• Hanley Ramirez not under federal investigation; friend dropped his name hoping to avoid arrest

    Boston Globe "A friend of former Red Sox first baseman Hanley Ramirez dropped his name in an effort to avoid arrest while transporting fentanyl from New York to Massachusetts in April, then immediately admitted the player had no connection to the drugs, according to documents filed in US District Court in..." June 24

  • Machado could be what the Dodgers need to pick up steam

    Yardbarker "The Dodgers will continue to monitor Manny Machado’s availability, as L.A. still has interest in the star shortstop.  Machado and the Dodgers have been linked in trade rumors ever since Corey Seager was lost for the season, and with Los Angeles getting back into the postseason hunt..." June 24

  • Red Sox looking for OF depth, asked Athletics about Canha

    Mass Live "The Red Sox have discussed potential trades with the Athletics and "unsuccessfully asked" about outfielder Mark Canha, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. Slusser notes that Oakland, which currently has five starters on the disabled list, is looking..." June 24

  • Yankees Likely To Place Gary Sanchez On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees will likely place catcher Gary Sanchez on the disabled list because of a right hip/groin problem, manager Aaron Boone told Marc Carig of The Athletic and other reporters Sunday. The Yankees fell to the Rays on Sunday, thus dropping three in a row in Tampa Bay, and Sanchez..." June 24

  • Cardinals encourage players not to hide injuries

    Hardball Talk "In Major League Baseball, players are routinely pressured to play through injury and pain. Sometimes it’s just a minor ache, and sometimes it’s a very serious injury. The pressure comes from everywhere: the players themselves, their peers, coaches, front offices, media, and fans...." June 24

  • No lingering issues for Kershaw after return

    MLB.com "There were no physical issues the day after for Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who felt well enough to pitch on flat ground before Sunday's game. Kershaw pitched three innings against the Mets on Saturday night, and feeling well the day after a start is not a given. His previous..." June 24

  • Cubs slugger Kris Bryant missing second straight game with shoulder soreness

    ESPN "Perhaps the Chicago Cubs have found one answer to former MVP Kris Bryant's mini power slump. Bryant will miss his second consecutive game with a sore left shoulder on Sunday, though the Cubs don't believe it's a serious injury that will require a trip to the disabled..." June 24

  • Cubs’ Yu Darvish set for rehab assignment

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish is inching closer to a return to action after a month of being sidelined. Darvish, who has been battling triceps tendinitis, will make his first rehab start on Monday, according to Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times. It’s not..." June 24

  • Spurrier: Tebow rejected offer to restart football career in AAF

    The Score "Steve Spurrier opened the door for Tim Tebow to resurrect his football career, but the New York Mets' farmhand and former NFL quarterback closed it. Upon being named the head coach of Orlando's Alliance of American Football team in April - the league is scheduled to launch in..." June 24

  • Hank Aaron on whether he would visit White House: 'There's nobody there I want to see'

    USA Today "Hall of Fame outfielder Hank Aaron said Friday that he supports athletes who use their platform to speak about social and political issues, adding that he would not visit the White House today if he were part of a championship-winning team. "There’s nobody there I..." June 24

  • Mets’ Jerry Blevins sets unwanted mark in first career start

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Mets just can’t seem to have anything go right for them. On Sunday, thanks to regular starter Jason Vargas landing on the disabled list, the Mets opted to go with a bullpen day as they faced the Los Angeles Dodgers. Lefty specialist Jerry Blevins got the call to..." June 24

  • Padres Interested In Maikel Franco

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Padres have interest in Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (video link). A deal may not be easy to swing, though, as Rosenthal notes that the Phillies would have to acquire a third baseman or a shortstop from elsewhere in order to move..." June 24

  • Tim Tebow’s stats are quickly on the rise in Double-A

    Yardbarker "Tim Tebow has struggled throughout much of the season with the Double-A affiliate of the New York Mets, but a strong month of June has the former Florida football star’s season looking a lot more respectable. With a 2-for-4 day in his Binghamton Rumble Ponies’ win over the..." June 24

