• Andre Ethier’s rehab assignment could be soon; outfielder expected back in September.

    Inside Socal "The Dodgers expect Andre Ethier to return from his fractured right tibia “sometime in September,” manager Dave Roberts said, and the outfielder could be headed out on a minor league rehab assignment soon. Roberts stopped short of saying that Ethier’s leg is 100 percent healed, but Roberts said..." August 23

  • Rangers release Josh Hamilton to leave open possibility of re-signing him

    Dallas Morning News "The Rangers requested release waivers on Josh Hamilton Tuesday in a move that is designed to give him the chance to begin 2017 with the club. By releasing him before September 1, the Rangers can re-sign him to a minor league contract and have him in the majors before May 15 of next season. If..." August 23

  • Clayton Kershaw throws a bullpen session, feels good

    Hardball Talk "The Dodgers have been without Clayton Kershaw since late June but somehow managed to make up a ton of ground in the NL West and enter play tonight with a one-game lead over the Giants. OK, the “somehow” has a lot to do with the Giants sucking eggs since the break, but the standings are the..." August 23

  • Blue Jays Pursued Joey Votto Trade Last Summer

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays opened “serious discussions” with the Reds last summer about a possible deal to add star first baseman Joey Votto, according to Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star. But those talks “never gained momentum,” per the report. Instead, Toronto shifted its attention to adding Troy..." August 23

  • Yankees pledge to pay for Doc Gooden’s drug treatment — if he accepts

    New York Daily News "Dwight (Doc) Gooden is insisting publicly that he doesn't have a drug problem, yet more and more people want to help him — none more significant than the Yankees, who have reached out to say they'll pay for any treatment he would consider getting. Darryl Strawberry and Ron Dock, Gooden's former..." August 23

  • MLB postseason schedule announced

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball announced its 2016 postseason schedule on Tuesday, opening with the American League Wild Card Game presented by Budweiser on TBS on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and followed by the National League equivalent on ESPN one night later. The 112th World Series on FOX will begin on Tuesday,..." August 23

  • The cautionary tale Yankees hope to avoid with Gary Sanchez

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez isn’t the first young catcher to take The Bronx by storm after being called up during the season. It was just five years ago that Jesus Montero had people take notice when he arrived in September, thrust immediately into a playoff race. Nine games into his career, the right-handed..." August 23

  • Jered Weaver not sure he’ll play next season

    Sportsnaut "Once one of the most dominating pitchers in the American League, Los Angeles Angels veteran Jered Weaver has fallen on hard times recently. The 33-year-old former All-Star is pitching to an 8-11 record with a 5.47 ERA and 1.53 WHIP in 24 starts on the season. It’s his second consecutive..." August 23

  • Tim Tebow to hold workout for MLB teams Aug. 30

    SI "Former NFL quarterback Tim Tebow will hold a workout for prospective Major League Baseball teams on Aug. 30 in Los Angeles, reports ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick. Tebow, who last played baseball in high school in 2005, announced earlier this month that he was planning on pursuing a professional..." August 23

  • Edwin Encarnacion fighting back against 'frivolous' STD lawsuit

    Fox Sports "Edwin Encarnacion, the American League leader in RBIs, is fighting back against a lawsuit by a woman who claims that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases. Encarnacion’s agent, Paul Kinzer, issued a statement Tuesday morning calling the claim against the Blue Jays’ All-Star slugger..." August 23

  • Doc Gooden slams Darryl Strawberry: 'I don't do cocaine and have not for years'

    CBS Sports "Sunday night, Mets legend Darryl Strawberry gave an interview to the New York Daily News in which he called former teammate Dwight Gooden a "complete junkie-addict." Gooden said he was hurt by Strawberry's comments Monday afternoon. Monday night, Doc took it one step further and released a..." August 23

  • Mets' Syndergaard calls out MLB Shop for botching last name

    Fox Sports "Another arm of Major League Baseball has goofed on the spelling for New York Mets flamethrower Noah Syndergaard, and the error did not escape the pitcher's notice. Take a look at the post from the 6-foot-6 righty: MLB Shop even got the hard part right there -- the "G-A-A-R-D." With "part..." August 23

