• Mets manager Mickey Callaway almost certain to return next year

    SNY TV "At the All-Star break of a lost season for the Mets, uncertainty about the future is everywhere. But at least one big question appears settled: Mickey Callaway is almost certain to return as manager next season, according to major league sources. Mets officials are well aware that..." July 15

  • Giants Place Jeff Samardzija On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Giants have placed right-hander Jeff Samardzija on the disabled with inflammation in his pitching shoulder, Kerry Crowley of the Bay Area News Group was among those to report. Infielder Kelby Tomlinson is up from Triple-A Sacramento in a corresponding..." July 15

  • Matheny takes high road, accepts blame for Cardinals' disappointing season

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Deposed Cardinals manager Mike Matheny took the high road Sunday. He threw no daggers at anyone in the organization for his abrupt dismissal after Saturday’s come-from-ahead 8-2 loss to Cincinnati. “I’ve got nothing but gratitude,” Matheny said, "and this..." July 15

  • Cardinals plan to let interim manager finish out season

    Yardbarker "Even as rumors fly about more established managers being brought in, St. Louis Cardinals president John Mozeliak says the team will not hire a permanent manager until season’s end. Mozeliak said Sunday that interim manager Mike Shildt is expected to be allowed to finish out the..." July 15

  • Report: Phillies could try to sign both Bryce Harper, Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies are among the teams that are trying to trade for Manny Machado as the July 31 deadline nears, and they will likely try to sign the star shortstop this winter even if they can’t acquire him sooner. Believe it or not, signing Machado to a long-term deal may not..." July 15

  • Revisiting the Cardinals' decision to hire Mike Matheny over current Indians manager Terry Francona in 2012

    CBS Sports "On Saturday night, the Cardinals dismissed longtime manager Mike Matheny. This, then, is as good of a time as any to remember that the Cardinals chose Matheny over current Cleveland Indians skipper Terry Francona. In fact, the Cardinals were so set on Matheny that..." July 15

  • Fulmer, McCann fume over tiny strike zone in Tigers' loss

    Detroit News "Michael Fulmer typically is more diplomatic, but he could not contain his frustration Saturday, after he was knocked out of the game in the fifth inning in the Tigers' 9-1 loss to the Astros.  "The guy was god-awful today," he said, speaking of home-plate umpire Pat..." July 15

  • Report: Yankees scouting Angels pitching

    The Score "The New York Yankees appear poised to pounce if the Los Angeles Angels choose to sell before the non-waiver trade deadline. With Los Angeles sitting 14 games back in the American League West and 10 out of the second wild-card spot, the Yankees have scouted their..." July 15

  • Injury-plagued Brewers put Jonathan Villar on DL with thumb injury, recall Brett Phillips

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Beyond needing the all-star break to catch their breath after 20 consecutive days of action, the Brewers need it because of a growing casualty list. Yet another player landed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday when second baseman Jonathan Villar was placed there with a right thumb..." July 15

  • Kevin Pillar Expected To Miss 4-6 Weeks

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Blue Jays announced that they’ve placed center fielder Kevin Pillar on the 10-day disabled list with a right sternoclavicular joint sprain. They also sent infielder Lourdes Gurriel Jr. to the seven-day concussion DL and activated a pair of pitchers –..." July 15

  • Report: Dodgers Still Firmly in the Race to Land Manny Machado

    12 Up "?The rumors surrounding Manny Machado continue to swirl, and it seems that every team with playoff aspirations is somewhat interested in the four-time All-Star. This includes the ?Los Angeles Dodgers, who are looking for a player to separate them from the rest of the pack in..." July 15

  • Cubs need Yu Darvish to ‘ramp it up’ in second half

    Chicago Sun-Times "It’s not just the Cubs’ front office, manager, fans and media. Teammates are starting to ask right-hander Yu Darvish when he’s going to pitch for them again. On Saturday, it was first baseman Anthony Rizzo, whose locker is near Darvish’s this weekend in the..." July 15

