• Matt Harvey curses at reporter after bullpen question

    Larry Brown Sports " Matt Harvey is having a rough go of it. The New York Mets pitcher did not talk with the media on Tuesday after his first bullpen appearance of the season. On Wednesday, he declined to speak with reporters again and even threw in a curse word for good measure." April 25

  • Dusty Baker doubts he'll manage again due to 'intellectual discrimination'

    USA Today "Dusty Baker, standing behind the batter’s cage wearing a purple sweater and black corduroy pants instead of a baseball uniform, looks over his right shoulder, and sees the Washington Nationals trickling out of the dugout. They slowly start walking over, from coaches like carryover Bob Henley,..." April 25

  • Yost says Royals are only team that doesn't steal signs

    The Score "Among baseball's unwritten rules, none seems to garner more controversy than sign stealing, and the Kansas City Royals insist they avoid the whole issue by refusing to partake. "We're the only team, when everyone talks about this, that doesn't steal signs," Royals manager Ned Yost said on MLB..." April 25

  • Are We Appreciating Shohei Ohtani Enough?

    The Big Lead "We live in a time marked by hyperbolic headlines and short memory. Things earn the mantle of best thing since sliced bread before it’s prudent. And yet, somehow, I can’t escape the nagging notion that, against long odds, we’re not properly appreciating the pure brilliance of Shohei Ohtani. The..." April 25

  • Carlos Gómez Defends his HR Celebration

    The Sports Post "There’s arguably nobody who has more fun playing baseball than Carlos Gómez. But sometimes, almost too predictably, that rubs people the wrong way. And on Sunday against the Minnesota Twins, Gómez would lift the Rays with a two-run walk-off home run. Of course, it’s the celebration that would..." April 25

  • Should the Yankees still pursue Manny Machado?

    SNY TV " Orioles star Manny Machado will be a free agent at the end of the season, and has been a rumored target of the Yankees for quite some time. But there are a few issues. 1. Machado wants to play shortstop, where Didi Gregorius is currently entrenched. " April 25

  • Cubs hope starting rotation showing signs of thawing as wild first month comes to an end

    NBC Sports Chicago "The Cubs offense has looked unstoppable the last week and the bullpen still ranks among the best in the National League. Now it's time for the starting pitching to step up. In a rotation packed with the resumes and reputations of Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, Kyle Hendricks and Jose Quintana, it..." April 25

  • Feel-good story: Jonny Venters is back in the majors after three career Tommy John surgeries

    USA Today "Jonny Venters' remarkable tale of resolve is nearly complete. Venters, who has not pitched in the major leagues since 2012, was recalled by the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday, this after undergoing what he's described as "two and a half" Tommy John surgeries since his last big league..." April 25

  • Matt Harvey refuses to speak with media after first bullpen outing

    Larry Brown Sports "Matt Harvey made his first bullpen appearance of the season for the New York Mets on Tuesday night, and we have no way of knowing how the right-hander felt about it. After he allowed two hits and one earned run in two innings of relief work, Harvey refused to speak with reporters about his new..." April 25

  • Athletics Acquire Wilmer Font

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have acquired righty Wilmer Font from the Dodgers, per a club announcement. Lefty Logan Salow will head to Los Angeles in return." April 25

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts had no rationale for his bad decision to save his closer

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers lost to the Marlins on Tuesday night, 3-2, evening their record at 11-11. It's one loss after a string of seven wins in eight games, so I don't see any reason to freak out. They need to score more than two runs in consecutive games against the Marlins, but it happens during the course..." April 25

  • The Angels were the first team to use up all of their mound visits

    Hardball Talk "Last night’s Angels-Astros game was a long affair with a bunch of homers and the use of 11 pitchers in all. The Angels used six pitchers and all of that business led to plenty of conferences. Six, in fact, which is their allotment under the new rule capping mound visits. As far as I can tell, that..." April 25

  • A's reliever Yusmeiro Petit wanted to pitch hours after his mother died

    NBC Sports Bay Area "A's reliever Yusmeiro Petit suffered the worst kind of tragedy on Monday and still wanted to do his job. Petit's mother, Rubia, passed away Monday, and just hours later, he made sure manager Bob Melvin knew that he wanted to pitch in the game against the Rangers. "His mom passed away,..." April 25

