• Odubel Herrera’s on-base streak ends at 45 games

    Hardball Talk "Phillies outfielder Odubel Herrera‘s streak of reaching base safely has ended after 45 consecutive games. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts in Sunday’s 5-1 loss to the Cardinals. Herrera’s streak tied Chuck Klein for the fourth-longest on-base streak in..." May 20

  • Jordan Hicks throws two pitches clocked at 105 mph on Sunday

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment St. Louis Cardinals rookie right-hander Jordan Hicks hit 105 mph on the radar gun twice Sunday, becoming the first pitcher to throw multiple..." May 20

  • Cleveland Indians promote Melky Cabrera, in starting lineup Sunday

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians promoted veteran outfielder Melky Cabrerafrom Class AAA Columbus and started him in right field Sunday night against the Astros at Minute Maid Park. Cabrera, 33, signed a minor league deal with the Indians on April 26. He spent several days in extended spring training..." May 20

  • Clayton Kershaw injury update: Dodgers ace throws bullpen session

    Sporting News "Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw could be nearing a return. Kershaw pitched off a mound Sunday for the first time since May 1, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. He threw a “high-intensity” 30-pitch bullpen session, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts..." May 20

  • Yankees may move struggling Didi Gregorius down in lineup

    Larry Brown Sports "After one of the hottest starts to the season, New York Yankees shortstop has fallen into a deep slump that could see him dropped in the lineup. Yankees manager Aaron Boone gave Gregorius the day off Sunday against a left-handed pitcher, and hinted that the shortstop may not return to..." May 20

  • Sergio Romo first pitcher in six years to start on consecutive days

    Sportsnaut "On Saturday, the Tampa Bay Rays used relief pitcher Sergio Romo as their starter. As it turns out, this will not be a one-time thing. Romo will also get the ball on Sunday against the Los Angeles Angels, the first pitcher in six years to start on consecutive days for his team. Of..." May 20

  • Giants may try Pablo Sandoval at second base

    San Francisco Gate "Pablo Sandoval still is learning how to be a role player. No longer an everyday third baseman, Sandoval is branching out to expand his versatility. Aside from playing third and first, he has caught bullpen sessions and even pitched a perfect inning, one of the team’s 2018..." May 20

  • Athletics Claim Carlos Ramirez From Blue Jays

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics have claimed right-hander Carlos Ramirez off waivers from the Blue Jays, per an announcement from Oakland. Oakland will be the second organization for the 27-year-old Ramirez, who had been with the Blue Jays since 2009. Ramirez started off as an outfield prospect with..." May 20

  • Terry Francona reached out to AJ Hinch over Trevor Bauer’s accusations

    Larry Brown Sports "Cleveland Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer put his manager in a tough position with some of the unfounded accusations he made toward the Houston Astros earlier this month, and Terry Francona acknowledged that over the weekend. Bauer basically declared war on the Astros a few weeks back..." May 20

  • Dodgers' Rich Hill to miss at least 4 weeks with blister

    The Score "The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed left-handed starting pitcher Rich Hill on the 10-day disabled list with a blister on the middle finger of his throwing hand. The 38-year-old will miss at least the next four weeks, manager Dave Roberts told Andy..." May 20

  • Shohei Ohtani’s batting-practice blast at Angel Stadium measured 513 feet

    Orange County Register "Angel Stadium’s monstrous new right-field video board perhaps now can be called the Ohtani-tron. The legend of Shohei Ohtani grew larger Friday, when he hit a batting-practice home run that traveled an estimated 513 feet and struck a 9,500-square-foot screen that looms beyond 38..." May 20

  • Red Sox’s Mookie Betts Leads MLB In Absurd Amount Of Stat Categories

    NESN "To state the obvious: Mookie Betts is off to a ridiculous start to the 2018 Major League Baseball season. Just how good the Boston Red Sox outfielder has been still might surprise you, however. Betts clobbered a two-run homer in Boston’s 6-3 win over the..." May 20

  • Braves Release Jose Bautista

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have released third baseman Jose Bautista, Mark Bowman of MLB.com tweets. The Bautista experiment was a short-lived one for Atlanta, which signed the former superstar to a minor league deal on April 18. The move reunited Bautista with Braves general manager Alex..." May 20

