Bleacher Report "The Arizona Diamondbacks have made history, but it's not the kind that they'll want to be remembered for. With a 10-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday, the Diamondbacks set an MLB record for the longest road losing streak since 1900, which now stands at 23..." June 17
CBS Sports "Major League Baseball recently revealed that the league was going to start cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances. Beginning on June 21, any pitcher caught using a foreign substancewill be suspended for 10 games. On Wednesday, agent Scott Boras weighed in on the..." June 17
The Athletic "We interrupt this frenetic conversation about Spider Tack, spin rates and glop on the baseball for this important reminder: If you think this glop crackdown alone will “fix” offense, we need to ship you a radar gun immediately! That’s because … Today’s..." June 17
Larry Brown Sports "A self-titled MLB analyst apologized on Twitter Thursday for spreading cheating allegations on the social media platform a day earlier. MLB has been dealing with some serious cheating issues the last few years. The Houston Astros were caught cheating in the 2017 playoffs, the year..." June 17
Sports Grid "Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the St. Louis Cardinals have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Wade LeBlanc. The 13-year veteran last pitched in as a member of the Baltimore Orioles, starting one game, a 7-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics. He pitched 1.2 innings,..." June 17
The Score "The New York Yankees traded first baseman Mike Ford to the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations and a player to be named later, the Rays announced Thursday. Ford was designated for assignment Saturday after struggling in 2021. He slashed .133/.278/.283..." June 17
MLB.com "If it seems like the baseball season just started, we have some news for you: It’s almost Trade Deadline season. We’re 40% of the way through the schedule. We’re two weeks from July, and there's less than a month until the All-Star Game. While there’s still a sizable..." June 17
Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball received a flurry of mixed reactions to its memo detailing stricter enforcement of its rules banning pitchers from using foreign substances on baseballs. While players have debated the virtues and side effects of the league’s new regulations, Tampa Bay Rays..." June 17
Bleacher Report "Now that Major League Baseball's crackdown on foreign substances is finally here, all sorts of potentially avoidable Hell is poised to break loose. After first warning pitchers in March that it was drawing a line on pitchers applying pine tar and other sticky stuff to..." June 17
The Athletic "Zac Gallen picked a hell of a way to come off the injured list. For 10 minutes Wednesday, the Diamondbacks ace talked with reporters about his impending return from an elbow injury. Then, when the supply of elbow health questions was exhausted, came the query that every pitcher..." June 17
Total Pro Sports "The Yankees eked out a win, though the bigger story may have been when Gerrit Cole had to say after the game. The talk that has dominated MLB headlines for the last two weeks revolves around the pending crackdown on foreign substances. On Wednesday night, the Yankees narrowly defeated..." June 17
MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has updated its COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated Tiers 1 and 2 personnel (including players and coaches), reports Britt Ghiroli of the Athletic. Most notably, fully vaccinated individuals will no longer be tested for COVID-19 unless they have symptoms of or have been..." June 17
The Atlantic "Did anyone think Tuesday’s long-awaited memo detailing Major League Baseball’s plans to crack down on pitchers’ use of foreign substances would truly be the end of the debate? No sooner had MLB vice president Michael Hill’s email to all players and teams hit..." June 17
The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Ross Stripling said he's "completely embarrassed" for yelling at third baseman Joe Panik after a failed defensive play during Wednesday's loss against the New York Yankees. Stripling was visibly upset after..." June 17
Bleacher Report "Call it the Curse of the Faux-Hitter. On April 25, Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Madison Bumgarner tossed a complete game without allowing a hit against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park. Yet because the outing came in a league-mandated seven-inning doubleheader, Major League Baseball..." June 17
CBS Sports "By now, surely all Major League Baseball fans have heard about the ongoing controversy with pitchers using foreign substances. Whether it's cheating with something like Spider Tack or using so-called "grip agents" like pine tar or rosin mixed with sunscreen, it's likely..." June 16
MLB Trade Rumors "Diamondbacks general manager Mike Hazen addressed the team’s general plans for the July 30 trade deadline this morning with 98.7 FM Arizona Sports (h/t to Zach Buchanan of the Athletic). Unsurprisingly, he confirmed the 20-48 club has been fielding offers from contenders..." June 16
Sportsnaut "The Los Angeles Dodgers added outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to their major league roster for the first time on Wednesday, while designating right-hander Nate Jones for assignment. The Dodgers picked up Souza on a minor-league deal during spring training after he was released by the..." June 16
"Weber was claimed off waivers by the Brewers on Wednesday.