  • John Henry On Dombrowski, Sandoval, Ortiz, Extensions, Pitching

    MLB Trade Rumors "Red Sox owner John Henry discussed a variety of topics in an exchange with Michael Silverman of the Boston Herald (read more here and here). Fans of the team and those interested in the interaction of the front office and upper management will certainly want to give the Q&A a full read, but here..." August 23

  • Sonny Gray unlikely to start for A’s again this season

    Bay Area Sports "It’s becoming increasingly likely that A’s ace Sonny Gray won’t be starting again this season for Oakland. Gray, who has been on the disabled list since Aug. 7, the day after feeling a right forearm strain while facing the Chicago Cubs, said Monday he wanted to get word from the training staff..." August 23

  • Edwin Encarnacion: Sued for Battery ... STD Allegations

    TMZ "Toronto Blue Jays superstar Edwin Encarnacion has been sued by a woman who claims he knowingly gave her multiple STDs during a romantic weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned. The woman behind the lawsuit claims she's a 24-year-old family friend of the MLB star who first met him in 2013. In..." August 23

  • D-Backs To Activate A.J. Pollock From DL Later This Week

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks appear to be on the verge of some much-needed good news, as manager Chip Hale suggested today that center fielder A.J. Pollock will likely be activated from the DL later this week. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic tweeted Hale’s comments. Pollock’s season debut will come..." August 23

  • A’s clubhouse fight: Danny Valencia, Billy Butler altercation details

    San Francisco Chronicle "Details of the altercation between A’s outfielder Danny Valencia and designated hitter Billy Butler emerged Monday, with Valencia facing possible discipline later in the day for his role in the incident. The physical confrontation between the two teammates left Butler unable to play in the weekend..." August 23

  • Pirates, Freese agree to 2-year extension

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "The Pirates and infielder David Freese reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension Monday with a club option for 2019. Freese has had a bounce-back year with the Pirates and has helped the club at first base and third base, where Jung Ho Kang has struggled with inconsistency and..." August 22

  • Dodgers 'trying to give away Puig,' but no one wants him

    Fox Sports "It looks like the Dodgers are ready to move on from Yasiel Puig -- if someone will take him off their hands. The Dodgers are willing to practically give away the outfielder but they're having trouble finding a team that wants him, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:" August 22

  • Stephen Strasburg goes on 15-day DL with right elbow soreness

    ABC News "The Nationals have placed pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 15-day DL with right elbow soreness. Washington has recalled pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse. Cole will replace Strasburg as the Nationals' starting pitcher Monday against the Orioles." August 22

  • Are Baseball Players Obligated to Acknowledge a Home Crowd's Standing Ovation?

    The Big Lead "In today’s column, the New York Post’s Phil Mushnick yet again criticized Mets pitcher Steven Matz for not acknowledging a standing ovation from the Citi Field crowd. The young lefthander was pulled from the game August 14th after his no-hit bid was broken up in the eighth inning. Were we..." August 22

  • Heyward: 'My head is fine' after sitting out weekend

    ESPN "He got a weekend off and now Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward is ready to return to work with one thing in mind: helping his team win to get to October, when the real reset to his season can begin. "At that point no one looks up at what the regular season looks like," Heyward said Sunday..." August 22

  • Gooden denies reports of dire health, lashes out at Strawberry

    USA Today "Dwight Gooden hit the airwaves Monday morning to declare that substance abuse remains an issue in his life, but the former New York Mets ace said he's not anywhere near his deathbed. "I am healthy," Gooden said on The Joe Piscopo Show on WNYM-AM. “I do have a drug problem. I’ve been an addict..." August 22

  • This is how Yoenis Cespedes needs to play for Mets to win

    New York Post "Keep golfing baseballs out of the ballpark, Yo. For six innings Sunday night, the Mets were dead in the water with Jeff Samardzija firing a no-hitter. Then Curtis Granderson doubled, and that golfing demon, Yoenis Cespedes, drove a low pitch high onto the walkway down the left-field line,..." August 22

