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  • Dodgers' Mookie Betts ties MLB record for most three-homer games

    CBS Sports "Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts sure likes hitting homers in bunches. He went bonkers Thursday night against the San Diego Padres (Gametracker). He was hit by a pitch in his first plate appearances. After that ... First off, congrats to those who have Betts..." August 14

  • MLB, MLBPA report no positive coronavirus tests outside of one club

    Yardbarker "On Friday, MLB and the MLB Players Association shared promising news regarding the latest round of coronavirus testing around the league. Per a joint statement, the bodies announced that only four of the 12,301 samples collected over the last week through Thursday..." August 14

  • Percentage of Black players in MLB still low, but there are signs of growth

    USA Today "It has been excruciatingly slow, tormenting Major League Baseball, creating skepticism and doubt anything will change. The numbers still are embarrassingly low, but finally there are signs of growth. “We live in a microwave society, and we want to see instant..." August 14

  • MLB To Facilitate Alternate Training Site Data Sharing

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball is developing a plan to allow interested teams to share information about players participating in alternate training sites. Kiley McDaniel of reported the news (Twitter links), noting that it has not yet been initiated. At this point, it appears..." August 13

  • Who could move at the weirdest MLB trade deadline in history?

    ESPN "The Aug. 31 MLB trade deadline is still nearly three weeks off, but let's take an early look at some of the factors that will influence what might happen. Or won't happen. It's possible this year's deadline will be a dud for several reasons: lack of talent available, more teams..." August 13

  • Joe Kelly says that Astros players snitched on fall guys to save themselves

    The Score "Joe Kelly isn't done with the Houston Astros. The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever saw his eight-game suspension for throwing at Astros batters reduced to five Wednesday. Before he appealed, he made an appearance on teammate Ross Stripling's "Big..." August 13

  • Dodgers trying to avoid injured list with Corey Seager

    True Blue L.A. "Corey Seager is out of the lineup for a third straight day with lower back discomfort in the Dodgers’ series opener against the Padres at Dodger Stadium. For now the team doesn’t plan to put him on the injured list. At least not yet. The most a team can..." August 12

  • MLB in ‘serious talks’ about two-city postseason bubble

    Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s considerations of creating a bubble for postseason games are apparently growing more serious. Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Wednesday that the league is in “serious talks” about a possible playoff bubble. The league is said to prefer a..." August 12

  • Joe Kelly ban reduced to 5 games

    TSN "Major League Baseball has reduced Los Angeles Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly’s suspension to five games after his appeal, according to a report by Jeff Passan and Kiley McDaniel of ESPN. Kelly was originally suspended eight games for throwing at the head area of... " August 12

  • WBC to take place in 2023 with 20-team field

    Sportico "Major League Baseball has decided to move the World Baseball Classic from next season to 2023, a high-placed source told Sportico Monday. The announcement will officially come sometime after this COVID-abbreviated 60-game season and postseason. The only..." August 12

  • Which new MLB rules do we love and which should never be seen again?

    ESPN "The 2020 Major League Baseball season was going to be remarkable from the get-go for a number of proposed rule changes. Now that we're more than a quarter of the way through the season, we have a sense of how much these new rules have had an impact on the game. With that in mind, we checked..." August 12

  • Ron Roenicke Will Switch Off Andrew Benintendi, Alex Verdugo At Leadoff Spot

    NESN "Ron Roenicke has experimented a bit at the leadoff spot, and it sounds like he’ll continue to switch between two players. Both Andrew Benintendi and Alex Verdugo have had their shot as the first batter in Boston’s starting nine. Benintendi hasn’t had much success..." August 11

  • Jeff Passan Calls For MLB Postseason Bubble "Last night, ESPN's Jeff Passan reported Major League Baseball was considering instituting some kind of bubble setup for the playoffs come fall. Considering the lack of success in preventing teams from suffering outbreaks of coronavirus that sidelines them for days or weeks and causes..." August 11

  • Dodgers place Joe Kelly on injured list with right shoulder inflammation

    True Blue L.A. "We were expecting Joe Kelly news on Monday, with the appeal hearing of his eight-game suspension. But instead, he will miss time for another reason, getting placed on the injured list with right shoulder inflammation. The move was retroactive to Sunday, as Kelly last..." August 10

  • Dodgers Outright Terrance Gore

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have outrighted outfielder Terrance Gore, Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register tweets. He had recently been designated for assignment. Gore will remain in the Dodgers’ 60-man player pool.  " August 10

  • MLB considering bubble plan for 2020 postseason

    CBS Sports "Last week, CBS Sports examined why Major League Baseball was the only of the major American professional team sports leagues to forgo a "bubble" setup in its initial return to play this year. Most of the insiders who spoke to CBS Sports said that MLB would have..." August 10

