• MLB GM Predicts Bryce Harper Will Leave Nationals, Sign with Phillies

    Bleacher Report "At least one MLB general manager believes Washington Nationalssuperstar outfielder Bryce Harper will leave the organization as a free agent this offseason to sign with the NL East rival Philadelphia Phillies. On Thursday, Jon Heyman of Fancred..." August 17

  • Dusty Baker drops truth bombs

    Hardball Talk "Dusty Baker was fired last offseason despite leading the Nationals to 95 and 97-win seasons. This was not new for him. Cincinnati let him go after taking a miserable Reds team to back-to-back 90+ win seasons — three in the space of four years — and making it to the playoffs in his..." August 17

  • Why Juan Soto and Ronald Acuña Jr. both deserve Rookie of the Year

    Sportsnaut "On a yearly basis, award races in MLB fluctuate between being extremely competitive to landslides. This season’s Rookie of the Year race in the National League between Washington Nationals outfielder Juan Soto and Atlanta Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña Jr. is extremely..." August 17

  • Reds Place Joey Votto On Disabled List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Reds announced this afternoon that they’ve placed first baseman Joey Votto on the 10-day disabled list due to a right knee contusion. Votto, of course, was hit near that knee by Ryan Madson last week in what many believed to be an intentional plunking. A pair of..." August 17

  • Rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. is fueling the Braves’ playoff run

    Washington Post "Expectations were high for Atlanta Braves left fielder Ronald Acuña Jr. The 20-year-old bashed his way through three levels of the minors in 2017, batting .325 with 21 home runs and 44 stolen bases combined between stops at Florida (Class-A Advanced), Mississippi..." August 17

  • Cubs have best NL record right now, but fixing their rotation is a must during the stretch run

    CBS Sports "The Cubs enter Friday at 70-50, a pace of 94 wins and good for the best record in the National League. And yet, they have had a gigantic flaw, at least to this point. The starting rotation has been pretty bad overall, pitching to a 4.17 ERA. That ranks them just 10th in the..." August 17

  • Diamondbacks To Re-Sign Randall Delgado

    MLB Trade Rumors "The D-backs have brought right-hander Randall Delgado back to the organization on a new minor league contract, reports Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (on Twitter). Delgado was designated for assignment on July 25 and subsequently released. Delgado, a client of MVP Sports, will head to..." August 17

  • Is Juan Soto a lock for National League Rookie of the Year?

    NBC Sports Washington "In April, it would have been unfathomable. In May, it would have been laughable. In June, it would have been improbable. In July, it started to look possible. In August, it might even have been likely. Now, it’s a complete toss-up. Juan Soto is the worthiest National League..." August 17

  • Cubs' Kris Bryant progressing toward Sept. 1 return — or earlier

    Chicago Tribune "Kris Bryant’s deliberate rehab has progressed to the point where he could rejoin the Cubs before 25-man rosters can expand Sept. 1. “I’d like to believe it’s possible,” manager Joe Maddon said. “At the best, before (Sept...." August 17

  • Yankees' Judge on potential pace of return: 'You never know'

    SNY TV "It has been three weeks since Aaron Judge was placed on the disabled list with a chip fracture in his right wrist, and he is still, in his words, "frustrated" that he's not in the Yankees lineup. "I'm not frustrated with the pace, I'm frustrated..." August 17

  • Indians still trying to get a handle on Trevor Bauer's availability for rest of the season

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Manager Terry Francona said the Indians don't have a handle on whether Trevor Bauer will be able to return to the mound this season after an MRI showed Tuesday that the 12-game winner has a stress fracture of his right fibula. Francona, along with Chris Antonetti, president of..." August 17

  • It sounds like Adrián Beltré is mulling retirement

    Hardball Talk "Rangers third baseman Adrián Beltré is dealing with a Grade 2 strain of his left hamstring, marking the third time this season the 39-year-old has dealt with a hamstring issue. The injuries are weighing on Beltré, who sounds like he is mulling..." August 17

  • Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez tossed a ball with phone number on it to female fan at Yankee Stadium

