• MLB to implement code of conduct for fans at ballparks in 2018

    Lucky Sports Fan "Effective next season, Major League Baseball intends to implement a universal code of conduct for fans who attend games. The issue, which arose after a May 1 incident in which Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones was berated by racial taunts at Fenway Park in Boston, was discussed at the..." August 22

  • Mets say David Wright will DH for Class-A St. Lucie on Tuesday night

    New York Daily News "David Wright will begin his rehab Tuesday night in a Class-A game with St. Lucie. The third baseman — who hasn't played in a major league game since May 27, 2016 — will be the designated hitter in a game at Port Charlotte. He's suffered a herniated disc in his neck and spinal stenosis. Mets..." August 22

  • If Stanton thinks 61 is the home run record, that's fine, but context is important

    CBS Sports "Although his pace has slowed down the last few days, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been an epic home run tear these last few weeks. He's crushed 19 home runs in 34 second half games and 24 home runs in his last 39 games overall. Stanton leads MLB with 45 home runs in 2017. Only one other..." August 22

  • Velasquez done for season; Phils sign Henderson Alvarez

    Phillies Nation "As if the news below wasn’t enough, Jon Heyman just reported the Phillies have signed pitcher Henderson Alvarez to a minor league contract. The 27-year-old Venezuelan, who found success with the Marlins from 2013-14, was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the Atlantic League (Independent)...." August 22

  • Hall of Fame broadcaster Rafael 'Felo' Ramirez dies at 94

    ESPN "Hall of Fame radio broadcaster Rafael "Felo" Ramirez, the signature voice for millions of Spanish-speaking sports fans over three decades, died Monday at age 94, the Miami Marlins announced. "The entire Marlins organization is deeply saddened by the loss of a great friend, Hall-of-Fame..." August 22

  • Shelby Miller Hires Roc Nation Sports

    MLB Trade Rumors "Diamondbacks righty Shelby Miller has hired Roc Nation Sports and agent Kyle Thousand to represent him, Liz Mullen of the Sports Business Journal reports on Twitter. Miller, who’s still just 26 years of age, underwent Tommy John surgery in mid-May. So long as his recovery goes well, he ought to..." August 22

  • Rehabbing Kershaw to make 1st-ever start in Triple-A

    MLB.com "Clayton Kershaw will make a rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday before returning to the Dodgers' starting rotation, manager Dave Roberts said after Kershaw's successful four-inning simulated game on Monday. "He's getting close," Roberts said after Kershaw threw 55 pitches to test..." August 21

  • Mets' Matz may have arthritic left elbow

    12 Up "The New York Mets have had a devastating season in 2017. Constant injuries had riddled the Mets, who many predicted to be a shoe in to make the playoffs for their third straight season. Now on the outside looking in, Mets' fans thought it would be impossible for their season to get any..." August 21

  • Melvin Upton Jr Opts Out Of Minor-League Deal With Giants

    CSN Bay Area "The Giants have taken flyers on plenty of veterans this season. A player they once hoped would help fill the outfield void won't finish the season with the organization. Melvin Upton Jr. opted out of his minor league deal, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Per Heyman, Upton Jr. is..." August 21

  • Why a shoulder injury could be to blame for Aaron Judge's second half slump

    CBS Sports "Sunday afternoon, during his team's loss to the Red Sox (BOS 5, NYY 1), Yankees rookie slugger Aaron Judge went 0 for 4 with a strikeout to drop his overall season batting line down to .282/.413/.593, which is still excellent, obviously. Only six qualified hitters have a 1.000 OPS this season and..." August 21

  • Justin Verlander implies baseballs are juiced

    Sportsnaut "How does Justin Verlander celebrate throwing a gem against baseball’s best team? By heavily implying that baseball’s are juiced. What else? ESPN’s Buster Olney took to Twitter to note that 75 MLB players have 20 home runs in 2017, while only 57 topped that mark in 2014. It’s one of many stats..." August 21

  • MLB reportedly threatened to fine umpires over protest wristbands

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s umpires dropped a protest over player behavior after just one day, but it turns out they had more than one reason for doing it. The white wristband protests ended quickly after commissioner Rob Manfred promised to meet with representatives from the umpires’ union to..." August 21