  • Pitchers Are Dropping Like Flies, Evidence MLB Rushed a Return to Play

    The Big Lead "The Arizona Diamondbacks put Madison Bumgarner on the injured list Monday afternoon, as he became the latest in a large group of pitchers suffering injuries. In just 18 days, the IL has been packed with 56 pitchers, in the latest sign that Major League Baseball rushed the start of the 2020..." August 10

  • MLB's latest power rankings for the 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB season rolls on and it’s already proven to be a wild ride with some teams already a quarter through the 60-game schedule, while the St. Louis Cardinals have only played five games. A key matchup this week between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays provided us a..." August 10

  • Hunter Pence: Spoiling Johnny Cueto's no-no bid 'feels absolutely awful'

    The Score "San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning of Saturday's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it was spoiled on an odd play where left fielder Hunter Pence last track of a flyball. At the onset of the..." August 09

  • Dodgers encouraged by Corey Seager's back scan "Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager's back scan “proved to be clean,” manager Dave Roberts said on Saturday. Seager, removed from Friday night’s 7-2 win with lower back discomfort, was not in Saturday’s lineup against the Giants. Chris Taylor was..." August 08

  • OF Alex Verdugo does not like being compared to Mookie Betts

    Larry Brown Sports "Alex Verdugo is working hard to carve out his own path in Boston. Addressing the media Friday after a two-homer game against the Toronto Blue Jays, Verdugo, the centerpiece of the Red Sox’s return package for Mookie Betts, said he did not like being compared to the former AL..." August 08

  • These 5 teams are already postseason locks "Several teams have already played 13 games, which means by Sunday, they will be more than a quarter of the way through the season. That’s farther than you realized, right? You blink, and you miss a lot. Thus, you might be a little surprised how, already, a few teams are..." August 08

  • Los Angeles Dodgers' defense could be among the best in recent memory

    ESPN "The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best lineup in the National League and maybe the best pitching staff, but their two biggest highlights of the season have been two tremendous throws. The first, from Mookie Betts deep in the right-field corner to cut down Ketel..." August 07

  • 1 possible Deadline upgrade for every team "The season is barely two weeks old, yet the Trade Deadline (Aug. 31 at 4 p.m. ET) is rapidly approaching. Teams around baseball have already been forced to deal with health issues -- both related to COVID-19 as well as traditional injuries -- that have forced them to adjust on the..." August 07

  • MLB players on how they've had to adapt, from no fans in the stands to no couches in the clubhouse

    ESPN "Los Angeles Dodgers hitting coach Brant Brown used to see his daily drive to the ballpark as an opportunity to make phone calls. But this season he has learned, as many of the team's players and coaches have, that it's best to stay quiet on his commute to save up enough saliva for..." August 06

  • MLB, MLBPA adopt sweeping changes to COVID-19 protocols

    The Score "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to several changes to the league's COVID-19 operations manual, according to Jared Diamond of The Wall Street Journal. The following protocols will take effect Thursday and remain in place for..." August 06

  • Dodgers Promote Zach McKinstry

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers have promoted utilityman Zach McKinstry to the active roster, per a club announcement. He’ll take the roster spot of southpaw Victor Gonzalez, who was optioned down. " August 05

  • Dave Roberts: 'No conspiracy theory,' Gavin Lux isn't ready

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers aren't in a hurry to recall top infield prospect Gavin Lux, but manager Dave Roberts is adamant that the team is not attempting to manipulate his service time to gain an extra year of control. "First of all, there is no conspiracy theory..." August 05

  • Rob Manfred: MLB protocols working despite setbacks

    ESPN "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred believes the health protocols the league has in place are working despite outbreaks of coronavirus on the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals. He's calling for "vigilance" from all parties, though the league..." August 05

  • If the Braves try to replace Mike Soroka via trade, which pitchers might be available?

    CBS Sports "The Braves suffered a pretty sizable blow on Monday night, when young ace Mike Soroka tore his right Achilles tendon. He will miss the rest of the season and 2021 might even be impacted. Word from the front office is the Braves are going to try to replace him internally, but..." August 05

  • MLB to use 28-man rosters for rest of season and playoffs

    The Score "Major League Baseball is tweaking its pandemic-related rules once again. Effective Thursday, all active rosters will be reduced from 30 players to 28 and will remain at that number for both the balance of the regular season and the playoffs, a source told Ken Rosenthal of The..." August 04

  • Jeff Passan: MLB could consider a bubble format for the playoffs

    Yardbarker "Major League Baseball is only a few weeks into its season but it's already struggling, as multiple teams have experienced coronavirus outbreaks, causing the schedule to be thrown into a frenzy. Many have said the MLB should have created a bubble like the NBA and according to Jeff Passan,..." August 04

  • Giancarlo Stanton's Ex Has Reportedly Moved on With Cody Bellinger

    Sports Gossip "Cody Belling is the reigning MVP, so it makes sense that he'd have one of the world's most beautiful women. But unfortunately for him, he does know who his girlfriend's ex is. Everyone does, that's because it's the Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton. " August 04

  • Minor League Baseball Changes Negotiating Teams

    Baseball America "A long, winding and contentious negotiation between Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball took another surprising and dramatic turn on Monday, Aug. 3.   " August 04

  • If We're Making Up Baseball Rules As We Go, How About This One?