  • Pirates option Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The signs were there for about a week. Then, the Pirates pulled the plug. The team on Sunday optioned outfielder Austin Meadows to Class AAA Indianapolis. To take Meadows’ spot on the roster, they recalled right-hander Tanner Anderson for his second big-league..." July 15

  • MLB Rumors: Yankees won't give up top prospects for Manny Machado?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Another day, another Manny Machado-Yankees rumor. The Yankees are unwilling to include any of their top prospects in a deal that would land Machado, the Orioles' star shortstop, in the Bronx, according to a report from the New York Post's George..." July 15

  • Manny Machado would not provide Dodgers the relief they need

    Los Angeles Times "Manny Machado, Manny Machado, Manny Machado. That’s all you hear around Dodger Stadium these days, the name whispered by players, barked by ushers, and planted firmly in the form of questions by sweaty fans searching for a breeze When are the Dodgers going to trade for..." July 15

  • Zach Eflin placed on DL; De Los Santos to start

    MLB.com "Right-hander Zach Eflin will be heading to the 10-day disabled list Saturday, still nursing a blister on his right middle finger. Minutes after a 2-0 loss to the Marlins, Phillies manager Gabe Kapler explained that the DL stint is a precautionary..." July 15

  • Cardinals fire manager Mike Matheny after another ugly loss

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "For an organization that prized continuity and rooted its recent success in more than a decade of leadership stability, the Cardinals sent a sudden, jarring message by firing manager Mike Matheny late Saturday night. The Cardinals announced the move shortly after a soggy, sloppy 8-2..." July 15

  • Ex-Yankees manager Joe Girardi emerges as favorite for Cardinals job: report

    New York Daily News "Maybe it’s what he wants. Earlier this summer, Joe Girardi told The News he’d love to get back into managing and now it seems the former Yankees skipper might get the chance sooner rather than later. Girardi has emerged as a favorite to become the..." July 15

  • Why the Cardinals fired Mike Matheny

    Hardball Talk "Matheny’s late night firing by the St. Louis Cardinals came as a major surprise. Even those who watch the team closely were shocked by the move. Indeed, just 15 minutes before Matheny was fired, St. Louis writer and radio host Bernie Miklasz — an excellent source for..." July 15

  • Red Sox Place Eduardo Rodriguez On DL

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Red Sox have placed left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez on the 10-day disabled list with a right ankle sprain, the team announced. In a corresponding move, Boston activated fellow southpaw Brian Johnson from the 10-day DL. Rodriguez suffered the injury in..." July 15

  • As Orioles work to trade closer Zach Britton, he's showing suitors he's only getting better

    Baltimore Sun "Zach Britton’s days wearing an Orioles uniform are numbered. The longest-tenured player in the organization will likely be traded in the coming weeks – or days – before the July 31 nonwaiver trade deadline. When Britton, 30, ruptured his Achilles tendon in..." July 15

  • Rangers Shin-Soo Choo reaches base for a whopping 50th consecutive game

    Sportsnaut "While it has been a season to forget for the Texas Rangers, 2018 has provided Shin-Soo Choo with a performance he won’t ever want to forget. In his first at-bat of Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles, Choo drew a walk. It wasn’t an ordinary walk. The free..." July 15

  • Tim Tebow confirms he's dating model and former Miss Universe Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

    USA Today "Few athletes have drawn as much attention as Tim Tebow in the past dozen years, be it his historic career at Florida, his up-and-down NFL career — Tebow Time was "a thing" — or his new adventures in professional baseball.   The attention..." July 15

  • Phillies trade left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner to Tampa Bay Rays

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "While all eyes are on Manny Machado, the Phillies on Saturday night made a minor move. The Phillies traded left-handed pitcher Hoby Milner to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. Milner was designated for assignment on Tuesday. Milner, 27, began the season with..." July 15

  • Report: Astros linked to Reds closer Raisel Iglesias

    Sportsnaut "After sending former closer Ken Giles down to Triple-A Fresno this week, the Houston Astros’ need for help at the back of their bullpen grew even stronger. While the organization has explored multiple relievers on the trade market, the front office is especially high..." July 14