  • Race to be MLB’s first $400 million man is as close as ever

    New York Post "Woven into this season is a competition for next offseason, namely: Who wins the financial game between Bryce Harper and Manny Machado? So far it is close with both sporting eight homers and gaudy on-base numbers through Tuesday. Both will be rewarded financially, short of substantial injury..." April 25

  • Twins’ Logan Morrison on Yankee Stadium hecklers: ‘You can’t fix stupid’

    Twin Cities "There are better places than Yankee Stadium to show up with a .091 batting average and have that displayed on the Jumbotron in center field, but Logan Morrison wasn’t too worried about hecklers this week. “I’ve heard a lot of stuff but it’s not original,” the Twins first baseman said before the..." April 25

  • Yankees Spell Didi Gregorius' Name Wrong While Promoting Bat Day Giveaway

    Bleacher Report "The signs at Yankee Stadium featured an unfortunate error involving New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius' last name on Tuesday. During the team's game against the Minnesota Twins, a banner scrolled by with a promotional advertisement for "Didi Gregious Bat Day" on May 12. " April 25

  • A mechanical adjustment 'kick-started' Rhys Hoskins' career

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "The spectacular beginning of Rhys Hoskins’ major-league career can be traced to a conversation he had with two members of the Phillies’ player-development department back in September 2014. Hoskins had arrived in the Phillies organization earlier that year as a fifth-round draft pick out of..." April 25

  • Wei-Yin Chen, Dan Straily Nearing Return To Marlins’ Rotation

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins could soon be installing a pair of veteran arms into their struggling young rotation. Craig Mish of SiriusXM reports that lefty Wei-Yin Chen will be activated to start Saturday’s game against the Rockies (Twitter link), and it seems that right-hander Dan Straily won’t be far behind..." April 25

  • Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin, a Syracuse native and Yankee fan, could emerge as Bombers’ top offseason target

    New York Daily News "A few weeks ago, I wrote that Dallas Keuchel could be a more likely option for the Yankees in next winter's ballyhooed free-agent market than Manny Machado, based on their potential need for starting pitching as well as Hal Steinbrenner's firm belief he doesn't need a $200-plus million payroll to..." April 25

  • Rangers injuries piling up as Adrian Beltre leaves with hamstring issue

    Sporting News "The Rangers fell nine games below .500 Tuesday and lost another star in the process. Adrian Beltre exited Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the A's in the eighth inning after suffering a left hamstring strain. The All-Star connected on an RBI hit to the gap in right-center field but could barely reach..." April 25

  • The ‘special’ skill Gleyber Torres is already showing

    New York Post "After going hitless in his first game, Gleyber Torres has shown at least some of why the Yankees have been so high on the second baseman. In Tuesday’s 8-3 win over the Twins, Torres had a pair of singles for his first multi-hit game and added his first RBI. “I feel like with Gleyber, outside..." April 25

  • Matt Harvey’s first appearance out of the bullpen was not great

    Hardball Talk "Over the weekend, the Mets decided to move struggling starter Matt Harvey to the bullpen, hoping he would re-find success in a new role. His first appearance as a reliever this season wasn’t particularly impressive. Harvey entered in the top of the fifth inning Tuesday night against the..." April 25

  • Top prospect Ronald Acuna set to join Braves on Wednesday

    ESPN "Top outfield prospect Ronald Acuna is set to join the Atlanta Braves. The Braves planned to promote the 20-year-old from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday to join them in Cincinnati. Acuna is ranked No. 1 on ESPN Insider Keith Law's top 100 prospects list. He also began this season as MLB.com's..." April 25

  • Mets’ Fab Five dreams really ended when Mickey Callaway and Dave Eiland were hired

    New York Daily News "They were such contrived nicknames anyway. The Fab Five, the Five Aces or the Boys from Queens. Whatever you want to call the five former aces the Mets had been selling their fans for years as the future of this franchise, for the Mets marketing departments it was probably very exciting. For..." April 25

  • Shohei Ohtani throws hardest pitch of season by starter

    Larry Brown Sports "Shohei Ohtani impressed on the radar gun during his start against the defending World Series champions. The Houston Astros got their first look at Ohtani the pitcher on Tuesday. During an at-bat against Josh Reddick in the fifth, Ohtani delivered the fastest pitch this year by a starting..." April 25