  • Royals explore signing Luke Heimlich, who was convicted of child molestation

    Kansas City Star "Amid a distressing makeover by the Royals, the franchise faces numerous complicated decisions. But one looming consideration has more perilous and broad implications than about any other. The Royals are exploring the possibility of trying to sign Luke Heimlich, the Oregon State..." June 24

  • Mets’ ticket prices plummet as team continues to struggle

    Sportsnaut "In what is turning out to be another lost season for the New York Mets, interest in the team is quickly dwindling. As a result, ticket prices for even marquee matches are dropping like New York in the standings. A matchup between two of baseball’s best starters at an iconic..." June 24

  • Rangers' Beltre available on the trade market

    The Score "Adrian Beltre's days with the Texas Rangers could be coming to an end. The veteran third baseman will reportedly be available on the trade market, a source tells Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. The Rangers moving Beltre has been the subject of rumors in recent..." June 24

  • Willson Contreras says his lack of a 'thank-you' to ump led to bench coach's ejection

    Chicago Tribune "You can probably blame Miss Manners for the ejection of Cubs bench coach Brandon Hyde in the fourth inning of Saturday’s 11-2 loss to the Reds. Manager Joe Maddon said the ejection was because of the “general nature of the moment.” But according to catcher Willson..." June 24

  • Athletics turn to Edwin Jackson who makes record 13th team

    Yardbarker "The banged-up Athletics will turn to veteran Edwin Jackson to fill a spot in their rotation, but they’re on the hunt for more starting depth, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. The Athletics have had discussions with the Red Sox, who are seeking outfield depth and have..." June 24

  • Odubel Herrera just entered a pretty exclusive club

    The Sports Daily "The Philadelphia Phillies have surprised quite a few by jumping out to a 41-33 record to start the 2018 regular season. Their current plan has been working much better than expected, as they enter Sunday’s action just 1.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves for first place in the National..." June 24

  • Trevor Bauer shares his favorite thing to do as a pitcher

    Larry Brown Sports "Trevor Bauer is known for being a big strikeout pitcher, so it’s no surprise that he gets a lot of enjoyment out of recording punchouts. Bauer allowed just one run over 6.1 innings on Saturday in the Cleveland Indians’ 4-1 win over the Detroit Tigers. He struck out 11..." June 24

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani sees live pitching as he continues to rehab Grade 2 UCL strain

    Orange County Register "Shohei Ohtani “faced” some live pitching on Friday afternoon. He wasn’t cleared to swing, but it was nonetheless a small step and a glimmer of hope that the Angels could get Ohtani back this season, at least as a hitter. As Ohtani was standing over the..." June 23

  • Angels Claim Hansel Robles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced today that they’ve claimed righty reliever Hansel Robles off waivers from the Mets. Robles was designated for assignment just yesterday. As MLBTR’s Jeff Todd noted at that time, Robles put up some solid numbers for the Mets during the 2015 and 2016..." June 23

  • Tigers' Josh Thole: Joins Tigers on minor-league deal

    CBS Sports "Thole signed a minor-league deal with Detroit on Friday, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports. The veteran catcher last played in the big leagues for the Blue Jays in 2016, posting a .169/.254/.220 line in 50 games. " June 23

  • Hanley Ramirez, Red Sox deny knowledge of reported investigation

    Yardbarker "Hanley Ramirez and the Boston Red Sox are denying any knowledge of a reported investigation involving the slugger, while MLB has no comment on the report. Reporter Michelle McPhee teased some “issues” Ramirez was facing regarding an ongoing federal and state..." June 23

  • 'Now people are chasing us': New era underway for Freeman, revamped Braves

    The Score "Admittedly, the losing got to him. So, too, did the clubhouse casualties, those teammates and friends traded away for the sake of The Future, distant and abstract as it seemed at the time. But Freddie Freeman endured. He thrived, actually, blossoming into one of baseball's..." June 23

