• Cubs use 3 different pitchers as OFs en route to 15-inning win

    ESPN "The Cubs played three different pitchers in left field in their 15-inning, 7-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday. Two of them, lefty Travis Wood and righty Spencer Patton, alternated pitching and playing left in the 14th inning before Wood pitched the 15th while setup man Pedro Strop played..." June 29

  • Despite Angels' poor start, GM says Mike Scioscia's job is not in jeopardy

    Los Angeles Times "he Angels were 17 ½ games back in the American League West with four starting pitchers still on the shelf and a .206 hitter in the cleanup spot Tuesday night, grim realities for a team that hasn’t hit the halfway point of the season and is already far out of contention. But a first half filled..." June 29

  • Marlins infield on historic 26-game error-free run

    Sportsnaut "The Miami Marlins know how to minimize mistakes on the defensive end, and the infield has put together the best stretch of defensive ball in over a century. According to STATS LLC, per Patrick Pinak of MLB.com, Miami’s infield hasn’t recorded an error in 26 straight games. The last time they..." June 29

  • Injured Carlos Beltran would be the sign Cashman’s waited for

    New York Post "Two to four. Seven to nine. When the baseball obit writers put the final touches on the Yankees’ disappointing 2016 season, the visiting hours for the pinstriped wake are posted above courtesy of The Post. Three-fifths of the rotation sport ERAs north of 5.00. The hitting has been spotty..." June 29

  • Heavy rain and hail turned the Rockies' clubhouse into a flooded mess

    SB Nation "The Colorado Rockies' game was delayed on Tuesday after heavy rain and hail created a very wet scene and ice covered the field. But the field wasn't the only area that needed some maintenance. Water also poured into the Rockies' clubhouse, leaving it very flooded." June 29

  • Phil Hughes To Undergo Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "Twins right-hander Phil Hughes will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, tweets Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The operation will alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome, according to Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, who adds that GM Terry Ryan says the club expects Hughes..." June 28

  • Billy Beane's Athletics need to embrace a rebuild

    MLB Daily Dish "Nobody in baseball today has as much of a reputation as a wheeler-dealer as Billy Beane's Oakland A's (yes, David Forst is the general manager, but they will always be Beane's A's). And it's well-earned; when the going gets tough, A's players get going. Last year, Oakland dealt for Tyler..." June 28

  • Cause for concern as Clayton Kershaw flies to L.A. to see back specialist

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers are 14-2 when Clayton Kershaw starts and 28-34 when he doesn't. We already knew he was the best pitcher on Earth, but the Dodgers' performance when he does or doesn't pitch is a nice illustration of his value. Why do we bring this up? Well, you can read a headline so you already..." June 28

  • Giants could let Bumgarner hit in lieu of DH

    MLB.com "An intriguing issue was raised Monday, but not answered: Will the Giants scrap using a designated hitter when Madison Bumgarner starts Thursday at Oakland and let the adept-hitting pitcher take his cuts instead? Giants manager Bruce Bochy skirted the issue for now. "Too early to commit," he..." June 28

  • Murray: Goldschmidt changes agents to Excel Sports Management

    Today's Knuckleball "Arizona Diamondbacks All-Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has left ISE Baseball, formerly called Relativity Baseball, and is now represented by Excel Sports Management, according to league sources. It is not believed that Goldschmidt’s agent at ISE Baseball, Joe Sambito, will follow him to..." June 28

  • Rays' Silverman 'dissatisfied,' not ready to sell

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays president of baseball operations Matt Silverman said he was "very dissatisfied" with the team's play this season, but he offered his support Monday for manager Kevin Cash and stated his faith in his ballclub in the wake of the 0-for-7 road trip that extended the Rays' losing streak to 11..." June 28

  • Cashman: 'I want to be a contender, not a pretender'

    The Score "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is done playing games. The club is 7 1/2 games back of the division lead, and fading, while Baltimore, Boston, and Toronto continue to own the American League East. Meanwhile, New York is struggling to keep pace. "We can't keep treading..." June 28

  • Bruce Bochy joins Sparky Anderson as the only managers to win 800 games with two teams

    Hardball Talk "Bruce Bochy won his 800th game as the Giants’ manager in dramatic fashion on Sunday afternoon, as his club pulled out a walk-off 8-7 victory against the Phillies. He leads active managers in wins with 1,751 and joins Sparky Anderson as the only managers in baseball history to win 800-plus games..." June 28