  • Rays C Wilson Ramos out of All-Star Game due to hamstring injury

    Tampa Bay Times "Ramos said he will not be able to play in the All-Star Game and will be removed from the active roster but still plans to attend and take part in the festivities. He also said he "probably" will end up on the DL, which will cause the Rays to scramble as they don't have..." July 14

  • Report: Two teams among finalists for Manny Machado

    Larry Brown Sports "The Baltimore Orioles appear to be moving closer to a Manny Machado deal. According to Buster Olney of ESPN, the Orioles are narrowing down their potential Machado trade partners to move closer to a final deal. Among the finalists are the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers,..." July 14

  • Yoenis Cespedes' return to Mets lineup could come next week vs. Yankees as DH

    New York Daily News "A return for Yoenis Cespedes is on the horizon, and it could come as soon as next weekend against none other than the Yankees. With the Subway Series taking place next weekend at Yankee Stadium, Mickey Callaway said Saturday that Cespedes could be an option as the designated hitter in..." July 14

  • Eduardo Rodriguez exits early with ankle sprain

    NBC Sports Boston "Red Sox left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez suffered a sprained right ankle and had to leave the game after a collision at first base with the Blue Jays' Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the sixth inning on Saturday. Rodriguez was covering first on Gurriel's ground ball to Blake Swihart -..." July 14

  • Pirates place Francisco Cervelli on seven-day disabled list

    Hardball Talk "The Pirates placed catcher Francisco Cervelli on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, according to a team announcement. In a corresponding move, catcher Jacob Stallings was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to participate in Saturday’s doubleheader..." July 14

  • Kate Upton and Justin Verlander expecting first child

    Sportsnaut "Congratulations are in order for supermodel Kate Upton and her lesser half, Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander. In a bombshell post on Instagram Saturday morning, Upton announced that she’s pregnant with the couple’s first child. Talk about dropping the..." July 14

  • Yankees' Sanchez could go on rehab assignment Sunday

    SNY TV "After being able to do some baserunning prior to the Yankees facing the Indians without discomfort, C Gary Sanchez will be heading on a rehab assignment in the near future. It could be as soon as Sunday, according to Aaron Boone.  Sanchez has been sidelined with a groin..." July 14

  • Nats manager will speak with Bryce Harper about lack of hustle

    Larry Brown Sports "New manager, same old problem for Bryce Harper. Harper did not run out a ground ball he hit in the fifth inning of the Washington Nationals’ 4-2 loss to the New York Mets on Friday. The Mets had an easy double play as a result. There were runners on first and second..." July 14

  • Adam Jones remains unsure of destination or his decision

    Masn "While reports have surfaced that the Indians are expressing interest in Orioles center fielder Adam Jones, the first real buzz attached to the five-time All-Star and pending free agent, he still hasn’t been approached by the club regarding his 10-5 status. Jones..." July 14

  • Arodys Vizcaino goes back on DL for recurring shoulder woes

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves were especially careful not to overwork closer Arodys Vizcaino since he came off the disabled list July 3, but it didn’t much matter. He’s back on the DL, once again with inflammation in his balky right shoulder. In an unexpected move made a half-hour before..." July 14

  • Indians Interested In Mychal Givens

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Indians have shown interest in Orioles position players Manny Machado and Adam Jones leading up to this month’s non-waiver trade deadline. Orioles reliever Mychal Givens has also landed on the Indians’ radar, as Jon Morosi of MLB.com tweets that the two teams “have..." July 14

  • Phillies are upping their offer for Machado

    Hardball Talk "Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies have increased their trade offer for Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. The specifics of any potential deal have not been released, obviously, but the Phillies are said to be willing to part with minor league pitching depth from Low-A ball..." July 14

  • Which Blue Jays should stay and go at MLB trade deadline?