  • How Mets now will use Matt Harvey, who isn’t getting babied

    New York Post "Fixing Matt Harvey is important to the Mets, but it hardly ranks as the team’s primary goal. So Harvey, in his new role as reliever, will be treated like any other member of the bullpen. In other words, the Mets will not create situations for Harvey to pitch just for the sake of getting him..." April 25

  • MLB commish Manfred takes shots at Rogers Centre and Sportsnet

    Toronto Sun "The Rogers Centre roof was closed for Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred when he dropped by for Tuesday’s game between the Blue Jays and Red Sox. At least it wasn’t leaking. That said, Manfred made it clear that the 29-year-old building is in serious need of updates — at the..." April 24

  • Theo Epstein: David Ortiz requested trade from Red Sox in 2003

    Bleacher Report "David Ortiz is a Boston Red Sox legend and a primary reason the franchise broke the storied Curse of the Bambino with World Series titles in 2004, 2007 and 2013, but to hear Theo Epstein tell it, the slugger wanted out in 2003. The Chicago Cubs president of baseball operations, who was the Red..." April 24

  • Donaldson nearing rehab assignment

    TSN "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday third baseman Josh Donaldson feels good and is expected to start a rehab assignment soon. Donaldson has been out since April 11 with right shoulder inflammation. The 32-year-old only played in the field six times in the 12 games he's played..." April 24

  • Royals activate Sal Perez

    Hardball Talk "The Kansas City Royals activated catcher Sal Perez from the 10-day disabled list today. He started the year on the shelf after tearing the MCL in his left knee just before Opening Day. They originally said he’d be out 4-6 weeks, but he’s back a bit ahead of schedule following a 9-for-24, two-homer..." April 24

  • Orioles claim Jace Peterson to supplement injury-riddled infield

    Baltimore Sun "With second baseman Jonathan Schoop already on the disabled list and infielder Tim Beckham potentially joining him, the Orioles claimed infielder Jace Peterson – a left-handed hitting utility man -- off waivers from the Yankees on Tuesday afternoon to provide immediate infield help. He is..." April 24

  • Kershaw doesn't think he can win 300 games

    The Score "Only 24 pitchers in big-league history have been able to crack the 300-win mark. Clayton Kershaw doesn't believe he'll become No. 25. The Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander, who is arguably the game's best pitcher, is nearly halfway to 300 career wins (145) in his age-30 season, but that isn't..." April 24

  • Pete Rose's wife claims he's still a high-stakes gambler

    Michigan Live "The case for baseball's all-time hit leader to be reinstated to the game appears to be getting worse with time as Pete Rose's wife claims in new court documents that he continues to be a high-stakes gambler. According to TMZ, documents filed in court recently by Rose's wife Carol state that..." April 24

  • Joe Maddon: Kris Bryant '50-50' on starting tonight against Indians

    Chicago Tribune "Cubs manager Joe Maddon said the chances of Kris Bryant starting Tuesday night against the Indians are “50-50.” Maddon said on his weekly radio segment on WSCR-AM 670’s “Bernstein and McKnight Show” that Bryant was “fine” but that he wanted to check with the slugger at Progressive Field, where..." April 24

  • Yankees on track to avoid luxury tax; Red Sox, Nationals only teams projected above threshold

    Newsday "The Boston Red Sox and Washington Nationals are the only teams on track to pay baseball’s luxury tax this year, according to opening-day payroll totals compiled by Major League Baseball and obtained by The Associated Press. Boston’s payroll at the start of the season for purposes of the tax was..." April 24

  • Miguel Andujar’s historic start means difficult Drury decision

    New York Post "Miguel Andujar joined Mickey Mantle and Joe DiMaggio as the only Yankees under the age of 24 to have an extra-base hit in seven straight games when he homered to lead off the bottom of the second in the Yankees 14-1 win over the Twins Monday night. While no one could have predicted Andujar..." April 24

  • Nationals trade pitcher A.J. Cole to Yankees for cash considerations

    Washington Post "The Washington Nationals announced Monday night that they have traded right-hander A.J. Cole to the New York Yankees for cash considerations, officially ending Cole’s second stint with the organization after he was designated for assignment on Friday. A former premier pitching prospect, the..." April 24

  • Yankees' Neil Walker calls recent free-agent experience 'alarming'

    Sporting News "The home clubhouse at Yankee Stadium is a far cry from the IMG Sports Academy. Neil Walker went to IMG in Bradenton, Fla., to participate in the spring training camp for free agents, the first of its kind in more than 20 years. He was there until the Yankees called with an offer, one he was..." April 24