  • Noah Syndergaard denies reports he has bone spur after short start

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Mets have some pitcher drama, but this time it doesn't involve Matt Harvey. After struggling during an 11-4 loss against the Washington Nationals, Noah Syndergaard denied reports he's been dealing with a bone spur in his elbow. While Syndergaard was able to pump his usual velocity..." June 28

  • Phillies prospect suffers career-threatening eye injury

    The Good Phight "ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports the Phillies’ second round draft pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, left-handed pitcher Matt Imhof, has suffered an eye injury during a routine stretching exercise that is considered career threatening. Imhof, who was not listed among the Phils’ top 30 prospects heading..." June 28

  • Sean Doolittle Drawing Interest; Giants Looking At Josh Reddick

    Fox Sports "Here's an idea for the Athletics, a relatively radical idea considering the team's history of trading its best players: Keep the core together. Sign right fielder Josh Reddick long-term, and do not trade right-hander Sonny Gray, catcher Steven Vogt and reliever Sean Doolittle. Oh, Billy..." June 28

  • Yankees president rips media for asking if they'll sell at trade deadline

    Yahoo! Sports "Since many contenders around baseball are already dreaming of adding either Andrew Miller or Aroldis Chapman to their bullpens, it's safe to say a good chunk of the league thinks of the New York Yankees as trade-deadline sellers as we getting closer to July. The Yankees are 37-37. They're..." June 27

  • Lucas Giolito to make major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito will be called up from Double-A Harrisburg to make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports. The Nationals recently placed Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list, so the club was in need of another..." June 27

  • Drew Pomeranz could be key trade chip

    Today's Knuckleball "With James Shields already gone and the San Diego Padres continuing to fall farther back in the National League West standings, many are waiting for the next shoe to drop. And it’s quite possible that the next piece of the roster to go is starter Drew Pomeranz, who signed a one-year, $1.35..." June 27

  • Clayton Kershaw not expected to miss start after back treatment

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed Monday morning that Clayton Kershaw was receiving treatment for minor back discomfort but insisted the issue did not affect his pitcher's six-inning start Sunday against the Pirates. Kershaw gave up both his second-most hits (nine) and runs..." June 27

  • Yankees sign deal with StubHub to be official ticket resale partner

    ESPN "The New York Yankees announced Monday morning that they are transferring their resale business, Yankees Ticket Exchange, to StubHub, which will take over for Ticketmaster as the team's new fan-to-fan ticket exchange. Financial terms were not available, but the business is believed to be worth..." June 27

  • Confessions of a Steroid Pioneer

    Bleacher Report ""This is going to be awesome, bro," the man with no front teeth—upper or lower—tells me. Steak, medium-rare, sizzles on the platter. Sauteed mushrooms beckon from their bowl. Loaded baked potatoes are floating nearby like a couple of delicious, cumulous clouds. We have come to meet and dine..." June 27

  • The Tigers could be sellers at the trade deadline. Again.

    Bless You Boys "As the month of June draws to a close and the halfway point of the 2016 MLB season approaches, the Detroit Tigers, who were supposed to resume their place as contenders in the AL Central, find themselves falling farther behind the first place Cleveland Indians. The Tribe just ran through..." June 27

  • Why Stroman's struggles are more mental than physical

    The Score "Marcus Stroman continued to labor through his season-long slump Sunday in a pitching matchup he probably could have learned something from. After all, the young Blue Jays right-hander was facing White Sox ace Chris Sale, the All-Star lefty who’s readjusted himself into the American League’s..." June 27

  • Boston Red Sox Should Trade For Matt Garza

    Baseball Hot Corner "The Boston Red Sox are in trouble. They can’t just keep pedaling Clay Buchholz out to the mound every fifth day and cross their fingers. Boston dropped two of three in Texas after losing three out of four at home against Chicago. Their bench is weak due to injuries, especially in left field. The..." June 27

  • Report: Marlins discussing Chapman, Rodney

    The Score "The surging Miami Marlins are reportedly mulling a pair of big-name relievers to help bolster their chances of securing a playoff spot in the wide-open National League. Sources tell ESPN's Buster Olney that the surprising Marlins, who currently own a share of the NL Wild Card lead, have..." June 27