    The Big Lead "The Cincinnati Reds swept the Detroit Tigers in a doubleheader unlike any other yesterday. Major League Baseball's first foray into the seven-inning game was a mixed bag. Playing 14 innings instead of 18 certainly made the long day a bit shorter and, on balance, the most deserving team..." August 03

  • MLB power rankings for the 2020 season

    Sportsnaut "The 2020 MLB season is underway and we’ve already seen the COVID-19 pandemic dramatically impact the 60-game schedule. With commission Rob Manfred determined to push forward, though, we push forward with our MLB power rankings. Unsurprisingly, the Los Angeles Dodgers..." August 03

  • After HR to pool, Betts exits with finger injury "Dodgers outfielder Mookie Betts was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning on Sunday with a sore left middle finger sustained during a fifth-inning at-bat that ended with a home run into the Chase Field pool. Betts flexed the hand repeatedly during the fifth-inning..." August 02

  • Early Trends Emerging at the Start of Historic 2020 MLB Season

    Bleacher Report "Before it began, exactly how the first 60-game season in Major League Baseball's long history would unfold was anybody's guess. Now that we have more than a week's worth of data, let's dive into it. It's obviously too early to read too much into anything,..." August 02

  • Rob Manfred committed to season amid COVID-19 surge: 'Players need to be better'

    The Score "Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred isn't ready to give up on the 2020 season just yet. Even amid a COVID-19 outbreak that's reportedly affected 20 people within the Miami Marlins organization and as multiple St. Louis..." August 01

  • Dodgers lose to Diamondbacks, but OF Mookie Betts has his coming out party

    USA Today "There were no Los Angeles Dodgers fans in the stands Friday to cheer, chant his name or bow out of reverence. No teammates willing to high-five him, hug him or give him a little dab. The coronavirus pandemic has changed life as we know it, but no matter what you care to..." August 01

  • Clayton Kershaw injury update: Dodgers ace will make 2020 debut Sunday vs. D-Backs

    CBS Sports "The Dodgers have gone 5-2 at this young point in the season and they've done so without Clayton Kershaw. The ace started the season on the injured list due to a back injury. Since the season started, Alex Wood has joined Kershaw on the IL, leaving them with four..." July 31

  • Rob Manfred blasted for threatening to shut down MLB season

    Sportsnaut "It was always going to be tricky to start the 2020 MLB season amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic around the United States. Unlike the NBA and NHL, baseball is being played outside of a bubble. This brings a lot of issues to the forefront. Immaturity from players and the danger of..." July 31

  • MLB star reportedly threatened to get teammates traded if they violated safety protocol

    Larry Brown Sports "There is growing frustration among some MLB players about their colleagues not taking health and safety protocols seriously, but make no mistake, there are plenty taking things seriously. In light of the Miami Marlins’ COVID-19 outbreak, some players appear to be taking steps to..." July 31

  • Future Salary Obligations Of All 30 Teams

    MLB Trade Rumors "Recently, we ran through the full slate of future financial commitments teams have made to MLB players. As I explained throughout that series of posts, there are several different ways to look at salaries. Since the purpose of this exercise is to see where teams stand as we enter a period of..." July 31

  • MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred threatens to shut down 2020 season

    Clutch Points "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred has threatened to shut down the 2020 MLB season if the sport doesn’t do a better job of managing the coronavirus, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN. This comes in the wake of a plethora of Miami Marlins players and coaches testing..." July 31

  • Latest COVID-19 results released by MLB, PA "Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the latest COVID-19 testing results under MLB’s COVID-19 Health Monitoring & Testing Plan, through the end of Thursday, July 30: MONITORING TESTING Covered Individuals..." July 31

  • The cardboard cutout revolution is real "If a baseball game is played and no one is there to see it, was it ever really played? That was the philosophical question when the coronavirus delayed Opening Day until July and necessitated social distancing between players in the dugouts and masks out in public. It also meant that,..." July 31

  • MLB, MLBPA reach 7-inning doubleheader agreement for 2020

    MLB Trade Rumors "7:01pm: An agreement has been reached, per Jeff Passan of ESPN. Seven-inning doubleheaders will take effect Aug. 1. 6:12pm: Major League Baseball and the union are moving toward an agreement on 2020 doubleheaders, Ken Rosenthal and Jayson Stark of The..." July 31

  • Brian Dozier did NOT enjoy his time with the Padres

    Yardbarker "Brian Dozier did not enjoy his time with the San Diego Padres. Dozier was signed by the Padres to a minor league contract in February with an invitation to spring training. Things with San Diego did not go well, and Dozier was not included on the team’s 60-player pool for..." July 30

  • Dodgers' Terrance Gore designated for assignment

    CBS Sports "Terrance Gore was designated for assignment Thursday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. " July 30