• Brewers' Christian Yelich knows he had fortunate timing on new deal

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Milwaukee Brewers star Christian Yelich said Sunday he supports all players who have opted out of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed 2020 season over concerns about catching the virus or unknowingly spreading it to loved ones but felt it was “an easy call” for him to..." July 05

  • Astros' Carlos Correa asks wife to stay out of salons until season's end

    ABC 13 "Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa is so serious about not contracting the coronavirus that he has asked his wife, Daniella, to stay out of beauty salons until the season is over. "When I talk to my wife she knows," he said Sunday. "No getting your nails..." July 05

  • To play or not to play: MLB players face tough decisions amid coronavirus surge

    USA Today " It was a gut-wrenching decision, one that weighed on Los Angeles Dodgers starter David Price for months, finding a balance between health concerns for his young family and the responsibility to his new teammates and fanbase. Price couldn’t bear the thought of contracting..." July 05

  • If the Cleveland Indians change their team name, here are some of the best options

    CBS Sports "The Cleveland Indians recently announced that they're going to discuss changing the name of the team. The franchise has gone by the name Indians since 1915, but sports franchises are increasingly under criticism for using names, logos and uniform design elements that..." July 05

  • 5 Underrated Things We're Looking Forward to for MLB Restart

    12 Up "Sports aficionados based in the states will soon have the luxury of witnessing the long-awaited resumptions of its most prominent leagues that, of course, have been on hiatus in light of the coronavirus outbreak. Major League Baseball will be the first to return and will thereby give fans their..." July 05

  • Yu Darvish is using his unusual new pitch during summer camp

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish is known for his wide variety of pitches, and it looks like he’s trying to add his latest work to his in-game arsenal. " July 05

  • Mike Trout's mom: If Mike can wear a mask while running bases, so can you

    The Score "Major League Baseball players began reporting to camp this past week and a picture of Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout running the bases while wearing a medical mask started making its rounds. The picture led Trout's mother, Debbie, to implore others to..." July 05

  • Pirates get positive tests, proceed with caution under new COVID-19 restrictions

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "All Major League Baseball teams have had to adapt, following the league’s COVID-19 protocols as best they can, but the Pirates are in a more unique situation than most. On Thursday evening, Allegheny County mandated a one-week period during which bars, restaurants and casinos..." July 05

  • Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife gives birth

    Hardball Talk "Per The Athletic’s Matt Gelb, Phillies starter Zack Wheeler will miss at least two starts when his wife goes into labor and gives birth to their first child, expected to be later this month. Wheeler, in fact, is not sure if he will return to play at all once their..." July 05

  • Madison Bumgarner not excited about universal DH

    MLB.com "Madison Bumgarner took the mound at Chase Field wearing a D-backs uniform for the first time Saturday, but instead of it being the scheduled opener on March 26, it was for a live batting-practice session. “There’s a whole different dynamic to it today,” D-backs..." July 05

  • Mets pitcher Seth Lugo isn't afraid of coronavirus: 'You don't live in fear'

    New York Post "Sitting out the abbreviated season never crossed Seth Lugo’s mind. Not even with a recently born child and the novel coronavirus pandemic continuing to spread throughout the country. “I live my life to play baseball,” the valuable right-hander said on a Zoom call..." July 05

  • Cardinals' Andrew Miller says 'there's still some doubt' about having 2020 MLB season

    Bleacher Report "St. Louis Cardinals reliever Andrew Miller remains skeptical that there will be a Major League Baseball season in 2020.  Speaking to reporters Sunday, Miller said he thinks "there's still some doubt that we're going to have a season..." July 05

  • Indians' Terry Francona open to name change: 'I think it's time to move forward'

    Fox News "The Cleveland Indians are among the professional sports teams caught up in the controversy over using Native American symbols and culture. With intense scrutiny over the Washington Redskins name, the Indians announced Friday they would review their own team..." July 05