  • White Sox not happy with Reynaldo Lopez’s ‘clowns’ comment

    Larry Brown Sports "The Chicago White Sox are enduring yet another miserable season, and now the frustration seems to be spilling over into the locker room as well. After the Sox got thumped by the Cleveland Indians 12-0 on Wednesday, righty Reynaldo Lopez, who started and took the loss, vented to..." June 23

  • Mariners have lost five in a row and could find it difficult to land meaningful rotation help

    CBS Sports "The Seattle Mariners, one of the season's better feel-good stories in the first half, are experiencing turbulence. The Mariners entered Saturday having lost five consecutive games as part of a stretch that has seen them drop six of their past eight. All of those contests have..." June 23

  • Donaldson (calf) at least a week from return

    MLB.com "Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson is expected to miss at least another week because of a problematic left calf muscle that has kept him out of the lineup since May 28. Donaldson has been considered day to day for the better part of two weeks but he still has to pass a series of..." June 23

  • Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez claims there was a ghost in his hotel room

    Sportress of Blogitude "St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Carlos Martinez clearly was spooked in a video posted to Instagram Wednesday night in which he claims there was a ghost in his Milwaukee hotel room. Martinez, who took the loss Thursday, giving up seven runs (five earned) on eight hits over four innings in..." June 23

  • Clayton Kershaw will return for Dodgers on Saturday vs. Mets

    ESPN "Clayton Kershaw will be back for the Los Angeles Dodgers sooner than expected. The ace left-hander will skip a scheduled rehab start and instead will start for Los Angeles on Saturday against the Mets in New York. Kershaw hasn't pitched in a..." June 22

  • Hanley Ramirez Reportedly Being “Eyed” In Connection With Federal, State Investigation

    The Spun "According to a report from Michele McPhee, an investigative journalist for ABC News, former Red Sox star Hanley Ramirez could be in some trouble. McPhee reports Friday night that Ramirez is “being eyed” in connection with an ongoing federal and state investigation. There..." June 22

  • MLB suspends Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna 75 games

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball has suspended Toronto Blue Jays reliever Roberto Osuna 75 games, as his assault charge continues to work its way through the court system. The unpaid suspension is retroactive to May 8, when Osuna was first charged. June 22

  • Bryce Harper says he’ll participate in Home Run Derby if he makes 2018 All-Star Game

    Washington Post "Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper said Friday he would participate in the Home Run Derby at his home ballpark as long as he makes the National League all-star team. “So count me in for the Derby if and only if I make the team,” Harper said in a text message to..." June 22

  • Mets 3B David Wright takes next step in potential return

    SNY TV "Mets third baseman David Wright has taken the next step in his potentially extreme longshot goal to return, hitting Friday in the batting cage while doing other baseball activity on the field.  Wright had ramped up his level of baseball activity on June..." June 22

  • The first-place Diamondbacks are about to get even stronger in their rotation

    CBS Sports "The 2018 regular season is approaching the halfway point, and already the Arizona Diamondbacks have been through several ups and downs. They went 21-8 in their first 29 games, then went 5-18 in their next 23 games, and now they're 15-7 in their last 22 games. Their 41-33 record is..." June 22

  • Astros reportedly still interested in Zach Britton despite failed trade

    Larry Brown Sports "The Astros were on the verge of acquiring relief pitcher Zach Britton from the Orioles at the trade deadline last year, but the deal fell through because of medical questions surrounding the prospects involved. Perhaps the two teams are ready to try again. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports..." June 22

  • Yankees' Jacoby Ellsbury: I plan to play in 2018

    Newark Star-Ledger "Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave an update on Wednesday regarding the health of center fielder Jacoby Ellsbury. Per NJ Advance Media's Randy Miller: "He's in Tampa now," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Wednesday. "I think he's..." June 22

  • The strikeout epidemic ailing Major League Baseball is showing no signs of slowing down

    New York Daily News "From his office high above 245 Park Ave. in Manhattan, the commissioner of baseball, Rob Manfred, can feel and hear it: Whiffff! It is the sound of his players striking out in record numbers, sucking the action out of his game to the point where it too often feels like a funeral for..." June 22

  • Braves place Mike Soroka on the DL with shoulder inflammation. Again.