  • Zack Cozart optimistic about Reds' future

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Zack Cozart’s not exactly fond of watching his team play from the dugout, something he did plenty a year ago. But these last couple of days have been different, he said. While he still wants to be on the field and is pushing to get back at some point this week from an Achilles’ tendon injury,..." August 22

  • D’Backs Ownership Stopped Shelby Miller Trade With Marlins, Hale Firing

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks and Marlins had worked out a trade that would have sent Shelby Miller to Miami in exchange for three starting pitchers, only for Arizona ownership to shoot down the deal, a Marlins executive tells USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. The two sides had been linked in talks about Miller,..." August 22

  • D-Backs owners considering firing Stewart, La Russa

    USA Today "The Arizona Diamondbacks are a mess. Once again. Diamondbacks ownership is strongly considering making sweeping front-office changes, firing some of the most respected men in the game. Once again. If owner Ken Kendrick and president Derrick Hall fire chief baseball officer Tony La..." August 22

  • A Don Mattingly-Yasiel Puig reunion in Miami? Far-fetched, but it sure would be exciting

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Don Mattingly didn't feel appreciated by the Dodgers. Yasiel Puig feels betrayed by them, as they suddenly decided to crack down on his behavior after years of looking the other way. What if they were to bury the hatchet to take down their common enemy? It probably won't happen, but it's fun..." August 22

  • Darryl Strawberry leading fight to help reeling Doc Gooden save his life

    New York Daily News "It was Saturday night when Darryl Strawberry heard about Dwight Gooden’s implied denial of a drug problem in his life, via a text to me that ran in a Daily News story, in which Doc dismissed Strawberry’s own public concern for him as “unreal.” And that’s when the former Met slugger decided..." August 22

  • Price: Betts is the best player in baseball

    MLB.com "David Price is a Vanderbilt-educated Cy Young Award winner. He's made five All-Star teams. He surrendered Derek Jeter's 3,000th hit. Among the last eight American League MVP awards, five were won by Price's current or former teammates -- including Josh Donaldson in Toronto last year. Price..." August 22

  • A’s Billy Butler hurt by Danny Valencia in altercation, sources say

    San Francisco Chronicle "Billy Butler missed the past two games against the White Sox because he was injured in an altercation with teammate Danny Valencia, The Chronicle has learned. No one in the Oakland clubhouse would discuss the matter on the record, but no one denied that it occurred, either. “No comment,”..." August 21

  • Giancarlo confident in return this season

    MLB.com "Don't rule out Giancarlo Stanton playing for the Marlins in the final week or so of the season. A week after going on the disabled list with a Grade 3 left groin strain, the three-time All-Star right fielder is expressing confidence he will return. "He's going to be back," Marlins president of..." August 21

  • Freddy Galvis adamant Phillies should extend protective netting after ball strikes girl

    Philly.com "Freddy Galvis watched on Saturday night as his foul ball struck the face of a young girl and that image was enough for him to become adamant that the Phillies should install protective nettings behind the entire dugouts. Major League Baseball gave teams recommendations last winter to extend..." August 21

  • Jonathan Papelbon looking unlikely to sign with Red Sox

    Boston Herald "Jonathan Papelbon is probably not going to be walking out of the Red Sox bullpen and onto the Fenway Park mound anytime soon. With each passing day that Papelbon remains a free agent, the Red Sox believe that a reunion in Boston is less and less likely to occur this season. Papelbon made..." August 21

  • Hunter Pence is not a fan of pitch clocks

    Hardball Talk "Last week, commissioner Rob Manfred said he would like to see the major leagues adopt a pitch clock, something that’s already in place in the minor leagues. While fans and writers have been chiming in, we haven’t heard much from the players. ESPN’s Eddie Matz caught up with Giants outfielder..." August 21

  • Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery

    Los Angeles Times "Angels closer Huston Street could face season-ending surgery on his injured right knee, Manager Mike Scioscia said Sunday. Street, a two-time All-Star, has been on the disabled list since Aug. 2 because of what the team called inflammation in the knee. Scioscia said Street is consulting with a..." August 21

  • Marlins Activate A.J. Ramos From DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have activated closer A.J. Ramos from the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander Brian Ellington to Triple-A New Orleans, tweets Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Ramos landed on the DL Aug. 9 (retroactive to Aug. 6) with a finger injury, meaning he ended up staying on the shelf for the..." August 21