  • Giants' Buster Posey may opt out of 2020 MLB season

    San Francisco Gate "San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey is considering opting out of the MLB's truncated 2020 season depending on how the coronavirus pandemic unfolds over the next couple of weeks. "I think there's still some reservation on my end," Posey said at a team..." July 05

  • Two White Sox Players Test Positive For Coronavirus

    Chicago Tribune "Two unnamed Chicago White Sox players have tested positive for COVID-19, the team announced Sunday. Both players are asymptomatic and have been isolated in Chicago, according to the team. " July 05

  • Mike Matheny reveals he had COVID-19, recovered

    MLB.com "On a day when Royals catcher Salvador Perez came forward and said he had tested positive for COVID-19, Royals manager Mike Matheny also indicated Saturday that he had contracted the virus and has since recovered. “I had this stuff about a month ago,” Matheny said in a..." July 05

  • “Small Number” Of Mariners Players Test Positive For Coronavirus

    MLB Trade Rumors "A “small number” of players have been held out of Mariners’ camp after testing positive for COVID-19, manager Scott Servais confirmed to reporters (including Greg Johns of MLB.com). The organization declined to divulge any further information about the identities or current..." July 05

  • Nationals' Sean Doolittle gives honest thoughts on bringing baseball back during a pandemic

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s 2020 season is set to begin later this month, but players are, understandably, proceeding with caution as some areas of the United States struggle to contain the coronavirus outbreak. As of Friday, 31 players tested positive for COVID-19 in the..." July 05

  • Indians Bench Coach Brad Mills Opts Out Of 2020 Season

    Cleveland.com "Indians bench coach Brad Mills, a key contributor to Terry Francona’s managerial career for three different teams, has opted out of the 2020 season and returned to his family in Texas. Mills left the Indians during spring training in February after his young grandson..." July 05

  • Cardinals announce Elehuris Montero has tested positive for COVID-19

    KMOV "The Cardinals announced on Sunday that Elehuris Montero has tested positive for COVID-19. He becomes the third identified Cardinals player and fourth individual in all to record a positive test. "Elehuris Montero has tested positive for COVID-19," John Mozeliak said in a..." July 05

  • Troy Stokes Likely Out For Season With Broken Hamate

    Yardbarker "Tigers left fielder Troy Stokes, Jr. underwent surgery to repair a broken hamate bone in his hand, manager Ron Gardenhire announced earlier this week (h/t to Evan Woodbery of MLive). He is expected to miss the entire season. This explains Stokes’ omission from the..." July 05

  • Atlanta Braves not following same path as Redskins, Indians

    New York Post "With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to many Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change. The Cleveland Indians said Friday they’re reconsidering their..." July 05

  • 5 MLB pitchers who could post a sub-2.00 ERA this season

    Larry Brown Sports "A 60-game season changes a lot about Major League Baseball. One of the numerous changes will include player statistics looking a lot different in 2020. Anyone who approaches 20 home runs or 40 RBIs will be having a very impressive season at the plate. Where the basic counting stats will look..." July 05

  • Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19, suffering from a high fever

    Hardball Talk "Atlanta Braves All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman is sick with COVID-19. Really sick. According to his manager, Brian Snitker, Freeman is “not feeling great.” His wife paints a darker picture than that. Freeman’s wife posted on Instagram that..." July 05

  • Blue Jays Throw Cold Water on Nate Pearson Bandwagon

    12 Up "The Toronto Blue Jays have a potential star in their hands in right-handed starter Nate Pearson, who routinely tops 100 miles per hour. Blue Jay fans excited to see him make his pro debut in 2020 might be disappointed, however, as Toronto isn't going to force him to be a reliever..." July 05

  • Shortened season, universal DH has Ryan Braun re-thinking his possible retirement plans

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Had 2020 proceeded as expected, Ryan Braun would have been approaching the second half of what very well could have been his final major-league season. But, just as it has with seemingly everything else in the world since March, COVID-19 and the ensuing three-month shutdown of..." July 05

