• Getting Japanese star Shohei Otani to U.S. could be complicated because of posting system

    Newsday "By all accounts, Shohei Otani — the next Japanese superstar, a Ruthian combination of pitching ace and power bat — is determined to leave the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters to play in the Major Leagues next season. The problem, and it could be a newly complicated one, is getting him to the United..." May 28

  • Pirates' Jameson Taillon solid in 1st rehab start after cancer surgery

    ESPN "Less than three weeks after testicular cancer surgery, Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Jameson Taillon struck out six in three scoreless innings in his first rehab start. Taillon allowed one hit and one walk for Double-A Altoona on Sunday, throwing one wild pitch." May 28

  • Madison Bumgarner Expected to Resume Throwing Friday as Part of Injury Rehab

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy said ace Madison Bumgarner is expected to begin throwing on Friday as he rehabs from a shoulder strain, according to Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle. He will then throw five rehab starts once he's ready to resume pitching, per..." May 28

  • Mike Trout leaves game on Sunday after jamming wrist

    Fanrag Sports "Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout left Sunday’s game against the Miami Marlins in the sixth inning after he jammed his wrist, according to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Trout was 0-of-2 prior to exiting. The 25-year-old is having a monster season. Trout entered Sunday’s action boasting a..." May 28

  • Reds acquire Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers

    Hardball Talk "The Reds acquired utilityman Darnell Sweeney from the Dodgers in exchange for cash considerations, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports. This is the second time that the Dodgers have traded Sweeney. The club sent him to the Phillies along with John Richy in August 2015..." May 28

  • Scott Boras says Jake Arrieta still elite despite fastball velocity drop

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta's agent, Scott Boras, pushed back on the notion Arrieta isn't an elite pitcher just because his fastball velocity has dropped this year, while also insisting it's way too small of a sample size to judge the free agent to be. "The question becomes what's..." May 28

  • Indians Terry Francona says Danny Salazar is moving to bullpen

    Fanrag Sports "Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona says that right-handed pitcher Danny Salazar will be moving to the bullpen, according to the Indians’ official Twitter account. Salazar will most likely be available in relief by Wednesday. The 27-year-old has been struggling mightily this season...." May 28

  • Rays' Chris Archer sees little benefit to scheduled doubleheader

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays officials from principal owner Stuart Sternberg down are excited about the single-admission doubleheader they scheduled for June 10 as a novel and retro experience, including a between-games banner parade. But player rep Chris Archer said Saturday that he is not happy about the decision,..." May 28

  • Pablo Sandoval to stay with Triple-A for now

    MLB.com "Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval will not join his team for its series against the White Sox starting Monday, and he will instead stay with Triple-A Pawtucket through the beginning of next week. Sandoval is recovering from a sprained right knee that landed him on the disabled list on April..." May 28

  • Cardinals Place Kolten Wong On DL, Promote Paul DeJong

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Cardinals have placed second baseman Kolten Wong on the 10-day disabled list with a left elbow strain. His roster spot will go to infield prospect Paul DeJong, whose contract has been purchased from Triple-A. After a down season last year in which he lost playing time at the keystone to..." May 28

  • Derby for Mike Trout? ‘Probably not’

    Orange County Register "When Mike Trout makes his next appearance at Marlins Park, don’t expect to see him in the Home Run Derby. “I don’t think so, probably not,” Trout said Saturday, when asked if he was planning to participate in the annual slugger showcase the day before the All-Star Game, which is in Miami this..." May 28

  • Dellin Betances' domination has Yankees teammates sharing fans' excitement

    Sporting News "Adam Warren can’t help but find Dellin Betances amusing. When the 6-8, 265-pound reliever takes the mound, Warren and the rest of the Yankees don’t just feel confident. They get legitimately excited. Watching Betances is as entertaining to them as it is to fans paying for a ticket. The only..." May 28

  • Collins 'out of explanations' after Mets' bullpen implodes again

    Newsday "Terry Collins leaned back in his chair Saturday night, the exasperation bubbling in his chest forcing him to let out a deep breath. As if by reflex, he extended his arms and turned his palms upward, a signal of momentary surrender. “I’m out of explanations,” the Mets’ manager said as he..." May 28

  • Danny Salazar could be moved to bullpen?

