• Manny Machado swarmed by reporters amid rampant trade rumors

    Sportsnaut "Even before Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field, he knew what to expect. With both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs mentioned as fits for this summer’s most desirable trade candidate, he was surrounded by media members covering both..." May 22

  • Rangers GM puts onus on players, not coaches, for early struggles

    ESPN "As the Texas Rangers continue to fall off the pace in the American League West, president and general manager Jon Daniels isn't looking to place the blame on his coaching staff. "When we took the approach we took this offseason -- and on top of that you've got the number..." May 22

  • Carlos Gomez blasts MLB drug testing policy: ‘It’s not random’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez put Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy on blast during an appearance this week on Yahoo Sports’ “MLB Podcast.” Perhaps most alarming about Gomez’s comments is his claim he’s been tested between five..." May 22

  • Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer: Who is a better fit for Yankees?

    SNY TV "The Yankees continue to roll, but it remains clear that a rotation upgrade could be the difference between dominating the regular season and passing the Houston Astros to win the American League pennant. Two of the their most appealing options, Texas' Cole Hamels and..." May 22

  • Mariners Place Dee Gordon On 10-Day DL With Fractured Toe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that outfielder/infielder Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day DL with a fractured big toe. He’ll be replaced on the active roster for the time being by first baseman Dan Vogelbach. This is the latest bit of unwelcome news for a..." May 22

  • It is extremely rare for young players to be doing what Gleyber Torres and Ozzie Albies are doing

    CBS Sports "Here's what 21-year-old Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres did on Monday night against the Rangers ...  Torres on the season is now thumping along at .321/.389/.571 (154 OPS+) with six homers in 25 games.  Speaking of youthful producers, Braves second baseman..." May 22

  • Tigers may have interest in Phil Hughes

    Larry Brown Sports "Phil Hughes looked like he had the potential to be one of the best pitchers in baseball early in his career with the New York Yankees, but he has basically had a rough go at it ever since. Still, at least one team may be willing to take a chance on the right-hander. On Monday, the..." May 22

  • Rays calling up infield prospect Willy Adames

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays are set to promote top shortstop prospect Willy Adames, a source tells ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The Rays, who have not yet announced the move, host the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday. " May 22

  • Are the Dodgers going to trade for Jose Abreu?

    Los Angeles Times "Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. In the Star Wars universe, the Dodgers' sweep of the Nationals would be titled, "A New Hope." Any trades on the horizon? I know the Dodgers swept the Nationals, and looked a..." May 22

  • New front-runners emerging in Harper sweepstakes?

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bryce Harper’s foray into free agency will not come for some time but that has not stopped frantic speculation concerning what comes next in the Washington Nationals superstar slugger’s career. Amid the endless conjecture comes a new theory as to which teams currently are the..." May 22

  • Cole Hamels, potential Yankees trade target, just wants to pitch in the playoffs again

    New York Daily News "Cole Hamels gets it. The Yankees are in need of a starting pitching upgrade, and if a bunch of stars were to align, Hamels could be that guy, a former World Series MVP that could potentially impact the Bombers the way veteran Justin Verlander did for the Astros last..." May 22

  • Lincecum can come off DL next week. Will Rangers activate him?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Tim Lincecum is eligible to come off the 60-day disabled list in seven days, and he again was scheduled to pitching multiple innings Monday for Triple A Round Rock. There are no guarantees, though, that the Texas Rangers will reinstate him May 28. General manager Jon Daniels..." May 22

  • Phillies' Gabe Kapler: Jorge Alfaro and Pudge Rodriguez are 'neck-and-neck, at worst'

    USA Today "Even at this early stage of the season, a series for first place in the National League East elicits extra excitement from already-pumped up Phillies manager Gabe Kapler — and more than a touch of hyperbole. So perhaps a grain of salt is required when Kapler favorably compares..." May 22

  • Trevor Bauer hates batting in NL parks, but don't expect any of his infamous batting stance impressions vs. Cubs

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Pitchers pitch and hitters hit, and Trevor Bauer fancies himself pretty competent when it comes to one, but not the other. However, that didn't stop the Cleveland Indians right-hander from having a little fun at his teammates' expense during a 2015 game in Pittsburgh where he..." May 22

  • Astros' Yuli Gurriel to pay for Houston family's travel expenses to Cuba after plane crash

    Houston Chronicle "More than 100 people died after a Cuban airliner crashed moments after takeoff from an airport near Havana on Friday. As support poured in from around the world, Astros first baseman and Cuban native Yuli Gurriel offered to help a Houston Cuban family whose relatives were..." May 22

