball, but his side hustle is slinging high-priced..." April 19

  • Red Sox have more grand slams than some teams have wins

    WEEI Boston "There are lots of ways to quantify the Red Sox’ torrid start. The most obvious indicator is their 15-2 record, which is the best a team has fared out of the gate since the 2003 Giants. The pitching staff is also incredible, sporting an ERA of 2.66. While the Red Sox’ starting rotation was..." April 19

  • Reds dismiss Price; Riggleman named interim

    MLB.com "Bryan Price is out as Reds manager, along with pitching coach Mack Jenkins. Bench coach Jim Riggleman will be interim manager, with Double-A Pensacola pitching coach Danny Darwin joining the coaching staff. Pat Kelly, who was manager of Triple-A Louisville, will be the bench coach. The club..." April 19

  • Are Yankees ready to call up Gleyber Torres?

    Newsday "It took Gleyber Torres one at-bat to show no apparent lingering issues. The Yankees’ top prospect returned to the lineup for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Wednesday after missing one game with back stiffness. The 21-year-old stood in against Gwinnett lefthander Max Fried, among the top..." April 19

  • With Jason Vargas nearing return to Mets, Mickey Callaway considering six-man rotation

    New York Daily News "Jason Vargas is nearing a return to the majors, and once the lefthander is ready to take the mound for his 2018 Mets debut, manager Mickey Callaway will have a decision to make with his starting staff. Will he send Zack Wheeler back to the minor leagues? Will he remove one of his starters from..." April 19

  • Matt Harvey’s job could be on the line in this start

    New York Post "Matt Harvey knows who he isn’t anymore. The fastball and slider he used to emasculate scores of major league hitters are gone, forever altered after undergoing Tommy John surgery, and another procedure for thoracic outlet syndrome. So, if the former All-Star Game starter doesn’t begin..." April 19

  • Mets Sign Vance Worley To Minor League Deal, Release A.J. Griffin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have signed right-handers Vance Worley and Scott Copeland to minor league contracts and released fellow righty A.J. Griffin from his minor league deal, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com (via Twitter). The 30-year-old Worley, a Wasserman client, turned in solid numbers from 2014-16 when he..." April 19

  • Detroit Tigers' Miguel Cabrera still raking at age 35

    Detroit Free Press "Of course, Miguel Cabrera was going to play on his birthday. Detroit Tigers manager Ron Gardenhire expected as much, even after Cabrera was pulled from Tuesday night’s win over the Orioles after eight innings for precautionary reasons related to lower back tightness. It was cold outside. So..." April 19

  • Can Didi Gregorius keep this up?

    The Sports Daily "There are only so many conclusions we can draw from player performances less than a month into the MLB regular season. Some open your eyes so much, though, that you can’t help but wonder if these early adjustments will stick for the long term. When it comes to New York Yankees shortstop Didi..." April 19

  • Royals look primed to sell this summer

    Fanrag Sports "The Kansas City Royals are a “slam dunk” to become a seller, one rival GM said. The Royals, to their credit, have tried to keep their heyday alive, making a spirited-but-failed effort to keep franchise cornerstone Eric Hosmer and ultimately keeping his infield mates Mike Moustakas and Alcides..." April 19

  • Kenley Jansen not in danger of losing closer role despite struggles

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers will continue to give struggling reliever Kenley Jansen a fairly long leash. Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said Wednesday that he was not considering moving Jansen out of the closer role and indicated that the two-time All-Star had earned the spot, per Bill Plunkett of..." April 19

  • Braves await word after Freddie Freeman hit on wrist by pitch again

    Fox Sports North "Braves Country is holding its collective breath. Last season, Freddie Freeman was hit by a pitch on his left wrist resulting in a fracture that derailed a budding MVP candidacy and cost him 44 games. Wednesday night, the Braves’ two-time All-Star first baseman was hit seemingly on the same spot..." April 19

  • Migraines force Byron Buxton to disabled list for Twins

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches. After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team..." April 19

  • Yankees bring back Adam Lind on minor-league deal

    New York Daily News "The Yankees are bringing back Adam Lind on a minor-league contract after releasing him this spring. He is headed to extended spring training. The Yankees haven't gotten much production at first base from the likes of Neil Walker (.173) or Tyler Austin (.262) thus far." April 19

  • Mookie Betts: Any player would want to be Mike Trout

    Boston Globe "One is jacked, the other is chiseled. One has two MVP awards, the other should have one. One has shown who he is and what he is, the other is about to get there. Mike Trout vs. Mookie Betts. Which player would you rather have? Any player would want to be Trout, perhaps the best player..." April 18

  • Anthopoulos: Bautista betting on himself, had more lucrative offer elsewhere

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Alex Anthopoulos and Jose Bautista are reunited with the Braves, with the general manager taking a flier on one of his former All-Stars. The Braves signed Bautista to a one-year minor-league deal Tuesday. He reported to extended spring training in Florida, and the team will determine which..." April 18

  • D-backs’ Walker has partial tear in UCL, needs Tommy John surgery

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker needs Tommy John surgery for a partial tear in his UCL, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo told reporters Wednesday. On Tuesday, Lovullo said Walker’s initial MRI showed a “UCL injury” and Walker would receive a second opinion in New York on..." April 18

  • Berrios: Starting for Twins in native Puerto Rico 'is a special moment'

    MLB.com "Shohei Ohtani and Jose Berrios have a few things in common. They are 23 years old. They have overpowering pitch repertoires. And they can hit. Admittedly, Berrios' Major League sample size is microscopic: He is 2-for-6 in the Majors. But the right-hander who dominated the White Sox on Thursday..." April 18

  • So why did Francisco Lindor apologize for celebrating his home run in Puerto Rico? He shouldn't have to

    CBS Sports "The feel-good story of Tuesday night was Indians star Francisco Lindor. More importantly, for our purposes, he's Puerto Rican Francisco Lindor. It was Lindor's first major-league game in Puerto Rico and the first game in Puerto Rico since it was devastated by Hurrican Maria last year. The..." April 18

  • Photographic evidence surfaces of Shohei Ohtani’s blistered finger

    Sportress of Blogitude "Shohei Ohtani’s start Tuesday against the Boston Red Sox was cut short due to a blister on his finger. The two-way phenom was limited to 66 pitches, surrendering three runs on four hits, two walks and only posting one strikeout. Photographic evidence of the blister has since surfaced and one..." April 18

  • Braves P Anibal Sanchez suffers non-contact injury running in outfield

    Sporting News "One of the Braves' early-season surprises just suffered an unfortunate injury. According to 93.7 The Fan in Atlanta, Sanchez appeared to grab his hamstring before falling to the turf. Medics attached an air cast to the 34-year-old's leg and carted him off the field after the incident. The..." April 18

  • Blue Jays’ Donaldson expected to miss weekend series vs. Yankees

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson isn’t expected to come off the disabled list when first eligible on April 21 and will likely remain sidelined through the weekend. Donaldson was placed on the 10-day DL due to a nagging shoulder issue April 11." April 18