• 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Braves sign ex-Jay Bautista to minor league deal

    TSN "The Atlanta Braves have signed ex-Toronto Blue Jay Jose Bautista to a minor league deal as a third baseman. He has reported to Atlanta's spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. “Just ready to help the Braves win some ballgames," Bautista told Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic..." April 18

  • Mike Napoli suffers 'significant knee injury' in Triple-A, Terry Francona says

    Sporting News "Mike Napoli's diagnosis doesn't seem good after he fell during Triple-A Columbus' game against Pawtucket Tuesday, the Athletic reported. According to Indians manager Terry Francona, Napoli suffered "a significant knee injury" on his right leg after he tripped trying to catch a foul ball at the..." April 18

  • Ex-MLB'er Matt Mantei Arrested For Assault & Battery

    TMZ "Flame-throwing ex-MLB pitcher Matt Mantei was arrested and thrown in jail for assault and battery Tuesday night in Michigan ... TMZ Sports has learned. Mantei -- a closer with a 100 MPH heater -- played 10 seasons in the big leagues for the Marlins, Diamondbacks and Red Sox. He had a career..." April 18

  • What to make of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen's puzzling, troubling start

    CBS Sports "Much of the baseball fans in the eastern and central time zones woke up to seeing Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen had blown another save. This time it came against the Padres and he really should have lost the game. First up, Eric Hosmer went yard: That's a 90 mile-per-hour cutter that was pretty..." April 18

  • Indians vs. Twins to Be Played in Puerto Rico Despite Island-Wide Blackout

    Bleacher Report "Despite an island-wide blackout, the scheduled game between the Cleveland Indians and Minnesota Twins in San Juan, Puerto Rico, will be played Wednesday. According to ABC News, it is expected to take between 24 and 36 hours for power to be restored. San Juan Mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz tweeted..." April 18

  • Yankees running out of reasons not to bring up Gleyber Torres

    New York Post "What it comes down to, as we survey the cosmic forces that will finally put Gleyber Torres in a Yankees uniform, is coverage. The Yankees launched the season with coverage in favor of assigning their top prospect to the minor leagues. They actually gained a little coverage, in a manner that..." April 18

  • Wheeler open to shift to bullpen if that's what it takes to stay

    SNY TV "Mets RHP Zack Wheeler is open to a move to the bullpen if that's what it takes for him to stay on the big league roster. "I am not being selfish, I am just trying to prove my case," Wheeler said after Tuesday night's start. "I want to be here and be on this team. Whether it is helping in the..." April 18

  • Pirates reward fans who attended Tuesday’s frigid game with ticket vouchers

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Pittsburgh Pirates did their part to reward the brave souls who braved the frigid, miserable weather and attended Tuesday night’s game against the Colorado Rockies at PNC Park. How? By presenting those fans who did make it through the gates with a ticket voucher for a game at a later date." April 18

  • Cleveland Indians donate playoff share worth nearly $37,000 to Puerto Rico relief

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians, a team that took first place in the AL Central with 102 wins last season, showed some charity on Monday as they tried to do their part to provide aid for Puerto Rico, an island still suffering from the effects of Hurricane Maria. Maria ravaged Dominica and Puerto Rico for..." April 18

  • Yankee Stadium continues to boo struggling Stanton, hitting .086 at home

    The Score "Yankee Stadium continues to be a house of horrors for Giancarlo Stanton. The slugger endured another miserable night at the plate Tuesday, going 0-for-4 with two strikeouts, an infield popup, and grounded into a double play against the Miami Marlins. He finished 0-for-7 with one walk and four..." April 18

  • Prospect Tyler O'Neill expected to join Cardinals

    MLB.com "Tyler O'Neill's scorching hot start lifted him all the way to the Majors. The Cardinals plan to promote O'Neill, the club's Cardinals' No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, prior to Thursday's makeup game against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, according to a source. The club originally planned to..." April 18

  • No one complained about Francisco Lindor’s celebration, but he apologized anyway

    Hardball Talk "Francisco Lindor hit a homer in the Twins-Indians game down in Puerto Rico yesterday. It was a big moment for Lindor, a Puerto Rico native, on a night when the fans at Hiram Bithorn stadium were primed to celebrate something, anything, after months and months of recovery from Hurricane..." April 18

  • Dodgers' Chase Utley reaches oddly impressive milestone

    Sportsnaut "Chase Utley may not be the hitter that he once was. But the Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman still knows how to get on base. Utley was hit by a pitch in the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the San Diego Padres. It was a milestone, of sorts. While the game wasn’t stopped to honor the..." April 18

  • Yankees considering dropping Giancarlo Stanton in lineup

    Larry Brown Sports "Giancarlo Stanton’s disastrous first few weeks as a New York Yankee has manager Aaron Boone reconsidering his spot in the batting order. After Stanton went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday in a 9-1 loss to his former team, the Miami Marlins, Boone said he was thinking about dropping the..." April 18

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani removed from game against Red Sox with blister after two innings

    USA Today "Well, Babe Ruth had a few clunkers, too, back a century ago. Shohei Ohtani, making his third start of his Major League Baseball career, lasted just two innings against the powerful Boston Red Sox. He developed a blister problem in the second inning, the Angels announced, ending his night..." April 18

  • A's Insider Says Threat of Team Leaving for Portland is 'Real'