Weber was designated for assignment by Boston on Monday, and he's now been assigned to Triple-A Nashville to begin his time with his new organization.
Total Pro Sports "Move over, Houston Astros….You certainly have some company in the cheating department. Major League Baseball is getting rocked this week with more cheating accusations after MLB analyst and podcast host Ryan M. Spaeder took to Twitter and decided to burn it all dwn and expose..." June 16
ESPN "Inside the dugout of a National League team this week, a passive-aggressive internecine squabble broke out. When two veteran hitters returned to the dugout after striking out, each said, loud enough for everyone around them to hear, "Sticky stuff." The starting pitchers in the dugout,..." June 16
Mass Live "Red Sox manager Alex Cora had a clear message to his pitchers when discussing Major League Baseball’s impending crackdown on using foreign substances to doctor baseballs: Don’t cheat, or you’ll regret it. Cora, who was banned for the entire 2020 season after being..." June 16
The Athletic "Adam Wainwright was transparent about another fine outing Monday, breaking down what went well and how he navigated himself out of trouble in the Cardinals’ 4-2 win over Miami at Busch Stadium. He delivered an honest assessment of his start — six innings pitched, four..." June 16
MLB Trade Rumors "When Trevor Bauer signed a three-year, $102MM deal with the Dodgers back in February, he ensured flexibility by securing opt-outs after the first and second years. However, the details suggest the contract was designed to keep Bauer in Los Angeles for the first two..." June 16
Larry Brown Sports "Major League Baseball’s revised policy regarding the use of foreign substances by pitchers has dominated the sport’s news cycle this week, but we can assure you no one had a better take on the topic than Pedro Martinez. Martinez, one of the greatest pitchers of all time,..." June 16
Detroit Free Press
"Home plate umpire John Tumpane approached Detroit Tigers right-hander Casey Mize and catcher Jake Rogers after the first inning for a conversation.
Manager AJ Hinch exited the dugout to join them.
For The Win "Major League Baseball announced new rules and punishments on Tuesday for any player caught using foreign substances to manipulate the baseball. An automatic ejection and 10-game paid suspension were among the punishments, and umpires will frequently check pitchers for..." June 16
Larry Brown Sports "Carlos Rodon got lots of pats on the back on social media for calling out Rob Manfred on Tuesday, but he showed how clueless he is. Rodon, who has been stellar for the Chicago White Sox this season, complained about what he viewed as inconsistencies in the suspensions by MLB. He has..." June 16
NBC Sports Chicago "Carlos Rodón sees a double standard. The Chicago White Sox pitcher, who's having a resurgent season and has firmly planted himself in the middle of the Cy Young conversation in the American League, has some thoughts on baseball's crackdown on foreign..." June 16
The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays' bullpen imploded once again on Tuesday, but manager Charlie Montoyo doesn't seem to expect any reinforcements. "It's been every f*****g month, I mean, the whole month about the same thing. ... These are who we've got, and we're..." June 16
Chron "Dallas Keuchel will face his old team for the first time when the White Sox play at Minute Maid Park on Sunday. Like when A.J. Hinch and George Springer made their returns to Houston with their respective new teams, Keuchel figures to get a warm reception from the fans who saw..." June 16
The Score "Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is blaming his partially torn UCL and flexor strain on Major League Baseball's looming crackdown on foreign-substance use. "I just threw 80-something innings and you just told me I can't use..." June 15
Bleacher Report "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman didn't exactly provide a ringing endorsement of Aaron Boone when asked about the future of the Yankees manager. "We made this bed and we are going to sleep in it," Cashman told reporters Tuesday. "We are in..." June 15
MLB Trade Rumors
"The Orioles acquired minor league outfielder Jose Berroa from the Pirates for catcher Taylor Davis, reported Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com among others.