  • Yankees hit insane new heights with record home run stretch

    New York Post "It has gotten to the point where even when the Yankees aren’t at their best it looks like the opposing team is fighting a nuclear war with dull kitchen knives. The latest example was on display Monday night when the Yankees allowed the woeful Rangers to hang around in the early..." May 22

  • Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment despite owing him more than $22 million

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "The lingering uncertainty over Phil Hughes’ role on the Twins is finally over. There isn’t one. The veteran righthander, who hoped to capture a spot in the starting rotation during spring training, then tried to fill a vague, undefined bullpen role when that didn’t..." May 22

  • Is homer a sign Odor is trending the right way?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Home runs, anybody? The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers supplied eight of them Monday night, and the traveled 3,358 feet. It was the biggest power output by two teams in Arlington since Sept. 25, 2011, when the Rangers and Seattle Mariners did it. That's an average of..." May 22

  • Do the White Sox really think Manny Machado would want to play for a team like theirs?

    Chicago Tribune "You know what’s worse than the White Sox not getting any better? The Sox not getting any smarter, that’s what. Bad and stupid is no way to go through the American League, even the AL Central. But bad and stupid were on display..." May 22

  • Clayton Kershaw could return within two weeks

    Larry Brown Sports "Clayton Kershaw’s rehab progress could have him back in the Los Angeles Dodgers’ rotation within the next two weeks. Kershaw last appeared in a game on May 1. A few days later, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list with biceps tendinitis. Not long after being placed on..." May 22

  • Zach Britton (Achilles) will start rehab assignment by end of May

    Number Fire "The Baltimore Orioles say the plan is for pitcher Zach Britton (Achilles) to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Norfolk on May 30. WHAT IT MEANS: Britton has been throwing off a mound for about a month now, so it's good news that he has a rehab date set. Coming off..." May 22

  • Mark Melancon's role upon return from DL should be similar to end of last season

    NBC Sports Bay Area "For a player who was such a high-profile addition two years ago, Mark Melancon has slipped under the radar over the past two months. His arm discomfort was quickly overshadowed by Madison Bumgarner’s pinky fracture, and while Melancon made progress, Johnny Cueto made a trip to Dr. James..." May 22

  • A’s Blake Treinen making closer job ‘look easy’

    San Francisco Gate "Blake Treinen, the A’s closer, is also an artist whose favorite medium is ink-pen pointillism: thousands of tiny dots, executed with precision in patterns so exact that he can create portraits. This makes sense to those who know Treinen. “Methodical, great eye for..." May 22

  • Angels manager Mike Scioscia on the verge of passing mentor Tommy Lasorda

    L.A. Daily News "For 13 years as a catcher with the Dodgers, Mike Scioscia shared a dugout with venerable manager Tommy Lasorda. In all of that time, Scioscia said he never imagined becoming a manager, let alone the milestone he’s about to reach. “When I was playing,” Scioscia said,..." May 22

  • Detroit Tigers developing a theme for this season. It's frustrating.

    Detroit Free Press "Ron Gardenhire’s phone rang in the middle of his postgame meeting with reporters on Monday night, his ringtone blaring a Kelly Clarkson song with the lyrics, “What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.” Tigers general manager Al Avila was..." May 22

  • Machado not distracted by trade talks: 'I go out there and play'

    The Score "Manny Machado's days as a member of the Baltimore Orioles could soon be over. Trade talks surfaced during the offseason, and have only ramped up as the Orioles have scuffled through the season's opening two months. Even though speculation has become more rampant in recent..." May 21

  • Mets showing interest in Jose Bautista

    New York Daily News "While the Mets are getting questions about one of their struggling veterans, they might want to bring in another. The club is showing some interest in Jose Bautista, according to a team source, after the 37-year-old was released Sunday by the Braves. Bautista, who made six straight..." May 21

  • Nationals' Juan Soto becomes youngest MLB player to hit a home run in six years

    CBS Sports "Over the weekend, the Washington Nationals called up top prospect Juan Soto to help their outfield, which has been thinned by injuries. They're currently without Adam Eaton (hip), Brian Goodwin (wrist), and Howie Kendrick (Achilles). And, in his first MLB start Monday night..." May 21

  • White Sox Sign Michael Saunders To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran outfielder Michael Saunders has signed a minor league contract with the White Sox, according to an announcement from the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Charlotte. He’s on the active roster for today’s game. Saunders, who recently opted out of a minor league pact with the..." May 21

  • Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo admits team is pressing

    Larry Brown Sports "After a red-hot start to the season, the Arizona Diamondbacks have lost 10 of 11 and are struggling to reverse the trend. Things continued to get worse after a 4-1 loss to the New York Mets on Sunday, the second time they’ve fallen victim to a series sweep in their last three...." May 21

  • Is Blake Parker stepping into the closer role for the Angels?