    Larry Brown Sports "Danny Salazar’s nightmarish season may cost him his spot in the Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation for the time being. Paul Hoynes of Cleveland.com reports on Saturday that “indications are” the Indians could be moving the right-hander to the bullpen. The 27-year-old Salazar, who made the..." May 28

  • Brian Johnson's finest hour ends with inevitable demotion

    Boston Herald "After one last dazzling catch in center field, Jackie Bradley Jr. jogged toward the infield and joined the queue waiting to congratulate his starting pitcher. Bradley still had the ball in his glove. When he reached Brian Johnson, Bradley handed it over. “I said, great job,” Bradley said...." May 28

  • Marlins negotiating purchase agreement with two groups, still expect sale

    Miami Herald "The Marlins are negotiating purchase agreements with groups led by both Jeb Bush and Tagg Romney, fully intending to strike a deal with one of those two groups in the coming weeks, an MLB source briefed on the situation said Saturday. The Bush/Derek Jeter group is further along in completing a..." May 27

  • Alex Rodriguez reportedly lands ABC News deal

    Sporting News "Alex Rodriguez apparently is expanding his burgeoning media empire. Already gainfully employed as a full-time analyst at Fox Sports, Rodriguez has now agreed to a major deal to work with ABC News as well, the New York Post reports. That means the man with 696 career home runs could soon be..." May 27

  • White Sox officially sign Cuban outfielder Robert

    CSN Chicago "The worst kept secret is finally out of the bag. The White Sox officially announced the signing of free agent Cuban outfielder Luis Robert to a minor-league contract, which includes a $26-million signing bonus. “We are excited to add Luis — another young, extremely talented and impactful..." May 27

  • Millennial Bryce Harper Says No To Participation Trophies

    The Big Lead "In the common telling of How Millennials Got to Be So Awful (by Some Baby Boomer), one of the major culprits is said to be the “participation trophies” that were handed out to all kids born between 1980 and 2000, depriving us of the hard lessons of life that can be learned through sports, and..." May 27

  • Brad Ausmus finally breaks silence on Tigers' schedule: 'I think it's awful, actually'

    Detroit Free Press "Brad Ausmus has had plenty of opportunities over the past five days to complain about the Detroit Tigers’ schedule. As of Friday afternoon, he had yet to use one. The message from Ausmus’ chair in the visiting manager’s office during the team’s most grueling stretch of the season was: We’ll..." May 27

  • Jim Bunning, Hall of Fame pitcher and ex-U.S. senator from Kentucky, dead

    USA Today "Former U.S. Sen. Jim Bunning, a major league pitching star who took his aggressive, no-nonsense brand of competitiveness into the game of politics as a congressman and senator from Kentucky, died at the age of 85. A strong right-hander with more than 100 wins and a no-hitter in each of the two..." May 27

  • Mets ownership still supports Terry Collins — for now

    Newsday "With the steadfast support of a longtime ally in Fred Wilpon, Terry Collins remains entrenched as manager of the Mets, with multiple sources telling Newsday that ownership has given no indication of making a change in the near future despite the team’s struggles. Though the Mets have muddled..." May 27

  • Blue Jays’ Josh Donaldson taking extra precautions to remain off DL

    Sportsnet "Opposing teams often pitch Josh Donaldson high and tight, and given that an errant 87-mph change-up from Kansas City Royals reliever Kelvin Herrera struck him on the left side of the face last Aug. 5, he understandably concluded it was better to be safe than sorry. That’s why when the Toronto..." May 27

  • Dodgers have had ‘no serious talk’ about Ryan Braun trade

    Larry Brown Sports "Ryan Braun is a name that has been linked to the Los Angeles Dodgers for nearly a year now, but it sounds like the team has never really been close to acquiring the slugger. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Dodgers have had “no serious talk” about Braun since last year. And even..." May 27

  • Madison Bumgarner to throw off flat ground soon, Bruce Bochy says

    ESPN "San Francisco Giants ace Madison Bumgarner is ready for the next step in his rehab after being sidelined since mid-April following a dirt bike accident in Colorado. Bumgarner, who suffered a Grade 2 AC joint sprain and is expected to be out until after the July 10-13 All-Star break, should be..." May 27