  • Miguel Sano fouls a ball off his shin, so a columnist slams him for his weight

    Hardball Talk "As Bill wrote last night, the Twins have placed third baseman Miguel Sano on the 10-day disabled list with a stress reaction in his left shin. He sustained the injury Friday after he fouled a ball off of his leg, attempted to play through it, and left the game on Saturday when the pain became too..." August 21

  • Tigers’ Ian Kinsler fined $10K for comments about umpire

    Sportsnet "Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler was fined $10,000 for his recent comments about umpire Angel Hernandez, reports ESPN’s Buster Olney. Kinsler told media on Friday that he was fined, but didn’t disclose details. He did stand behind his comments, though, saying, “I just speak the truth..." August 21

  • Rangers' Gallo, Bush in concussion protocol after violent collision

    Sports Day "The Rangers could open a series at the Los Angeles Angels without slugger Joey Gallo and reliever Matt Bush. They came out of the game on Sunday after a hard collision while chasing a pop-up in the infield during the eighth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Chicago White Sox at Globe Life Park. The..." August 21

  • Dodgers send 8 to scout P/RF Otani

    TSN "The Los Angeles Dodgers appear to have significant interest in Japanese standout Shohei Otani. Otani, who is both a pitcher and right fielder, may make a move to North America this winter and according to Japan's Sponichi Annex, the Dodgers sent eight representatives including president of..." August 21

  • Gibbons: Donaldson may see more time at SS

    TSN "Josh Donaldson made his first career start at shortstop on Sunday and, according to manager John Gibbons, it may not be his last. Donaldson shifted to shortstop as Jose Bautista took over at third base. Ezequiel Carrera started in right field, Bautista's usual spot, and Ryan Goins started at..." August 21

  • Justin Upton could opt out after '17, still undecided

    MLB.com "Justin Upton had a split second to think about his path as he rounded second base on his third-inning home run Friday night. He wasn't thinking about his future as a Tiger, or his contract opt-out at the end of the season. He was thinking about whether he had touched first base. "I knew I'd hit..." August 21

  • August acquisitions not likely for Diamondbacks

    Arizona Republic "The Dodgers and Brewers made acquisitions this past week, adding outfielder Curtis Granderson and second baseman Neil Walker, respectively. For those contending clubs, the waiver deals should bolster their lineups. The Diamondbacks, however, do not seem likely to make a similar acquisition,..." August 21

  • Piscotty may stick with Cards

    MLB.com "Permitted to add a 26th man to the roster for Sunday's Little League Classic because of the unique mid-series travel involved, the Cardinals summoned outfielder Stephen Piscotty back from Triple-A Memphis. The roster move assured Piscotty only of a one-day stay, but president of baseball..." August 21

  • Bartolo Colon Becomes 18th Pitcher to Defeat All 30 MLB Teams

    Bleacher Report "The Minnesota Twins' 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sunday's matchup was more than just another regular-season game in the dog days of summer; it was history for Bartolo Colon. According to Jonah Birenbaum of The Score, the 44-year-old became just the 18th pitcher to notch a..." August 21

  • Clayton Kershaw Expected to Make Rehab Start Next Weekend, Says Dave Roberts

    Bleacher Report "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said ace Clayton Kershaw is expected to make a rehabilitation start with either Tulsa or Oklahoma City next weekend, according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times. He is also scheduled to throw three innings of a simulated game in Pittsburgh on..." August 20

  • Rob Manfred not in favor of electronic strike zone, says technology isn’t good enough yet

    New York Daily News "Despite increasing calls to use technology to determine balls and strikes, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn’t in favor of such a change, according to MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. “The fact of the matter is they (umpires) get them right well over 90 percent of the time,” Manfred said, adding..." August 20

  • Blue Jays Interested In Extending Marco Estrada

    MLB Trade Rumors "Blue Jays right-hander Marco Estrada is scheduled to become a free agent in the offseason, but a trip to the open market isn’t a certainty. A member of the Toronto organization informed FanRag’s Robert Murray that there’s mutual interest in keeping Estrada in a Blue Jays uniform beyond this..." August 20

  • David Price's return becoming race against the clock for Red Sox

    Boston Herald "For the fifth day in a row, David Price will not play catch today. At this point, his rehab from left elbow inflammation is not so much a march toward recovery as it is a race against the clock. The Red Sox have 39 games left to play in the final six weeks of the regular season. Price hasn’t..." August 20