  • Grounds For Return

    ESPN "As he strolls toward the employee entrance at work for the first time in nearly 24 years, Nevest Coleman smiles. He carries a black backpack over his right shoulder, a white plastic bag and travel mug in his left hand. It's March 26, 2018, a few minutes past 7 a.m. In front of Coleman..." May 20

  • Why Yankees think Didi Gregorius is in career-worst slump

    Newark Star-Ledger "While some of his Yankees teammates were doing post-game interviews following Friday night's loss, shortstop Didi Gregorius found out from manager Aaron Boone that he wouldn't be starting the next day. This was intended to be a mental break for Gregorius, who is..." May 20

  • So far, J.D. Martinez has been superior to Giancarlo Stanton

    WEEI Boston "Good things happen to those who wait. The Red Sox didn’t sign J.D. Martinez until late February, nearly two and a half months after the Yankees had acquired Giancarlo Stanton. So far, the Red Sox got the better slugger for potentially $133 million less.  Martinez blasted..." May 20

  • Todd Frazier not sure when he will return from DL

    SNY TV "Todd Frazier (hamstring) told reporters on Saturday that he does not know when he will return from the disabled list. Frazier said a rehab assignment has not yet been scheduled. The 32-year-old Frazier, who was placed on the 10-day DL on May 8, was eligible to return..." May 20

  • Cubs' Addison Russell not paying attention to Manny Machado rumors

    Chicago Tribune "Addison Russell said he hears his name associated with Orioles superstar Manny Machado in trade discussions only when media members ask questions to him. And Russell’s isolation is supported by his recent production at the plate, where he is 6-for-12 and providing..." May 20

  • Pirates intend to activate Josh Harrison from disabled list for Sunday's game

    Pittsburgh Tribune Review "Josh Harrison is back in town – and barring something unforeseen, he'll back atop the Pirates lineup Sunday. "Our intent is to put him in play (Sunday)," manager Clint Hurdle said Saturday. "Then we'd have to make a corresponding move at that..." May 20

  • Michael Brantley carrying Indians' shaky outfield as Lonnie Chisenhall starts rehab assignment

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Outfielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been green-lighted to start his rehab assignment at Class AAA Columbus. Chisenhall, who has been traveling with the Indians on this trip, is scheduled to join the Clippers today and play his first game with them on Monday. He has been on the..." May 20

  • AL shortstops stack up among best position groups of all time

    ESPN "This has been on my mind as well: Joe Sheehan later added that he assumed Didi Gregorius will get voted in as the starter. I don't necessarily agree with that; Yankees fans actually don't have a recent history of "stuffing" the ballot box, certainly not with the..." May 20

  • Jay Bruce may be turning the corner after his horrible start

    New York Post "It has been lost amid the team’s incredible start and massive struggles that followed. The lack of production from promising young players Michael Conforto and Amed Rosario, and shaky starting pitching after Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. But nearly two months into this..." May 20

  • Mike Scioscia won’t stop Ohtani from participating in Home Run Derby

    Japan Times "If Los Angeles Angels two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani wants to take part in the Home Run Derby during the All Star festivities in July, his manager, Mike Scioscia, won’t stand in his way. Scioscia discussed the midsummer event with reporters on Saturday after Ohtani crushed a..." May 20

  • Greg Bird, coming back from ankle surgery, moves up to Triple-A as he nears return to Yankees

    New York Daily News "The next step for Greg Bird: Triple-A Scranton. Bird was expected to play his final game for Double-A Trenton on Saturday before flying and joining the RailRiders in Pawtucket on Sunday, Aaron Boone said before the Yankees' 8-3 victory over the Royals. Bird, who hit a..." May 20

  • Rich Hill injury update: Dodgers starter expected to go on DL with blister

    Sporting News "Dodgers left-hander Rich Hill is expected to go on the disabled list because of a blister he aggravated in Saturday's start against the Nationals. Hill left the second game of the LA-Washington doubleheader after throwing only two pitches. He also exited last Sunday's game..." May 20