    New York Daily News "Even from the dugout, Carlos Gomez plays the field. During the Tampa Bay Rays’ visit to the Bronx this week to play the Yankees, the 32-year-old outfielder found time to hit on two women seated near the visiting team’s dugout, according to sources in the stadium during the..." August 17

  • Alex Cora made it clear Eduardo Rodriguez will rejoin starting rotation when activated off disabled list

    Boston Herald "After the Red Sox’ road trip ended with a 7-4 loss to the Phillies last night, manager Alex Cora thought it was time to address the team. Cora said he talked to the players after the game and offered praise for a strong trip that will send them back to Fenway Park with a 10-game..." August 17

  • Right here waiting for Yu: Cubs’ Darvish to head out for rehab start Sunday

    Chicago Sun-Times "After playing catch in the outfield Thursday, Cubs right-hander Yu Darvish considers himself ready to start a rehab assignment Sunday, likely at Class A South Bend. ‘‘He came in and said he felt great, so he’s ready to roll,’’ manager Joe Maddon..." August 17

  • Chad Kuhl on schedule to rejoin Pirates in September

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Pitcher Chad Kuhl, out since late June with a forearm/elbow strain, could be pitching in Pirates uniform in September. That’s the plan right now, according to Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk, who talked with the media prior to Pittsburgh’s game against the..." August 17

  • Dodgers manager Dave Roberts says it's possible Kenley Jansen receives 'green light' on Monday

    CBS Sports "Just a week ago, news broke that the irregular heartbeat had returned for Dodgerscloser Kenley Jansen and initial estimates were that he would miss at least a month, maybe longer. On Thursday, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts dropped a bit of a bombshell on the Rich Eisen Show..." August 17

  • Whatever happened to the Giants’ Joe Panik?

    San Francisco Chronicle "Here is a pretty good rule of thumb on fame: You don’t want to hear your name end a sentence that begins, “Whatever happened to … ?” As in, whatever happened to Joe Panik, the Giants’ everyday second baseman, the Opening Day leadoff hitter who homered..." August 17

  • Giants put Dereck Rodriguez on DL with injury from brawl with Dodgers

    NBC Bay Area "Tuesday's brief scuffle at Dodger Stadium ended up being much more costly for the Giants than for the Dodgers. A few hours after Yasiel Puig was suspended two games by Major League Baseball, the Giants announced that rookie right-hander Dereck Rodriguez was placed on the..." August 17

  • Why Mookie Betts deserves the AL MVP amidst a crowded field packed with deserving

    CBS Sports "We here at CBS Sports have spent the week analyzing all of baseball's award races. Today, we'll conclude our series by dissecting the American League Most Valuable Player Award. As you probably know, there a a lot of capable candidates. Let's get to it. Mookie..." August 17

  • Urena suspended 6 games for hitting Acuna

    MLB.com "Major League Baseball on Thursday suspended right-hander Jose Urena for six games for "intentionally hitting" Braves rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. with a pitch on Wednesday night at SunTrust Park.  On his first and only pitch of the night, Urena plunked Acuna on the left..." August 16

  • Leonys Martin Moved Out of ICU After Bacterial Infection

    Bleacher Report "Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has been transferred out of the intensive care unit after he was hospitalized with a serious bacterial infection, the club announced Thursday, per former scout Bernie Pleskoff.  On Monday, Indians president of baseball..." August 16

  • MLB suspends Dodgers' Yasiel Puig two games for fighting

    USA Today "Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig has been suspended two games for triggering a bench-clearing incident Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants, Joe Torre, chief baseball officer for Major League Baseball announced on Thursday. After fouling off a pitch he felt he..." August 16

  • Aaron Judge 'Frustrated' with Missing Time Due to Wrist Injury

    Bleacher Report "New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge is "frustrated" he hasn't been on the field while his team has fallen 10 games behind the Boston Red Sox in the American League East. "I'm not frustrated with the pace [of the healing]. I'm frustrated with being..." August 16

  • Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale on pace to do something we haven't seen since 1972

    The Sports Daily "At first glance, Jacob deGrom and Chris Sale don’t have a whole lot in common. One plays for the American League’s best team, while the other is the unquestioned ace on one of the National League’s worst teams. One is left-handed and the other is right-handed. One..." August 16