  • Why Mark McGwire would make a great manager someday

    Fox Sports "Week 12 of the MLB season is in the books and many drafted high school and college baseball players are getting rich this month. The leader in the clubhouse is the Reds' first-round pick -- third baseman Nick Senzel out of the University of Tennessee -- who went No. 2 overall and has signed for..." June 27

  • Mariners ‘leaning toward’ Thursday start for Walker

    Tacoma News Tribune "Help is on the way. If all goes as Mariners manager Scott Servais said he expects, Taijuan Walker should be ready to make his next start on Thursday when the Mariners host the Baltimore Orioles. Walker missed his last start because of tendinitis in his right foot. Both he and Wade Miley..." June 27

  • Weird weight room accident lands Stephen Strasburg on the disabled list

    CBS Sports "Stephen Strasburg hasn't started a game since June 15 due to a strained back. On Saturday he was scratched from his scheduled start on Sunday, his second consecutive missed start. Barring a miraculous night of sleep, it seemed likely that Strasburg would be headed to the disabled list. Sure..." June 26

  • Dodgers considering trade for Jay Bruce?

    Dodger Blue "During a recent interview, Los Angeles Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman said the front office would target ‘elite-level players’ at the trade deadline. Their focus reportedly is on acquiring a starting pitcher, reliever, and/or a bat, with trading for a young starter said..." June 26

  • Schilling says he would return to ESPN under new ownership

    Awful Announcing "Ever since Curt Schllling was fired by ESPN back in April, he’s been keeping busy making political posts on his Facebook and Twitter accounts, appearing on Boston’s WEEI Radio and talking on various conservative talk shows. He also did a Reddit AMA (Ask Me Anything) chat taking questions on..." June 26

  • Mets, Giants Interested In Yunel Escobar; Angels “Listening”

    MLB Trade Rumors "SUNDAY: The Mets have also shown interest in Escobar, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports (Twitter link). Escobar could directly serve as a replacement for the injured David Wright at third, or his multi-position versatility could further add to a plethora of infield options for New..." June 26

  • The Giants have asked the Reds about trading for Jay Bruce

    Red Reporter "Just about three weeks ago, I stated the obvious: the San Francisco Giants needed Jay Bruce, and they needed him right that very moment. The banged up outfield was without Angel Pagan for a series of weeks and All Star Hunter Pence for a couple of months, leaving a clear void in both the field..." June 26

  • Oakland A’s and Josh Reddick to revisit contract extension talks before trade deadline

    Athletics Nation "The Oakland Athletics “plan to revisit talks with [Josh] Reddick before” the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline, reports Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports. Rosenthal says earlier talks stalled over the length of the deal, with the A’s preferring a three-year deal for the 29-year-old and Reddick asking..." June 26

  • Jake Arrieta to get Coastal Carolina tattoo after losing bet

    ESPN "Reigning National League Cy Young winner Jake Arrieta will have to visit a tattoo artist when the Cubs return to Chicago from their road trip after losing a bet to teammate Tommy La Stella over the College World Series. Coastal Carolina eliminated TCU from the tournament Saturday, beating the..." June 26

  • Pete Rose on Reds HOF: 'Biggest thing ever'

    USA Today "Pete Rose grew up playing baseball on hot, sunny Cincinnati afternoons such as Saturday. And, the town’s favorite sports son made it mostly about his home city as Rose was inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame. “To date, this is the biggest thing ever to happen to me in baseball,” said Rose,..." June 26

  • Yankees designate Ike Davis for assignment to clear space for Mark Teixeira

    New York Daily News "To make room for the returning Mark Teixeira, the Yankees designated first baseman Ike Davis for assignment on Saturday. The Yankees signed Davis to a major-league contract on June 13, and he went 3-for-14 with an RBI, a walk and two runs in eight appearances. The move didn’t surprise Davis,..." June 26

  • Terry Collins ripping into Alejandro De Aza may be last straw

    New York Post "Alejandro De Aza’s days with the Mets appear numbered. The veteran outfielder isn’t hitting, and on Saturday, he received an earful from manager Terry Collins after his lack of hustle helped kill an inning. With Wilmer Flores on first base in the 10th inning, De Aza popped up a bunt and..." June 26