  • Social Media Reacts To Pablo Sandoval Coming Out Of Quarantine Looking Extremely Out Of Shape

    Total Pro Sports "Pablo Sandoval has certainly been eating while in quarantine. The San Francisco Giants star came out on the field on Saturday for the team looking quite hefty and nowhere near baseball shape. " July 05

  • King Felix won't play in 2020 due to coronavirus fears

    The Score "Atlanta Braves right-hander Felix Hernandez has opted out of the 2020 season due to coronavirus concerns, according to his agent Wilfredo Polidor. The 34-year-old wants to protect himself and his family from the virus, a friend of Hernandez told MLB..." July 05

  • Red Sox relievers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez test positive for COVID-19

    Boston "Red Sox relief pitchers Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez have tested positive for COVID-19, manager Ron Roenicke announced on Saturday afternoon. Taylor is in a Boston hotel and will be isolated for 14 days. Hernandez, however, is still at home and will have to test negative twice..." July 05

  • Aaron Nola, Adam Haseley, Christian Bethancourt not on COVID-19 list, but kept away from team

    Phillies Nation "According to The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Matt Breen, the Phillies did not place Aaron Nola, Christian Bethancourt and Adam Haseley on the COVID-19 list. Instead, the Phillies are keeping the three away from the team because of COVID-19 protocols. This comes after..." July 05

  • Jubilant Mets: Yoenis Cespedes ‘looks like a monster’

    New York Post "Luis Rojas was optimistic and Michael Conforto was flat-out effusive, lavishing praise upon his teammate. It’s just two days into spring training 2.0, but Yoenis Cespedes already has the Mets believing he can make a major impact in this abbreviated 60-game..." July 05

  • Ex-Yankee Phil Hughes jokes about Cleveland Indians’ next nickname

    Larry Brown Sports "The Cleveland Indians are evaluating their team nickname, and Phil Hughes has a suggestion for them. Hughes, who is now retired, pitched 12 seasons in the majors. He spent his first seven seasons with the New York Yankees and was a rookie for them in 2007. The Yankees lost in the ALDS..." July 05

  • Masahiro Tanaka Issues Health Update After Being Released From Hospital

    NESN "Remarkably (and relatively), Masahiro Tanaka is all right. The New York Yankees pitcher was released from a hospital Saturday evening hours after getting hit in the head by a Giancarlo Stanton line drive. Tanaka, who walked off the Yankee Stadium field under his own power, was placed..." July 05

  • Braves coach Eric Young Sr. opts out of 2020 season

    AJC "Braves first base coach Eric Young Sr. has opted out of the 2020 season, according to manager Brian Snitker.  The 53-year-old Young is in the high-risk category for COVID-19. The Braves did not disclose why Young is higher risk. Snitker and Young had a long conversation..." July 05

  • 2 Cardinals pitchers test positive for COVID-19

    MLB.com "The Cardinals had two pitchers test positive for COVID-19 this week during intake testing for Summer Camp, the club announced Saturday. Having given consent to be identified by the team, left-handers Génesis Cabrera and Ricardo Sánchez had..." July 05

  • Four Miami Marlins players test positive for COVID-19

    Sun Sentinel "The Miami Marlins have had four players in their 60-man roster pool test positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Saturday. One result stems from Wednesday’s mandatory intake screening. Three..." July 05

  • Can Dodgers finally win World Series?