  • Red Sox owner: Ortiz is 'not replaceable'

    Boston Herald "Q. Ortiz has "joked" multiple times if enough money were offered he'd have to consider returning. Have you asked or plan to ask him to re-consider retiring? A. There’s going to be a big hole in that lineup if he doesn’t return and I know he would return if he thought he could. But it’s a..." August 21

  • Braves to Kemp: Get in better shape

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves have told new left fielder Matt Kemp that he needs to get in better physical shape to reach his potential, general manager John Coppolella said during an interview with MLB Network Radio. “We see Matt Kemp as a player with a big upside,” Coppolella said. “He’s 31-years old. He is not..." August 21

  • Brian McCann calls Yankees' kids 'Best young group I've seen'

    Newark Star-Ledger "The unofficial successor to Alex Rodriguez as Yankees designated hitter didn't seem too interested in talking about his contributions to a 5-1 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night. Brian McCann didn't even mention his two-out, two-run single in the first inning, which was big at..." August 21

  • Rangers' Carlos Gomez: To serve as everyday left fielder

    CBS Sports "Gomez, who signed with the Rangers on Saturday, will be their everyday left fielder according to manager Jeff Bainster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports." August 21

  • Blue Jays option Sanchez to Dunedin, call up Loup

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays have optioned Aaron Sanchez to single-A Dunedin and recalled reliever Aaron Loup. " August 21

  • Aroldis Chapman to get two days off after second blown save with Cubs

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs closer Aroldis Chapman admitted he was a little fatigued Friday night, when he blew his second save as a Cub and third this season in the team’s 7-6 loss to the Colorado Rockies in 11 innings. Chapman was pitching in his fourth game in four nights -- two appearances came in a..." August 21

  • Astros to call up Cuban veteran Yulieski Gurriel

    Houston Chronicle "The wait for Yulieski Gurriel to join the Astros is over. The 32-year-old Cuban infielder will make his Major League debut Sunday in the series finale against the Orioles. Tyler White was optioned to Class AAA Fresno after Saturday's game to make room for Gurriel. Gurriel had 56 at-bats at..." August 21

  • Angels execute host of roster moves, including DFA of Johnny Giavotella

    Today's Knuckleball "The Los Angeles Angels made a series of moves prior to Saturday night’s game against the New York Yankees, including placing third baseman Yunel Escobar on the 7-day concussion disabled list, designating second baseman Johnny Giavotella for assignment, activating first baseman C.J. Cron from the..." August 21

  • Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw: Feels "100 percent" in bullpen session

    CBS Sports "Kershaw (back) said he felt "100 percent" during Saturday's bullpen session, the Orange County Register's Bill Plunkett reports." August 20

  • Rangers nearing deal with Carlos Gomez

    Today's Knuckleball "While one American League West hopeful has shown it has no use for outfielder Carlos Gomez, another may be taking a hard look at the now-free agent center fielder. The first-place Texas Rangers are taking a hard look at the 30-year-old former Astro. Though the Rangers currently lead the..." August 20

  • Howard expected to finish season with Phillies

    MLB.com "Chase Utley enjoyed an unforgettable homecoming this week at Citizens Bank Park, and the way Ryan Howard has played lately, he could receive an even warmer farewell in a few weeks, too. Howard opened the season in a platoon with Darin Ruf, but he moved into a reserve role following the arrival..." August 20

  • O’s to sign outfielder Chris Dickerson to minors deal

    Baltimore Baseball "Looking for help down the stretch, particularly from someone who can contribute strong center field defense if needed, the Orioles are expected to sign 34-year-old Chris Dickerson to a minor league deal today. Dickerson, who was at Camden Yards on Friday, is expected to play for the Double-A..." August 20

  • Internal reorganization behind Blue Jays’ front office shakeup

    Sportsnet "The continuing internal reorganization of the Toronto Blue Jays led to the firing of three scouting and player development employees this week, says general manager Ross Atkins. Amateur scouting director Brian Parker, who oversaw the club’s last four drafts, and national crosschecker Blake..." August 20

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