  • Padres Release Phil Hughes

    Hardball Talk "The Padres have released right-hander Phil Hughes. He was recently designated for assignment. Hughes was traded from the Twins to the Padres at the end of May in a deal that was, essentially, the Padres acquiring a Competitive Balance pick and agreeing to pick up half of Hughes..." August 16

  • Royals Acquire International Bonus Pool Space From Rangers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals announced on Thursday that they’ve traded minor league right-hander Kelvin Gonzalez to the Rangers in exchange for international bonus pool allotments. The 20-year-old Gonzalez — not to be confused with third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez, who was acquired from the..." August 16

  • Braves' Acuna in lineup after HBP, melee

    The Score "Everything appears to be fine with Ronald Acuna Jr.. One day after he was hit by Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena on the first pitch of Wednesday's game - causing both benches to clear - the Braves' rookie phenom is leading off for the Braves against the Colorado Rockies on..." August 16

  • Did the Home Run Derby 'fix' Bryce Harper?

    ESPN "Rhys Hoskins is convinced that the Home Run Derby helped him. Bryce Harper, not so much. It's been exactly one month since Harper staged an epic comeback on his home turf to defeat Chicago's Kyle Schwarber in the final round of the Derby in D.C. Schwarber's opponent in the..." August 16

  • Manny Machado would give up shortstop to play for Yankees

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are sure to be one of a handful of teams that will at least express interest in Manny Machado this winter, but there has been some doubt about whether Machado would be willing to waver from his insistence on playing shortstop. According to one report, that will not be an..." August 16

  • Major League Baseball needs to make an example out of José Ureña

    Hardball Talk "We’re about an hour and a half separated from the first pitch of Wednesday night’s Marlins/Braves game that featured Marlins starter José Ureña hitting Braves outfielder Ronald Acuña on the elbow with a first-pitch, 97.5 MPH fastball. The benches..." August 16

  • Adam Jones Clears Revocable Trade Waivers

    Fancred Sports "Adam Jones is said by sources to have cleared waivers and remains eligible to be traded – so a trade can’t be ruled out, though the odds may not be great. Jones had a chance before the non-waiver deadline to go to the Phillies, as was first reported by Fancred. But as is..." August 16

  • Blue Jays’ Donaldson takes step toward return from injury

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson took a meaningful step toward returning to action Wednesday, completing baserunning drills in Dunedin, Fla. The third baseman, who has been sidelined since May 28 with a left calf strain, posted video of himself running on Instagram with the caption “getting..." August 16

  • How Edwin Diaz came to be an elite closer

    MLB.com "Edwin Diaz was 22 years old when he unleashed a 100-mph fastball to strike out the second Major League hitter he faced, Indians center fielder Tyler Naquin. It was June 6, 2016. At almost that exact moment, Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto received the following text message from Tribe..." August 16

  • Rays look to next season with bulk of core in place

    Tampa Bay Times "No, the Rays won't sit tight the whole off­season without changing their roster. That's not their style. There's going to be a trade or two. They'll dump somebody whose salary exceeds his value. With only maybe $30 million or so committed, they'll have some money to..." August 16

  • Ronald Acuna Jr. day-to-day as CT scan on elbow normal

    ESPN "A CT scan performed Wednesday night on Ronald Acuna Jr.'s left elbow came back normal and the rookie outfielder is considered day-to-day, the Atlanta Braves announced Thursday. Acuna was hit by the first pitch thrown by Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Urena on Wednesday night,..." August 16

  • Tebow and brother producing faith-based football movie

    The Hollywood Reporter "Tim Tebow and his brother, Robby, are making their foray into film with a faith-based movie about a couple of brothers looking to overcome adversity through sports — one a track star, the other a football player. The film, Run the Race, stars Mykelti Williamson, Frances Fisher,..." August 16

  • Elon Musk to build tunnel from Hollywood to Dodger Stadium

    Sportsnaut "No matter what we think of the man, billionaire Elon Musk isn’t afraid of innovation on a scale we’ve rarely seen in modern world history. His SpaceX startup has made real the possibility of public transportation to places the human mind could have scarcely imagined before..." August 16