    Sportsnet "You can dream and scheme all you want but the bottom line remains the same for any professional sports team: the value of your players on the trade market is what another team will give you in return. It’s not how you or the national media value the player; it’s how your peers see..." July 14

  • Rays' Snell: 'I knew I deserved' to be an All-Star

    Tampa Bay Times "The conversation took place a month or so ago, when Dave Snell told his son Blake he had bought a plane ticket from Seattle to Washington, D.C., for All-Star week in anticipation of seeing him there. "I told him to shut up,'' his son recalled. "I told him,..." July 14

  • Billy Beane Says He Sees Athletics As Buyers

    MLB Trade Rumors "It sounds as if the Athletics won’t shy away from improving their roster despite facing a challenging path to the postseason. President of baseball operations Billy Beane indicated he’s “preparing” to act as a buyer this summer in an interesting chat with Tim..." July 14

  • Gennett: Reds 'want me here for the long term'

    MLB.com "Earlier this season, Scooter Gennett was poised to be one of the Reds' top trade chips this summer. The second baseman was prepared to be plugged in for rumors ahead of the July 31 non-waivers Trade Deadline. Gennett's situation now appears to be less tenuous, especially as..." July 14

  • FOX Sports to employ SkyCam for first time at 2018 MLB All-Star Game

    Sportress of Blogitude "FOX Sports is pulling out all the stops for its broadcast of the 2018 MLB All-Star Game next Tuesday. The latest announcement touting the added bells and whistles to be employed by FOX reveals the network will use SkyCam for the first time at the “Midsummer Classic” at Nationals..." July 14

  • Brewers’ Jesus Aguilar does not believe that HR Derby messes up a player’s swing

    Larry Brown Sports "Jesus Aguilar is not worried about the Home Run Derby potentially derailing his breakout season. The Milwaukee Brewers slugger, who will be participating in next week’s competition at Nationals Park, told reporters on Friday that he does not believe in the theory that the Derby..." July 14

  • Is Chase Utley a Hall of Famer?

    Hardball Talk "Every time a big star retires — or announces his retirement at some date certain in the future — we ask whether he is a Hall of Famer. It’s a potentially troublesome exercise, however. By immediately invoking the Hall of Fame we’re practically begging the..." July 14

  • Angels To Sign Junichi Tazawa

    Japan Times "Junichi Tazawa has signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels, the American League club announced Friday. The 32-year-old right-hander, who was released by the Detroit Tigers’ Triple-A affiliate on Monday after posting a 9.39 ERA over 7-2/3 innings, has already begun..." July 14

  • Giants To Sign Peter Bourjos

    San Jose Mercury News "The Giants lost one outfielder in a trade last week, but they signed another right-handed hitting center fielder Friday. San Francisco agreed to terms on a minor league contract with free agent Peter Bourjos, 31, who was released by the Atlanta Braves last week. Bourjos will..." July 14

  • Orioles Sign Sean Gilmartin

    CBS Sports "Gilmartin signed a minor-league contract with the Orioles on Friday, David Hall of The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reports. Gilmartin was released by the Cardinals at the start of July after posting a 4.66 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 46.1 innings for Triple-A Memphis. " July 14

  • Angels Place Albert Pujols On 10-Day DL

    Hardball Talk "Just one day after tying Ken Griffey, Jr. on the all-time home run list, Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols has landed on the 10-day disabled list with inflammation in his left knee. It’s not clear exactly when the injury developed or how long Pujols will be sidelined, though it seems..." July 14

  • Report: Yankees could give up on Manny Machado and switch targets

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees may be running into roadblocks in their trade pursuit of Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado. According to Andy Martino of SNY, the Yankees are reluctant to part with top pitching prospect Justus Sheffield in a Machado trade, which could ultimately..." July 13

  • Why Bruce Bochy dropped Buster Posey in the Giants’ lineup

    San Jose Mercury News "Buster Posey hasn’t batted fifth in the Giants’ lineup since 2010, his first full major-league season. Posey has only logged 34 plate appearances in his career hitting fifth, more than only hitting ninth (17), eighth (10) and leadoff (one). Yet Giants manager..." July 13