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"The Detroit Tigers, suffering through injuries in their pitching rotation, will make a splash to address those issues by debuting one of their most exciting young prospects Matt Manning Thursday against the Anaheim Angels.
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TMZ "Tommy Pham says the trash talk directed his way this year has been ruthless -- with fans bringing up his terrifying offseason stabbing incident ... and now, he says he wants MLB to step in. The Padres star spoke candidly this week about the verbal abuse that's been hurled at..." June 15
Phillies Nation "An old friend is set to return to the Philadelphia Phillies organization. The team purchased the contract of first baseman Brock Stassi, a member of the 2017 Phillies, on Monday, according to the president of Stassi’s former club in the Atlantic..." June 15
Bleacher Report "Roughly three months after it first warned teams that it would be cracking down on pitchers using foreign substances, Major League Baseball now seems ready to actually back up its talk with action. In what may or may not be a related story, the league's hitters are..." June 15
San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bob Melvin will be back with the A’s in 2022. The A’s said Tuesday they exercised their club option for next season on Melvin, who recently became the team’s winningest manager of the Oakland era. “Obviously this is a place I want to be and..." June 15
ESPN "Shohei Ohtani leads American League designated hitters in All-Star Game fan votes by a wide margin. But the Los Angeles Angels' two-way sensation also is putting together a spectacular season on the mound, creating the possibility of Ohtani both pitching and hitting at Coors Field..." June 15
Sportsnaut "Major league pitchers who are accustomed to using any of a number of sticky substances to get a better grip on the baseball reportedly have about a week to discontinue the practice — or face a suspension. Citing unnamed sources on Monday, ESPN reported that Major League Baseball..." June 15
Bleacher Report "One of the biggest talking points in Major League Baseball is how many pitchers are using foreign substances to improve their command and the spin rate on their pitches. With that as the backdrop, Stephanie Apstein and Alex Prewitt of Sports Illustrated spoke to..." June 15
The Athletic "The Braves began this season with four straight losses, they have losing records against three of their four NL opponents and two and a half months into the season they have yet to spend a day with a record over .500. That, along with major injuries to Mike Soroka and Travis d’Arnaud and..." June 15
ESPN "If baseball's loose plan to combat the use of foreign substances firms up this week, with the issuance of a memo to teams, then it's possible that the first day that umpires will bear formal instructions to check pitchers could be Monday. And if Jacob deGrom's elbow is OK..." June 15
Yahoo! Sports "When you lead the majors in almost every offensive category at the age of 22, it's only fitting that you get some public recognition for your achievements. That's the case with Toronto Blue Jays phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr., who ranks first among all players in 2021 MLB..." June 14
MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers have acquired minor league shortstop Andres Mesa from the Mariners as the player to be named later from last December’s Rafael Montero trade. The two parties had until tomorrow to agree on the player involved, as PTBNLs must be determined within six months..." June 14
Over The Monster "Earlier on Monday, the Red Sox made a roster move to designate Ryan Weber for assignment and add Michael Chavis to the active roster. As a result, the Red Sox were left with an open 40-man spot, but it wasn’t going to be left open very long at all. The team made a deal with the..." June 14
"Weber was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Monday, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
Weber made his 2021 debut in Sunday's loss to the Blue Jays but was hit hard as a long reliever.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have designated right-hander Jacob Barnes for assignment and recalled righty Sean Reid-Foley from Triple-A Syracuse, per a team announcement. It’s been a rough showing for the 31-year-old Barnes with the Mets. In 18 2/3 innings, the former Brewers,..." June 14
ESPN "With every team but the New York Mets past the 60-game mark, the point at which last season's standings were forever frozen, we have a pretty good idea of how the 2021 MLB playoff races are setting up. There will be further movement, to be sure. Some divisions..." June 14