    Yardbarker "The Angels’ closer role has been something of a carousel all season, and just when it looked to be settling on Keynan Middleton, the 24-year-old righty was diagnosed with a UCL tear that required Tommy John surgery. As Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register notes, Blake..." May 21

  • Hader's feats generating All-Star, Cy Young buzz

    MLB.com "Is Josh Hader pitching his way onto the National League All-Star team? What about the way-too-early NL Cy Young Award debate? Brewers manager Craig Counsell will leave those questions to observers outside the clubhouse. "I think Josh is pitching really well and..." May 21

  • Tigers receiving trade inquiries about Francisco Liriano

    The Score "The Detroit Tigers may have a luxurious trade chip on their hands in left-hander Francisco Liriano, who has only increased his trade interest after carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Sunday. The Tigers are getting inquiries from teams with strong interest in the..." May 21

  • MLB extends Blue Jays’ Roberto Osuna administrative leave

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball has extended Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Roberto Osuna‘s administrative leave seven days through May 28. This will be the second time Osuna’s administrative leave is extended. Osuna was originally charged by the Toronto Police on May 8 for..." May 21

  • Joe Girardi a candidate to be next White Sox manager?

    Larry Brown Sports "Less than seven months after being let go by the New York Yankees, Joe Girardi is already drawing buzz for another managerial job in the AL. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported this week that Girardi could be a name to keep an eye on for the Chicago White Sox job if they decide to..." May 21

  • Indians Move Josh Tomlin To Bullpen

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians are shifting fifth starter Josh Tomlin to the bullpen in favor of rookie right-hander Adam Plutko, manager Terry Francona revealed last night (link via Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer). Plutko, 26, will be recalled later this week to make what will be his second Major..." May 21

  • Angels' Shohei Ohtani says he's not good enough for Home Run Derby … yet

    Sporting News "Angels rookie sensation Shohei Ohtani is batting .321 with six home runs and a .619 slugging percentage through a mere 84 at-bats this season. That and his popularity worldwide has ignited a discussion: does the 23-year-old deserve a spot in the Home Run Derby during All-Star..." May 21

  • Ready for the Show? Blue Jays prospect Vlad Guerrero Jr. now hitting .423 in Double-A as 19-year-old

    CBS Sports "If the Toronto Blue Jays intend to keep Vladimir Guerrero Jr. in the minors for much longer, then he's making it very difficult for them to execute that plan. On Sunday, Guerrero Jr. had a four-for-four game that saw him deliver a walk-off home-run. In 38 games at..." May 21

  • 6 notable players with vesting options

    Yardbarker "With more than a quarter of the season in the books, it’s time to check in on some players whose status for the 2019 season could be determined by how they perform the rest of the way.  To recap, a vesting option is an option within a player’s contract that can alter the..." May 21

  • Indians Select Melky Cabrera, Designate Alexi Ogando

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have indeed optioned Marshall, Hoynes reports. Additionally, the club has designated reliever Alexi Ogando for assignment. Ogando signed a minor league accord with the Indians during the offseason and ended up cracking their roster earlier this month. However, the 34-year-old only..." May 21

  • Cardinals' Jordan Hicks throws MLB's fastest pitch of the year, clocking 105 mph twice

    CBS Sports "The Cardinals smothered the Phillies on Sunday (STL 5, PHI 1), thanks mostly to rookie Jack Flaherty's 13 strikeouts over 7 1/3 innings. However, a different Cardinal rookie right-hander pilfered some of Flaherty's bandwidth thanks to his ninth-inning encounter with Odubel Herrera. We..." May 21

  • Cozart thinks the way the Rays used Romo is bad for baseball

    Hardball Talk "The Rays started Sergio Romo on back-to-back days and if that sounds weird to you, you’re not alone. Romo, of course, was the star closer for the Giants for a while, helping them win the World Series in 2012 and ’14. He’s been a full-time reliever dating back to 2006, when he..." May 21

  • 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

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