    Hardball Talk "Braves starter Mike Soroka made his big league debut at the beginning of May and he was excellent. Then he struggled for two starts and went on the disabled list due to a sore shoulder. Nine days ago, in his first start back after being reactivated, he was excellent again,..." June 22

  • Report: Buck Showalter could head to Mississippi State

    Sportsnaut "It appears Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter’s days in his current position could be numbered. In the midst of what could be an historically bad season, the veteran manager is now exploring other options. June 22

  • Indians' Bradley Zimmer shut down for four to six weeks with sore right shoulder

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Bradley Zimmer, the Indians' opening day center fielder, will be shut down for four to six weeks with inflammation in the right shoulder. Zimmer, optioned to Class AAA Columbus on June 5, injured his right shoulder doing one-armed batting drills on June 11. The Indians thought..." June 22

  • Ichiro sneaks into Mariners dugout wearing a fake mustache, Bobby Valentine style

    CBS Sports "This week has not gone well for the Seattle Mariners. They were swept by the Yankees in Yankee Stadium and they are now 2-4 six games into their gut check 10-game stretch against the Red Sox and Yankees (and Red Sox again). This was supposed to be a stretch where they..." June 22

  • Rizzo: Nationals Unwilling To Meet Asking Price On Realmuto

    MLB Trade Rumors "In a surprisingly candid interview with Jim Bowden of MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (Twitter link, with audio), Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo largely quashed rumors and speculation that have tied his team to star Marlins catcher J.T. Realmuto. According to Rizzo, the Nationals..." June 22

  • Source: Red Sox eye reliever, right-handed bench help via trade

    NBC Sports Boston "As a six-game homestand begins and trade season picks up, the Red Sox have an eye on adding a reliever and a right-handed bat, a source with knowledge of the team’s thinking said. Trade plans can change and evolve in the next month, but the Sox see room to add a piece to..." June 22

  • Yankees searching for starter -- but do they need reliever, too?

    SNY TV "Yankees GM Brian Cashman is seeking a deal to upgrade his rotation, targeting Toronto's J.A. Happ and a few others. His team has also been linked in reports to San Diego lefty reliever Brad Hand -- but do the Yankees really need to add a bullpen..." June 22

  • Mike Trout playing DH through 'painful' finger sprain

    The Score "On Thursday night, Mike Trout acted as the Los Angeles Angels' designated hitter for the second straight game, as the superstar played through a finger sprain and is unable to throw. The natural center fielder hasn't been stationed in the outfield since Monday,..." June 22

  • MLB Rumors: Phillies, Astros, Indians battle for Orioles' Zach Britton?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Zach Britton trade rumors will likely be a whirlwind this summer. After missing the bulk of the season with an Achilles injury, Britton is now back and trying to re-establish himself as one of baseball's best closers after battling injuries for the better part of..." June 22

  • Tommy La Stella talks about his refusal to report to the minors in 2016

    Hardball Talk "In late July of 2016, Cubs infielder Tommy La Stella was demoted to Triple-A. It wasn’t personal. It was a roster crunch situation and La Stella had options left so, despite the fact that he had been an effective player to that point of the season, it made sense to send him..." June 22

  • Phillies sign infielder Danny Espinosa

    Courier-Post "The Philadelphia Phillies signed free agent infielder Danny Espinosa, an eight-year veteran who boasts a .221 career batting average in 872 big-league games, on Friday. The Phillies will send Espinosa to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He hasn’t played since May 30 when he was released..." June 22

  • White Sox activate Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia, designate Trayce Thompson for assignment

    Chicago Tribune "The White Sox will get some much-needed roster upgrades in time for Friday’s doubleheader with the A’s at Guaranteed Rate Field. Avisail Garcia and Leury Garcia were activated from the disabled list. To make room for the two returnees, Trayce..." June 22

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