  • Carlos Santana expected to become free agent

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians entered the season with hopes of signing Carlos Santana to a contract extension, but things may be changing on that front. Jon Heyman reported in a column for Fan Rag Sports that the Indians haven’t talked about an extension with Santana and that the belief is he will..." May 27

  • Dodgers' Roberts: 'We're a better team' than Cubs this year

    Fanrag Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers open a three-game series against the Chicago Cubs on Friday at Dodger Stadium and manager Dave Roberts still has last year’s National League Championship Series on his mind. The Cubs defeated the Dodgers in six games to win the pennant, and eventually went on to win the..." May 27

  • Mets legend Tom Seaver says pitchers should 'learn to pitch' or they won't age well

    New York Daily News "The early morning sun had just completed its rise over the top of Diamond Mountain when the three-time Cy Young award pitcher, clippers in hand and clad in his dusty boots, overalls and long sleeved, plaid cotton shirt, spotted me at the foot of his vineyard. “Well, well,” said Tom Seaver,..." May 27

  • Andrew McCutching batting below cleanup spot for first time as starter

    Yardbarker "Andrew McCutchen’s rough start to the season led manager Clint Hurdle to change his lineup for Friday’s game against the Mets. The result was a first for McCutchen as a starter for the Pirates. After a disappointing 2016 season that saw McCutchen post career-lows in batting average, on-base..." May 27

  • Nationals Acquire Ryan Raburn From White Sox

    Hardball Talk "The Washington Nationals have acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the Chicago White Sox. Raburn had been playing at Triple-A Charlotte. He’ll be assigned to Triple-A Syracuse in the Nats organization. The Nationals will send cash or a player to be named later to the White Sox to complete the..." May 27

  • Yankees attendance 'woes' are a point of discussion in New York these days

    CBS Sports "The Yankees are in first place, sit sixth in attendance so far this season and yet, there's a headline in the New York Times that reads, "Winning Yankees Aren't Faring Nearly as Well at the Ticket Office." What gives? Is this much ado about nothing? Let's dig in. First off, generally..." May 27

  • Gary Sanchez not to blame for Masahiro Tanaka’s struggles

    Fanrag Sports "Apparently, the desire to take the air out of Gary Sanchez’s sails continues unabated. After some off-the-record sources recently claimed the young Yankees catcher was “a mess back there,” some Twitter chatter cited the notable ERA difference when Masahiro Tanaka pitches to Sanchez compared..." May 27

  • Tanaka erases Yankees' concerns with career-high 13 Ks

    New York Daily News "Masahiro Tanaka’s gem was all for naught. After a stellar performance from the Yankees’ right-hander, Tyler Clippard first nearly threw the game away on an errant pick-off throw, and then simply pitched it away by allowing the A’s to score a pair of runs in the eighth inning. Ultimately, the..." May 27

  • Yoenis Cespedes to begin minor league rehab assignment with St. Lucie on Friday

    New York Daily News "Yoenis Cespedes is scheduled to play a rehab game with St. Lucie on Friday night. The Mets slugger is batting third for the Class-A Mets. Cespedes has been on the disabled list since April 28 with a strained left hamstring." May 26

  • If the Tigers are sub-.500 at the end of June it’ll be fire sale time

    Hardball Talk "Jon Morosi reports that that the Detroit Tigers will make all veterans available via trade if they’re still under .500 by the end of June. This was the position they entered the offseason with — everyone is available! — but they ended up gearing up for one more push with the core of veterans..." May 26

  • Tommy Lasorda undergoes surgery to replace pacemaker

    Los Angeles Times "Tommy Lasorda, the Hall of Fame Dodgers manager, underwent surgery on Thursday to replace his pacemaker. The Dodgers announced the procedure Friday morning. In a statement, the team indicated Lasorda is “doing well and looking forward to returning to Dodger Stadium.” " May 26

  • Nationals acquire outfielder Ryan Raburn as possible bench depth

    Washington Post "In the wake of Chris Heisey’s significant biceps injury, the Washington Nationals added more potential bench help Friday when they acquired outfielder Ryan Raburn from the White Sox organization in exchange for a player to be named later or cash considerations, according to a person familiar..." May 26

  • Dodgers Claim Mike Freeman, Chris Heston

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have claimed two players off waivers from the Mariners, the teams announced today. Infielder Mike Freeman and righty Chris Heston are now headed to the Los Angeles organization. Both players have been optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City to open their tenures with the new club. To..." May 26