  • Rays to start reliever Sergio Romo vs. Angels for 2nd straight game

    ESPN "Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash's unconventional decision to use a back-of-the-bullpen reliever to start the team's game worked so well on Saturday that he plans to do it again Sunday. According to Cash, righty Sergio Romo, who started Saturday's win over the Los Angeles..." May 20

  • Dodgers reportedly not in position to 'aggressively act' on trade market

    MLB Trade Rumors "With the Dodgers trying to stay under the $197MM competitive-balance tax threshold and unsure if they’ll contend this year, they’re not in position to act aggressively on the trade market, says FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal (video link). Given that the athletic Cody Bellinger may..." May 20

  • Vision-impaired Harper couldn't get his contacts in, singled anyway

    MLB.com "The Nationals had not played a full game in nearly a week, but when they returned to the field in Saturday afternoon's 4-1 loss in Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Dodgers, Bryce Harper had a new addition to his face. Harper donned a pair of clear frames at the plate..." May 20

  • Tampa Bay Rays' Sergio Romo gets first career start, makes history against Angels

    USA Today "Sergio Romo has spent his entire 11-year major-league career as a relief pitcher, making 588 appearances on the mound without a single start. That is, until Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Rays' wild pitching experiment continued against the Los Angeles Angels. Romo..." May 20

  • Gary Sanchez’s prodigious bat is his best defense

    New York Post "Maybe we should establish a system. Maybe, when Gary Sanchez has a night like this, we suspend talk of his viability at catcher for, what? Two weeks? Or do we really need to run a cost-benefit analysis here? Consider The Kraken released. Sanchez’s monster..." May 20

  • Scherzer fans 13, fastest ever to 100 K's in a season

    MLB.com "Sean Doolittle blamed himself for mixing up the sign on the pitch that ultimately led to the Nationals' 5-4 loss to the Dodgers on Saturday night. He believed he and catcher Spencer Kieboom were on the same page with where they wanted to locate a fastball to Matt Kemp, but as Doolittle..." May 20

  • Holland's tenure with Cardinals off to rocky start

    Yardbarker "Greg Holland’s short tenure with the Cardinals took another disastrous turn Saturday when the once-dominant reliever got the loss against the Phillies, who scored twice on him in 2/3 of an inning. Holland, whom the Cards guaranteed $14MM after he went through spring training..." May 20

  • Royals P Danny Duffy critical of himself for being ‘terrible’

    Larry Brown Sports "Danny Duffy is not mincing words about how bad he has been this season. Duffy had another rough outing on Saturday, allowing five earned runs on seven hits over four innings against the New York Yankees. The Kansas City Royals pitcher is now 1-6 with a 6.88 ERA this season, while the..." May 20

  • Aaron Hicks joins Mickey Mantle in elite Yankees company

    Sportsnaut "This is pretty much the only day that you’ll see Aaron Hicks mentioned in the same sentence as the great Mickey Mantle. That doesn’t take away from Hicks’ accomlishment against the Kansas City Royals on Saturday. Taking on Royals pitcher Danny Duffy in the third..." May 20

  • Nationals' Howie Kendrick out for remainder of season after suffering Achilles' injury

    CBS Sports "The Nationals dropped both ends of their Saturday doubleheader against the Dodgers, and to compound matters they also lost outfielder Howie Kendrick to a ruptured Achilles'. On Saturday night, the team announced that Kendrick's injury would require surgery, which he'll undergo on..." May 20

  • Miguel Cabrera Has No Idea How Good He Has It in Detroit

    The Big Lead "Miguel Cabrera, currently sidelined since early this month with a balky hamstring, hurt his standing in Detroit this week by showing up in a few regrettable headlines. “Nobody appreciates when you play hurt, so I’m going to take my time and play when I’m good,”..." May 19

  • Reliable Relievers Are More Valuable Than Ever

    MLB Trade Rumors "If you felt like relievers were getting special attention this offseason, you weren’t imagining things. In a 2017-2018 winter that featured a free agent freeze the likes of which we haven’t experienced in recent memory, relief pitchers were the one position group that hardly seemed..." May 19

  • Bumgarner ratchets up throwing intensity

    MLB.com "Madison Bumgarner can feel himself coming closer to being ready for game competition. Bumgarner threw 40 pitches off a mound in a bullpen session Saturday without hindrance from his fractured left hand, which the Giants' ace called "95 percent or more" healed despite..." May 19