    The Score "For the 60-game MLB season, teams will play two-thirds of their games against division rivals, with the balance being played against interleague counterparts from the corresponding division. Today, theScore editors rank the teams in the western..." July 05

  • Aaron Judge, Gleyber Torres critical of YES coverage of Masahiro Tanaka injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Two New York Yankees players think YES Network was insensitive in how they broadcast Masahiro Tanaka’s scary injury on Saturday. Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive during Saturday’s simulated game. The workout was being broadcast live on YES, the..." July 04

  • Giancarlo Stanton Had A Heartbreaking Reaction To Hitting Masahiro Tanaka With Line Drive

    Total Pro Sports "On Saturday afternoon, the New York Yankees took to the field for a scrimmage ahead of the restart of the 2020 MLB season and tragedy struck the Bronx Bombers. During the game, Masahiro Tanaka faced off against Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton and it ended bad for the pitcher as..." July 04

  • Kansas City Royals’ All-Star Salvador Perez tests positive for COVID-19

    Sportsnaut "Kansas City Royals catcher Salvador Perez became the latest MLB player to test positive for COVID-19, joining a growing list of names before the MLB season even begins. Just a day after spring training 2.0 kicked off and MLB announced 31 players tested positive for the..." July 04

  • Miguel Sano among four Twins players to test positive for COVID-19

    CBS Sports "When the 60-game regular season begins later this month, the Minnesota Twins may be without slugging first baseman Miguel Sano. The club announced Saturday that Sano is away from the team after testing positive for COVID-19. They did not provide a timetable for his return. Twins..." July 04

  • DJ LeMahieu, Luis Cessa Test Positive For COVID-19

    MLB Trade Rumors "Yankees second baseman DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa have both tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Aaron Boone told reporters (including ESPN’s Marly Rivera).  Cessa has mild symptoms, while LeMahieu is asymptomatic.  Neither..." July 04

  • Dave Martinez critical of new extra innings rule

    Yardbarker "In a bid to prevent marathon games during a shortened season, every half inning after the ninth will start with a runner on second base in MLB this year. The rule may be understandable, but it doesn’t sound very popular. Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez admitted..." July 04

  • Celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Certifiably Insane Braves-Mets July 4 Marathon

    12 Up "The New York Mets and Atlanta Braves have always had a heated rivalry, with the Braves getting the better of them in recent years. Regardless of team success, the beef between both NL East teams has created some excellent moments over the years. The game between the two foes..." July 04

  • Masahiro Tanaka 'alert, responsive' after liner strikes head

    MLB.com "Right-hander Masahiro Tanaka was struck in the head by a line drive off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on Saturday, casting a somber tone over the Yankees’ first formal workout of Summer Camp at Yankee Stadium. About an hour after the injury, the Yankees announced that..." July 04

  • Dodgers pitcher David Price opts out of 2020 MLB season

    Yahoo! Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers will not have pitcher David Price in 2020. Price announced Saturday he will not take part in the 2020 Major League Baseball season. Price, 34, said he believes it’s “in the best interest of my health and my family’s health”..." July 04

  • MLB Plans to Release Schedule for 60-Game Season on Monday

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball is reportedly planning to release the 60-game schedule for each of its 30 teams Monday. Per USA Today's Bob Nightengale, the schedule is expected to feature the New York Yankees at Washington Nationals and San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers..." July 04

  • Collin McHugh Rightfully Flames MLB Owners Over Recent Discussions of Fans in Stands

    12 Up "While the 2020 MLB season is set to commence later this month, it was in danger due to the nasty public negotiations between the league and MLB Players Association. With players demanding full prorated salary, league owners said they couldn't afford to play more than 60 games..." July 04

  • Freddie Freeman among four Braves players to test positive for coronavirus

    ESPN "Four members of the Atlanta Braves -- Freddie Freeman, Will Smith, Touki Toussaint and Pete Kozma -- have all tested positive for COVID-19, manager Brian Snitker said Saturday. Snitker said Freeman, a four-time All-Star first baseman, is still..." July 04

  • Red Sox Sign RHP Caleb Simpson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have signed right-handed reliever Caleb Simpson and added him to their 60-man player pool, according to Ian Browne of MLB.com. His addition comes not long after the Red Sox revealed that two relievers, Darwinzon Hernandez and Josh Taylor, have tested..." July 04