  • Mets' Terry Collins: Trying not to look like 'an idiot' with injury timelines

    ESPN "New York Mets manager Terry Collins attempted Thursday to clarify comments he had made the day before about his role in relaying injury news to reporters. Collins had said Wednesday he was "not at liberty" to discuss right fielder Jay Bruce's injury situation, an apparently new restriction for..." May 26

  • Brock Holt shut down for foreseeable future with lingering head injury

    Boston Herald "After his latest visit with a concussion specialist, Brock Holt will be shut down for the foreseeable future. Red Sox manager John Farrell said Friday that Michael Collins, an expert in sports concussions at the University of Pittsburgh, advised Holt that it was time to stop trying to play..." May 26

  • Stadium deaths: Are Major League Baseball facilities safe enough?

    USA Today "At about 10:57 p.m. on May 16, a 42-year-old man named Rick Garrity was exiting Wrigley Field in Chicago when he apparently tried to climb a 36-inch rail on a ramp leading from the upper deck, according to Chicago Cubs and police officials. He then fell over the rail, plunged a significant..." May 26

  • Cashman: Tanaka's woes warranting 'CSI: The Bronx' investigation

    MLB.com "Brian Cashman said that the Yankees have deployed every available tool to examine Masahiro Tanaka's health and mechanics, and the general manager sounds convinced that the right-hander will be able to bounce back from his current slump. "We've done the 'CSI: The Bronx' on him a number of..." May 26

  • The Indians are unveiling a Frank Robinson statue on Sunday

    Hardball Talk "The Cleveland Indians will unveil a Frank Robinson statue at Progressive Field on Saturday. Robinson’s tenure in Cleveland was not long, but it was historic. On April 8, 1975, he became the first African-American manager in Major League history. He was a player-manager. One of the last ones, in..." May 26

  • Ryan Braun heads to the disabled list after injuring his calf again

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Brewers will place outfielder Ryan Braun on the 10-day DL, per Tom Haudricourt of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (Twitter links). The veteran left tonight’s action with left calf tightness. Braun, 33, has been his typical self at the plate thus far, carrying a .265/.353/.529 batting line..." May 26

  • Hey kids: don’t swing a weighted bat in the on deck circle

    Hardball Talk "Here’s an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal. It’s about some studies of hitters who use weighted bats or doughnuts on their bats in the on deck circle. Turns out that, contrary to conventional wisdom, using a weighted bat for practice hacks does not speed up one’s swing when one uses..." May 26

  • Braves make up with fan ejected by security for interference

    Yardbarker "The Atlanta Braves tried their best to make up with some fans who many feel were mistreated by an aggressive security member. During the eighth inning of Wednesday’s Braves-Pirates game, a fan reached over the railing and scooped up a ball down the right field line that was in play. The..." May 26

  • Mariners snap out of offensive slump, but the pitching staff is still a problem

    CBS Sports "Thanks to a big offensive explosion, the Seattle Mariners snapped their five-game losing streak Thursday afternoon against the Washington Nationals. That offensive explosion? It was four runs (SEA 4, WAS 2). That qualifies as an explosion for these Mariners. Prior to Thursday's win, the..." May 26

  • Banister: Rangers aren't thinking about feud with Blue Jays

    Sports Day "As far as Jeff Banister is concerned, all of the hullabaloo concerning last year's benches-clearing brawl between the Rangers and Toronto is over with as the teams prepare for their first regular-season meeting since then. You may recall that Jose Bautista was hit in his final at-bat of the..." May 26

  • Chad Bettis plans to pitch this season after cancer scare: 'It's going to happen'

    Fox Sports "His chemotherapy ended on May 16. He will undergo a blood test and CT scan on Monday. If all is clear, doctors will remove the port for his chemo on Wednesday. And then? Chad Bettis is a major-league pitcher. His goal is to pitch again this season for his team, the first-place Colorado..." May 26

  • Sox set David Price's season debut for Monday

    MLB.com "David Price is scheduled to make his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox, Red Sox manager John Farrell said Thursday. The left-hander has not pitched in the Majors this season due to continuing soreness in his left elbow. Price has not been great in two rehab starts,..." May 25

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