  • Why Mark Melancon won’t immediately return to closer role when he rejoins Giants

    San Jose Mercury News "Mark Melancon is nearing a return to the Giants roster, but he won’t be returning to the closer role right away. Melancon is set to begin a rehab assignment on Monday that could last about two weeks and span five or six relief appearances. The right-hander is recovering from a..." May 19

  • Miami-Dade looks to 'Marlins Man' for help in lawsuit against Marlins' previous owners

    Miami Herald "Last month, the super-fan who calls himself the "Marlins Man" flew to the British Virgin Islands to find the foreign headquarters that the team is using to avoid a county courtroom in a legal fight with Miami-Dade. His hunt took him to a rented post office. The fact-finding..." May 19

  • Tim Tebow is Suddenly on the Rise

    The Sports Post "The New York Mets are falling apart. Like, literally, injuries are once again crumbling this roster. They’re clinging to a 21-19 record while currently enduring a 4-10 skid. Which brings us to Double-A outfielder Tim Tebow. No, he’s not going to be joining the Mets anytime..." May 19

  • Upstart Braves show no signs that their status as NL contenders is a fluke

    CBS Sports "In 2017, the Braves suffered through one of the most frustrating seasons in recent franchise history. Hoping to round into form with the opening of the publicly financed boondoggle that is SunTrust Park, Atlanta instead limped to a 72-90 record, looking years away from making good on..." May 19

  • The Red Sox don’t know whether Carson Smith will pitch again in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Red Sox right-hander Carson Smith may not return to the mound this season after sustaining a shoulder injury earlier this week. On Friday, club manager Alex Cora said that the team has yet to decide whether Smith will be able to make a full recovery by season’s end, though they’re..." May 19

  • Marlins revoke press credentials from reporter who investigated corporate office

    Larry Brown Sports "The Miami Marlins are not responding well to embarrassing revelations about their business practices. It was revealed in April that the Marlins claim foreign ownership for tax purposes by listing their corporate address in the British Virgin Islands. When Miami radio host Andy Slater..." May 19

  • Greg Bird ready to return to Yankees; Jacoby Ellsbury not as close

    Yardbarker "Aaron Boone recently offered some words of encouragement regarding the imminent return of first baseman Greg Bird to the lineup (h/t Marc Carig of The Athletic). But while Bird’s activation appears to be “around the corner”, news surrounding fellow Yankees hitter Jacoby..." May 19

  • Yankees’ best position player prospect will be out until August

    New York Post "Estevan Florial, the Yankees’ top position player prospect, will be out until August, according to general manager Brian Cashman, because of upcoming hamate bone surgery on his right wrist. Florial, 20, left a game with Single-A Tampa on Thursday with a sore right..." May 19

  • Joe Torre calls Giants' Brandon Belt after criticism of umpire

    ESPN "Joe Torre, Major League Baseball's Chief Baseball Officer, reached out to San Francisco Giants first baseman Brandon Belt on Friday to discuss critical comments Belt made about umpire Doug Eddings on Wednesday night, manager Bruce Bochy said. Belt was upset with a game-ending..." May 19

  • Pirates Prospect Ji-hwan Bae Accused Of Domestic Violence

    MLB.com "Pirates shortstop prospect Ji-Hwan Bae has left the United States and returned to South Korea to cooperate with a police investigation regarding an ex-girlfriend's claims of domestic violence. Bae left the club's Pirate City training complex in Bradenton, Fla., and flew home..." May 19

  • Mets To Sign Christian Colon, Ezequiel Carrera

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have agreed to minor-league deals with infielder Christian Colon and outfielder Ezequiel Carrera, according to MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo (via Twitter). Colon’s signing has been acknowledged on the team’s transactions page. Both Colon and Carrera were released..." May 19

  • Cubs' Jason Heyward comes off DL after 'scary' first concussion

    ESPN "Chicago Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward said that experiencing his first concussion opened his eyes to its dangers. Heyward, who was activated from the 7-day concussion disabled list Friday, said he discovered how "scary" head injuries could be. "It made a..." May 19

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