  • ‘I never once found any evidence that [Tom] Yawkey was personally racist,’ biographer says

    Boston Globe "Bill Nowlin’s biography of Thomas Yawkey comes out in February. In light of Red Sox principal owner and Boston Globe publisher John Henry’s recent comments that he would lead the way in trying to have Yawkey Way renamed given Yawkey’s racist past, Nowlin makes a case that Yawkey may not have been..." August 20

  • Booing of former Cub Miguel Montero bothers Kyle Hendricks

    Chicago Tribune "You don’t have to be a big star to get a warm welcome upon your return to Wrigley Field. After being traded to the Nationals in 2013, outfielder and current CSN analyst David DeJesus got a standing ovation in his first at-bat back, despite spending less than two seasons on the Cubs and hitting..." August 20

  • Jeffrey Loria says ‘no sadness’ about selling Marlins

    Larry Brown Sports "Jeffrey Loria is in the process of selling the Miami Marlins, the team he has owned for the last 15 years. As Loria prepares to turn his team over to a group led by Derek Jeter, he says he has no sadness over losing his team. Though Loria did not give reasons for why he is selling the team,..." August 20

  • Does Joc Pederson have a future with Dodgers?

    Fanrag Sports "There have been few negatives to this magical 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers season. Most players are having huge years and playing key roles in the team being within striking distance of the all-time MLB record for wins. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said about fan favorite and third-year slugger..." August 20

  • Blue Jays acquire Tom Koehler from Marlins

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays added another experienced arm to their pitching mix by acquiring right-hander Tom Koehler from the Miami Marlins in exchange for low-A Lansing righty Osman Gutierrez. Koehler, a 31-year-old earning $5.75 million mostly covered by the Marlins, has posted a 7.92 ERA and a..." August 20

  • Kinsler doesn't care about umpire protest: 'That's their problem'

    CBS Detroit "An incident between Detroit Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler and MLB umpire Angel Hernandez has sparked an unified protest among umpires, and manger Brad Ausmus doesn’t like it. Some umpires across the league wore white arm bands on Saturday to indicate they were not happy Kinsler was not..." August 20

  • Girardi won't move Judge from No. 3 spot: 'He's still dangerous'

    New York Post "Aaron Judge’s nightmarish second half isn’t going to get him bumped down in the lineup — yet. After Judge went 0-for-4 with three more strikeouts in the Yankees’ 4-3 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, leaving four more runners on base, manager Joe Girardi said he wasn’t considering sliding him..." August 20

  • Noah Syndergaard posts Twitter tribute to all his traded teammates

    Yardbarker "Noah Syndergaard is pouring one out on social media for his fallen comrades. The New York Mets right-hander took to Twitter on Friday to post a tribute to his now-former teammates Curtis Granderson, Lucas Duda, Jay Bruce, and Neil Walker, all of whom were traded away in the last few weeks...." August 20

  • CC Sabathia contemplated retiring after going down with latest knee injury

    New York Daily News "At this point in CC Sabathia’s storied career, the future is uncertain. Will his right knee hold up the rest of the season? Will he need another cleanout procedure at the end of the year? Sabathia did say he’ll “probably” have to get a knee replacement “at some point” when his career is..." August 20

  • Michael Conforto not ready to be Mets’ leader yet and that’s OK

    New York Post "If there is one mistake the Mets could make in what remains of this season, it would be to push Michael Conforto into the leadership breach created by the deconstruction of the roster. For while Conforto has performed more than ably, and in fact wonderfully in filling voids out of his comfort..." August 20

  • Osuna says he's learned how to control anxiety through therapy

    Los Angeles Times "Roberto Osuna could have said he had a sore arm. Every pitcher does, at some point during the long season. His team could have checked him out and granted him a few days off, and by that time, maybe the symptoms would have gone away. Osuna is the All-Star closer for the Toronto Blue Jays. When..." August 20

  • Top Yankees prospect puts birth certificate drama behind him

    New York Post "Estevan Florial is exactly the prospect the Yankees envisioned, even if they didn’t envision his name. Among the Yankees’ additions from the 2014 international signing period was Haniel d’Oleo, a then-17-year-old out of the Dominican Republic who did not project to have a weakness. The Yankees..." August 20