    12 Up "The Oakland Athletics' struggles have continued yet again this season and the team is a ticking time bomb. Ownership has failed to secure a new location outside of Oakland Coliseum and as the Raiders are set to leave for Vegas in the coming years, the A's could be soon to follow. After..." April 18

  • Dodgers Acquire Ariel Hernandez From Reds For Zach Neal, Ibandel Isabel

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds and Dodgers have announced a swap that will send starter Zach Neal and first baseman Ibandel Isabel to Cincinnati. In return, the Los Angeles organization acquires recently designated reliever Ariel Hernandez. Neal had already cleared waivers after being designated in the first week of..." April 17

  • Don Mattingly Unsure If Giancarlo Stanton Can Handle Boos From Yankees Fans

    NESN "New York Yankees right fielder Giancarlo Stanton already has started to feel the pressure from Yankees fans after striking out five times in two separate games, resulting in getting booed from the crowd. The slugger, who was traded to New York from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade over..." April 17

  • MRI for D-backs’ Walker revealed injury to UCL, will get second opinion

    Arizona Sports "An MRI on Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Taijuan Walker’s right elbow Monday determined that he has injured his UCL, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo told reporters on Tuesday. Walker will get a second opinion in New York on Wednesday and was already on the way there at the time Lovullo..." April 17

  • Twins’ Byron Buxton scratched from lineup with migraine

    Twin Cities "Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, originally scheduled to bat eighth in the opener of this two-game Puerto Rico Series against the Cleveland Indians, was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after batting practice because of a migraine. Robbie Grossman took Buxton’s spot in the lineup, bumping Max..." April 17

  • Anthony Rizzo OK with taking pay cut for fewer games: 'We play too much baseball'

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is advocating for a shorter season, even if that means a smaller paycheck for players. "I think we play too much baseball," Rizzo said Tuesday during his weekly appearance on ESPN 1000. "Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game..." April 17

  • Blue Jays confirm Rogers Centre roof issue resolved, will play Tuesday

    The Score "There will be baseball under the roof in Toronto on Tuesday. The Toronto Blue Jays announced they have been cleared to play Tuesday's doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals at Rogers Centre following a "thorough investigation" of the stadium's retractable roof, which was damaged by falling..." April 17

  • The time the Red Sox thought they had landed Shohei Ohtani

    Hardball Talk "Shohei Ohtani will face off against the Boston Red Sox tonight in Anaheim. In honor of the occasion, Rob Bradford of WEEI.com relates the tale of the time the Sox thought they had a good chance to sign the Japanese star. Not this past offseason, but back when Ohtani was in high school. It’s..." April 17

  • Nationals manager: Robles will not need surgery on injured elbow

    Masn "Nationals manager Davey Martinez had good news on top prospect Victor Robles, who suffered a hyperextended left elbow attempting to make a diving catch in shallow center field in a Triple-A game last Monday in Rochester, N.Y. There had been concern that Robles had broken his elbow or had..." April 17

  • Marlins Activate J.T. Realmuto

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins announced today that they’ve activated catcher J.T. Realmuto from the 10-day disabled list. Realmuto, who opened the season on the shelf due to a lower back contusion, went 3-for-3 with a homer in his lone rehab game and will jump right into the mix in Miami, as he’s in the lineup..." April 17

  • Source explains why it would be surprising if Yankees promote Gleyber Torres soon

    Newark Star-Ledger "A source close to top prospect Gleyber Torres told NJ Advance Media on Tuesday he'd be surprised if the Yankees call Torres up within the next couple of days since it would seem such a blatant exploitation of the service clock rules. The source requested to be off the record in order to speak..." April 17

  • A-Rod asked to cut child support confirms father of ex-wife Cynthia

    New York Daily News "John Scurtis, father to Alex Rodriguez's ex-wife Cynthia and the family patriarch, says the scandal-stained former Yankee slugger has tried to reduce his child support payments for the couple's two daughters, Natasha and Ella, confirming a Daily News report from last week. "My daughter Cynthia..." April 17

  • This is the next-best thing to a Giancarlo Stanton hot start

    New York Post "Giancarlo Stanton is struggling, trying to get the feel for being a Yankee. This is a difficult process, coming from another team. The second-best thing that could have happened to Stanton, however, is taking place. Sure, it would be wonderful for the Yankees if Stanton had gotten off to a..." April 17

  • Postponements will force Cubs to identify a sixth starting pitcher

    Chicago Tribune "The postponement of Monday night’s Cubs-Cardinals game because of inclement weather allowed first baseman Anthony Rizzo more time for his tight lower back to recover. But there might not be much more rest for the Cubs rotation, which eventually will need at least one extra starting pitcher in..." April 17

  • Aaron Judge becomes quickest to hit 60 career home runs

    Hardball Talk "Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge hit his 60th career home run on Monday night, a solo blast to right field off of Marlins starter Caleb Smith in the second inning. In doing so, Judge became the quickest to 60 career dingers. He got there in 197 games, beating the previous record of 202 games held by..." April 17

  • Yankees' Brandon Drury admits to batting with blurred vision 'all the time' while battling migraines

    CBS Sports "Baseball players are rarely 100 percent physically. The day in, day out nature of the 162-game season ensures every player is banged up to some degree. Something is always aching. In the case of New York Yankees third baseman Brandon Drury, he's played through much more than aches and pains...." April 17

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