  • John Smoltz, Hall of Fame starter-turned-closer, believes Harvey isn't done just yet despite demotion to bullpen

    New York Daily News "That July night in 2001, John Smoltz had already started 356 games and won 157 of them. The four-time All-Star was as nervous as a rookie when he got ready for his first appearance out of the bullpen. The future Hall of Famer was dealing with learning to pitch after Tommy John surgery, the..." April 24

  • Addison Russell had an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread

    Hardball Talk "Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that Cubs shortstop Addison Russell stayed overnight in Denver after having an allergic reaction to something he ate from the postgame spread in the clubhouse at Coors Field after Sunday afternoon’s game. Russell spent a couple of hours at a..." April 24

  • Jenny Cavnar becomes MLB's 1st female play-by-play announcer in 25 years

    The Score "Jenny Cavnar took to the broadcast booth Monday for the Colorado Rockies as they hosted the division rival San Diego Padres. In the process, she became the first woman since 1993 to do play-by-play for a major-league television broadcast, according to Jessica Kleinschmidt and Thomas Harding of..." April 24

  • Cleveland Indians reach minor league deal with veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The fans aren't overly excited about the Indians outfield and apparently the front office feels the same way. It's been confirmed that they've reached a minor league deal with veteran switch-hitting outfielder Melky Cabrera, who like many free agents this past winter went unsigned. Cabrera, 33,..." April 24

  • Phillies ink Trevor Plouffe to minor league deal

    Sports Talk Philly "Just under two weeks after opting out of his minor league deal with the Texas Rangers, eight-year veteran utility infielder Trevor Plouffe signed a similar deal with the Philadelphia Phillies Monday evening, according to Gerry Fraley of the Dallas Morning News. Plouffe, 31, is slashing..." April 24

  • Blake Wood, Parker Bridwell added to list of Angels’ injured pitchers

    Orange County Register "The Angels overworked bullpen finally lost someone, and another member of the starter depth chart is now out too. Blake Wood, who had pitched in 13 of the Angels’ first 21 games, was placed on the disabled list on Monday with an elbow impingement. Meanwhile, Parker Bridwell was placed on the..." April 24

  • Jose Bautista will be Braves starting third baseman

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Jose Bautista will be the Braves’ starting third baseman whenever he joins the big league club. The Braves signed Bautista, 37, to a minor league deal April 18 and announced the long-time outfielder as a third baseman, a position he hadn’t regularly manned in a decade. But that’s the..." April 23

  • Patrick Corbin may be the next Yankees ace?

    USA Today "The greatest free-agent class in baseball history just got a whole lot better, and you better believe the New York Yankees are paying close attention. The Yankees, who are getting below the $197 million luxury tax for a reason, know all about the marquee names who will be free agents in..." April 23

  • MLB Rumors: Dodgers Could Offer Harper a Massive Short-Term Deal

    12 Up "​This would be insane. The Los Angeles Dodgers came within one win of a World Series last year, falling just short to the Houston Astros in Game 7. However, they have all the talent in the world to get back to the top, and ​could add even more in the future. Bryce Harper is getting ready..." April 23

  • Roenis Elias experiment with Red Sox ends, traded to Seattle

    WEEI Boston "He always represented an intriguing option for the Red Sox. But ultimately Roenis Elias wasn't intriguing enough. The lefty reliever was traded to Seattle Monday in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations. The 29-year-old Elias had come to the Red Sox prior to the 2016..." April 23

  • Yankees' Gleyber Torres makes English a priority of his big-league experience

    Sporting News "As reporters huddled around his locker on Sunday, Gleyber Torres was hesitant to engage. The 21-year-old was fresh off of his long-awaited debut, but it was an 0-for-4 afternoon that featured a strikeout and seven runners left on base in a 5-1 Yankees win over the Blue Jays. Torres’ caution had..." April 23

  • White Sox Place Miguel Gonzalez On 10-Day DL, Transfer Danny Farquhar To 60-Day DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The White Sox announced on Monday that they’ve placed right-hander Miguel Gonzalez on the 10-day DL and selected the contract of right-hander Chris Beck from Triple-A Charotte. Right-hander Danny Farquhar, who was hospitalized over the weekend in a terrifying scene after collapsing in the dugout..." April 23

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