  • Gio to remain in rotation amid rough stretch

    MLB.com "Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez continued to have problems in arguably his roughest start of the season, a 6-5 loss to the Brewers on Saturday. Gonzalez lasted just three innings and allowed six runs on six hits. His problems started in the first when he allowed an infield single to leadoff..." June 26

  • The Cardinals are changing things up at closer, Rosenthal is out

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals started the frame up 3-1 on the Mariners, but closer Trevor Rosenthal's ninth went double, walk, walk-off homer. For the Cardinals and their rooters, this is a somewhat familiar refrain. As such, St. Louis manager Mike Matheny met with Rosenthal on Saturday and let him know he'll..." June 26

  • Angels sign Torri Hunter Jr. signs, but will still play football

    L.A. Daily News "The Angels on Saturday added a familiar name to their organization. Torii Hunter Jr., whom they selected in the 23rd round of the draft two weeks ago, signed a contract, the club announced. He is the son of former All-Star outfielder Torii Hunter, who played for the Angels for five of his 19..." June 26

  • White Sox tie MLB record with 7 HRs in loss

    MLB.com "The White Sox hit seven home runs during Saturday's game against the Blue Jays at U.S. Cellular Field, and made dubious history in the process. Those seven long balls, all amazingly of the solo variety, were not enough to prevent a 10-8 loss. The White Sox matched a single-game club record for..." June 26

  • Struggling Conforto demoted by N.Y. Mets, Nimmo called up

    Hardball Talk "Michael Conforto has learned a harsh lesson about life in majors: There’s a limit to patience. The New York Mets have demoted the 23-year-old outfielder to the team’s Triple-A affiliate Las Vegas to bring up another promising player in Brandon Nimmo. Conforto’s left-field spot will be filled by..." June 26

  • Failing when ahead in the count a source of Bryce Harper's struggles

    ESPN "Bryce Harper’s start to the 2016 season had many questioning if he was getting ready to repeat his MVP campaign from a year ago. But those thoughts have long since subsided, as Harper has been held hitless in 25 of his past 52 games and is looking up at the league with a .252 batting average in 71..." June 25

  • Cole Hamels on Red Sox : 'It Was a Team I Would Have Played For'

    WEEI Boston "A year ago, Cole Hamels’ future was the hottest topic in baseball. The then-Phillies pitcher represented one of the trade deadline prizes, with the Red Sox linked to the lefty for more than a year. In the end, however, the Rangers reeled in Hamels, an acquisition that has paid off handsomely for..." June 25

  • The Chicago Cubs Should Trade Kyle Schwarber

    The Sports Quotient "For weeks now, rumors have been swirling around the Chicago Cubs organization that they are want to, and are likely to, make a significant trade before the July 31 Non-Waiver Trade Deadline. The MLB-leading Cubs (47-24) already have a deep and talented roster, but with the right acquisition they..." June 25

  • Jose Reyes to return to original MLB team in deal with Mets

    ESPN "Shortly after Jose Reyes becomes a free agent at 1 p.m. ET Saturday, the New York Mets are expected to sign the 33-year-old shortstop, according to ESPN and multiple reports. The Mets originally signed Reyes in 1999 as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic. He was a member of the..." June 25

  • Could Cardinals make a change at closer?

    MLB.com "A month that opened with manager Mike Matheny insisting that there would be no changes coming to the closer's role is now nearing an end with growing uncertainty surrounding that spot. After nudging their way ahead of the Mariners during a three-run eighth, the Cardinals watched it all dissolve..." June 25

  • Why ex-Met Ike Davis, Yankees might not be finished yet

    Newark Star-Ledger "Maybe Ike Davis' Yankees tenure isn't done. Though the Yankees replaced him with first baseman Mark Teixeira on Saturday, the ex-Mets first-round pick said he'd be fine with returning to the Yankees and playing in the minor leagues if another team doesn't scoop him up. "I mean, it wouldn't..." June 25

  • The Red Sox have inquired on a couple of Braves pitchers

    Hardball Talk "Jim Bowden of ESPN reports that the Red Sox have inquired on Braves pitchers Julio Teheran and Arodys Vizcaino. It’s a matchup that makes sense, though Bowden says that “there is no traction to a trade at this time.” The sense part is that the Red Sox could use a starter and Teheran looks like..." June 25