  • Carpenter convinces Cardinals his hand is fine by opening salsa jar

    The Score "Matt Carpenter took his salsa obsession to a new level Wednesday night, using a jar of it to prove to the St. Louis Cardinals his hand wasn't injured. After the MVP candidate exited in the seventh inning upon being struck in the right hand by a pitch from Washington Nationals..." August 16

  • Mets broadcaster says Marlins did right thing by drilling Ronald Acuna

    New York Daily News "Keith Hernandez went all Keith Hernandez Wednesday night, and Twitter didn’t care for it one bit. The former Met and current SNY broadcaster gave a typical old-school baseball take on the Marlins drilling the Braves’ scorching hot rookie Ronald Acuna. Acuna, who..." August 16

  • Mattingly unhappy Urena hit Acuna: 'This is not something that we represent'

    Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel "The Atlanta Braves and their manager had plenty of reasons to be unhappy even after completing their first four-game sweep of the Miami Marlins since 2006. Seeing slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr., who had been on a home-run streak, hit by Jose Urena's first pitch led to two melees..." August 16

  • Freeman calls Urena gutless for going after Acuna Jr.

    The Score "In the aftermath of Miami Marlins starter Jose Urena plunking Atlanta Braves phenom Ronald Acuna Jr. with his first pitch Wednesday night, Freddie Freeman, the longest-serving member of the Braves, came to the defense of his teammate. Acuna was scorching hot entering Wednesday's..." August 16

  • Yankees GM: Aaron Judge may take longer than 3 weeks to return

    Larry Brown Sports "New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman says that the initial 3-week timetable for Aaron Judge’s return was optimistic and that the outfielder may need longer than that. Cashman was on New York Radio station WFAN Wednesday and said that Judge had a cortisone shot in his wrist. That..." August 15

  • Tigers veteran Victor Martinez says he's 'pretty sure' he'll retire after 2018 season

    CBS Sports "Following the Tigers' loss to the White Sox on Wednesday (CHW 6, DET 5), Detroit designated hitter Victor Martinez indicated he's leaning strongly toward retiring following the 2018 season. "I'm pretty sure this is going to be it," Martinez told reporters..." August 15

  • Aaron Judge’s pain hasn’t gone away in worrying Yankees sign

    New York Post "Aaron Judge worked up a full sweat Wednesday afternoon in The Bronx, running the bases and taking fly balls in right field. But his bat remained untouched. The Yankees outfielder is in a holding pattern, still not swinging because of lingering pain from a fractured bone in his right..." August 15

  • Ohtani throws bullpen session at near-max effort

    The Score "Shohei Ohtani threw an important bullpen session on Wednesday, taking another step toward returning as a starting pitcher. Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia said the two-way star threw off the mound at nearly maximum effort, according to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County..." August 15

  • Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez has turned into Babe Ruth and Barry Bonds over the last calendar year

    CBS Sports "Here's a PSA: Boston Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is having himself some season. Martinez entered Tuesday hitting .333/.401/.669 (that's a 182 OPS+) with 37 home runs and 104 runs batted in. He leads the majors in home runs and RBI and is second in batting average to teammate..." August 15

  • King Felix likely returning to Mariners' rotation with Paxton sidelined

    The Score "Felix Hernandez's exile to the Seattle Mariners' bullpen was only temporary, though his anticipated return to the starting rotation is out of necessity. Hernandez made his first career relief appearance Tuesday after ace James Paxton was forced to leave the game after being..." August 15

  • Yankees To Designate George Kontos For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees will designate right-hander George Kontos for assignment in order to open a spot on the roster for righty Luis Cessa, per Newsday’s Erik Boland (Twitter link). He’d only been selected to the MLB roster two days prior. Kontos, 33, appeared in one game in his..." August 15

  • Dozier feels 'healthy like an ox' after health scare

    MLB.com "Brian Dozier balled his right hand Tuesday afternoon and pounded on his blue T-shirt with the caricatures of teammates Chase Utley and Enrique Hernandez. "Heathy like an ox," he said, one day after he was sent to the hospital for an electrocardiogram to test his..." August 15