  • Aaron Judge Breaks Record for Most Consecutive Games with Strikeout

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge set an MLB record Saturday by striking out in his 36th consecutive game. According to MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, Judge broke the record previously set by Montreal Expos pitcher Bill Stoneman in 1971. Judge took sole possession of the dubious distinction..." August 20

  • Nationals activate Stephen Strasburg for Saturday start

    Washington Post "The Nationals officially activated Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list, and the right-hander will make his return Saturday against the Padres at Petco Park. Strasburg took Max Scherzer’s spot on the roster after he was placed on the disabled list Friday with neck inflammation. No other..." August 19

  • Aroldis Chapman yanked from closer gig

    New York Daily News "Aroldis Chapman is no longer the Yankees closer, with Joe Girardi going with match-ups for the time being. Chapman could eventually return to the role, Girardi said Saturday. He's in the first year of a five-year, $86 million deal. Chapman gave up two more runs as part of a larger bullpen..." August 19

  • Umpires union: ‘Open season’ on umpires, protesting with white wristbands

    USA Today "Major League Baseball fined Tigers second baseman Ian Kinsler for his comments about umpire Angel Hernandez this week, but the union representing MLB umpires is far from satisfied. The World Umpires Association issued a statement condemning the lack of support from the Office of the..." August 19

  • Derek Jeter’s first big move might make Marlins fans angry

    New York Post "Derek Jeter is about to take on the best slugger in the majors in his prime. Yet, Giancarlo Stanton will present Jeter with his first great challenge heading the Marlins baseball operations, assuming the sale to the group led by Bruce Sherman and Jeter is approved by the other..." August 19

  • Dodgers option Pederson after Grandy deal

    MLB.com "When the Dodgers bolstered their outfield depth by acquiring Curtis Granderson from the Mets on Friday, slumping Joc Pederson's at-bats figured to be limited going forward. That speculation manifested into reality a day later on Saturday, as Pederson was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to..." August 19

  • Dodgers' Yu Darvish heading to 10-day DL with back issue

    Sporting News "Dodgers starting pitcher Yu Darvish is headed to the 10-day DL. Fortunately for Los Angeles, the back issue their newly acquired starter is suffering from does not appear to be too serious. Darvish was acquired from the Rangers at the trade deadline for three prospects and has gone 2-0 with a..." August 19

  • What the Granderson trade means for the Mets, Dodgers and every other contender

    CBS Sports "Late Friday night, the first-place Los Angeles Dodgers improved their team even further by adding outfielder Curtis Granderson in a trade with the New York Mets. New York will receive a player to be named later or cash. Here's how August trades work, if you're unfamiliar with the trade waivers..." August 19

  • Joe Girardi declines to commit to Aroldis Chapman as Yankee closer

    Larry Brown Sports "Struggling New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman did not get much of a vote of confidence after another horrendous outing Friday night against the Boston Red Sox. Chapman was asked to pitch the eighth inning Friday with the Yankees down a run to the Red Sox, but the flamethrowing closer once..." August 19

  • Terry Collins is revealing who he is because he gives a ‘s–t’

    New York Post "The stress of this terrible Mets season showed itself Friday night in another chest cold for Terry Collins and another trade, this one sending outfielder Curtis Granderson, a Collins favorite, to the Dodgers. “That’s why I’m sick,’’ Collins told The Post at Citi Field on a long, rainy night the..." August 19

  • Cubs claim Rene Rivera off waivers from Mets

    CBSChicago.com "The Cubs have claimed catcher Rene Rivera off waivers from the Mets, they announced Saturday. The 34-year-old Rivera is a nine-year veteran who’s hitting .230 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 54 games this season. He’s a career .215 hitters. Rivera has thrown out 10 of 31 runners attempting..." August 19

  • Mets' Conforto: Losing Granderson 'like a punch in the gut'

    New York Daily News "Players and coaches came out of the back rooms and made a beeline to the corner of the clubhouse, lining up to say their goodbyes to Curtis Granderson. The Mets veteran outfielder was hugging teammates and shaking hands as the front office was finalizing a deal to send him to the Dodgers Friday..." August 19

  • AJ Hinch has not heard from MLB about umpire criticism

    Larry Brown Sports "Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch has not heard from MLB despite criticizing the umpires from Thursday’s 4-0 loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks. Hinch was especially upset with the way the game ended and criticized umpire Paul Nauert for calling out Marwin Gonzalez on strikes to end the game...." August 19

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