• Should Blue Jays be deadline buyers for controllable starting pitching?

    Sportsnet "They sit 16 games out of first place in the AL East. Fangraphs pegs their odds of making the playoffs at a meagre three per cent, and we’re not even halfway through the season. By any typical measure, the Toronto Blue Jays profile as clear sellers this season, with a long-term..." June 21

  • Mike Trout DHing for Angels due to finger issue

    Larry Brown Sports "Mike Trout will only have limited availability for the Los Angeles Angels over the next few days. Trout is being bothered by a strained right index finger, which is preventing him from throwing. Because of the injury, he is just serving as the Angels’ DH on Thursday and not..." June 21

  • David Price uses massage device on hand during Red Sox game

    Yardbarker "There has not been much talk lately about David Price’s hand, but apparently it’s still something to which he’s giving a lot of attention. Price was seen using a massaging device on his hand during the Red Sox-Twins game on Thursday. He was using it while cheering on..." June 21

  • Padres have done 'due diligence' regarding Machado

    The Score "The San Diego Padres, Major League Baseball's resident agent of chaos, may be entering the Manny Machado sweepstakes as an extreme dark-horse candidate. The Padres have reportedly been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about the possibility of acquiring the superstar..." June 21

  • He’s back: Shelby Miller will make season debut for D-backs on Monday

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Diamondbacks starting pitcher Shelby Miller will make his MLB return from Tommy John surgery Monday against the Miami Marlins, the team announced Thursday. Miller, who has been sidelined for more than a year after tearing his UCL against the Dodgers in April of 2017, has..." June 21

  • Straily suspended 5 games for Posey HBP

    MLB.com "Miami Marlins pitcher Dan Straily has received a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine for intentionally throwing a pitch at Buster Posey of the San Francisco Giants, while warnings were in place for both teams, in the bottom of the second inning of Tuesday night's game at AT&T..." June 21

  • Indians among teams interested in Adrian Beltre

    Sportsnaut "Boasting a 32-44 record heading into Thursday’s action, the last-place Texas Rangers will certainly look to sell off some veteran assets between now and next month’s trade deadline. Despite the team’s struggles, there are multiple veterans that could intrigue..." June 21

  • Rivals dubious Mets will deal deGrom or Syndergaard

    Fanrag Sports "People with both teams see a trade of one of the New York Mets’ two star starters – especially ace Jacob deGrom – as a major, major long shot. But if the Mets were to discuss deGrom, for instance, with the Yankees, they’d insist on Gleyber Torres. And guess..." June 21

  • Forget Machado (for Now), Phils Reportedly Eyeing HOF Third Baseman

    NBC Philadelphia "Forget Manny Machado (for now). The Phillies are reportedly also interested in an older third baseman who can still hit but would come much cheaper. That would be Rangers 3B and future Hall-of-Famer Adrian Beltre, according to MLB's Jon Paul..." June 21

  • Omaha to Host Tigers vs. Royals Ahead of 2019 College World Series

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball will have a small role in the 2019 College World Series. Per the Associated Press, the Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals will play a regular-season game at Omaha, Nebraska's TD Ameritrade Park as part of the kickoff week for next year's College..." June 21

  • Masahiro Tanaka to throw off a mound this weekend

    Hardball Talk "Earlier this month Yankees starter Masahiro Tanaka strained both of his hamstrings while running the bases in an interleague game against the Mets and was sent to the 10-day DL. Today it was announced that the beginning of the end of most DL stints for pitchers — throwing off of a mound..." June 21

  • Pedro Alvarez Accepts Outright Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles announced Thursday that corner infielder/designated hitter Pedro Alvarez has cleared waivers and been sent outright to Triple-A Norfolk. The veteran Alvarez would’ve had the right to reject that assignment in favor of free agency, though Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com..." June 21

  • Tyler Chatwood is walking an insane number of hitters

    The Sports Daily "The Chicago Cubs made an early splash last offseason by signing right-handed pitcher Tyler Chatwood to a three-year, $38 million deal. On the surface, this looked like a steal by Theo Epstein’s front office. After all, this was a hurler that had spent virtually his entire big-league..." June 21

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Noah Syndergaard's take on the 'mumbo jumbo'

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Mets head into play Thursday with a 31-40 record, good for fourth place in the National League East, 11 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. Clearly, this is not the year for the Mets. So general manager Sandy Alderson will spend the next six..." June 21

  • Mets in dire need of Yoenis Cespedes, who hopes to progress soon

    SNY TV "Mets OF Yoenis Cespedes (hip, quad) hopes to resume running soon as he works his way back from the DL, manager Mickey Callaway said Thursday. The Mets are in dire need of Cespedes, with Jay Bruce recently landing on the DL due to multiple injuries, and Juan Lagares out for..." June 21

  • Michael Saunders cut loose by White Sox

    CBS Sports "Saunders was released by the White Sox on Thursday, James Fegan of The Athletic reports. Saunders was signed to a minor-league deal exactly one month ago, but failed to impress during his brief stay with Triple-A Charlotte. Across 13 games, he went just 7-for-46 (.152 average) and has..." June 21

  • Gleyber Torres removes himself from Home Run Derby consideration

    New York Post "Gleyber Torres says he’ll pass on competing in the Home Run Derby next month, and that goes down as a loss for baseball, even if everyone outside New York might not necessarily agree. “I’m not a home-run hitter,” the Yankees’ dynamic rookie told The Post..." June 21

  • David Ortiz, Torii Hunter to Manage in All-Star Futures Game in Washington D.C.

    SI "David Ortiz and Torii Hunter will manage the All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park in Washington D.C. on July 15.  Ortiz will lead the world squad while Hunter will head the U.S. team in the contest that features the top minor league prospects, the league announced..." June 21

  • Jay Bruce Diagnosed With Hip Strain

    MLB Trade Rumors "Though the Mets tried to avoid it, they finally were forced to place outfielder Jay Bruce on the 10-day DL. It turns out that he was dealing with more than just soreness; Tim Britton of The Athletic was among those to tweet that imaging revealed a strain in Bruce’s right..." June 21

  • MLB trade market: Stranded stars J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro may soon leave Miami

    USA Today "The Miami Marlins’ offseason teardown was devastating to J.T. Realmuto and Starlin Castro, in entirely different ways. While Realmuto hated to see teammates like NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton, Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon get dealt away, to the point he requested a..." June 21

  • While going through old Facebook messages, Pat Neshek discovered a contract offer for 2014

    MLB.com "If you've ever found yourself sorting through old mail, you've probably discovered that you've missed out on some opportunities. Maybe it was a great coupon for discounted chicken wings, or maybe it was a free car wash. Chances are that none of us have ever stumbled upon a..." June 21

  • Cardinals can fix their bullpen before the MLB trade deadline, but fixing the infield defense may not be as easy

    CBS Sports "The St. Louis Cardinals avoided losing for the sixth time in their last seven games Tuesday night (STL 7, PHI 6), though it did not come easy. Rookie righty Jordan Hicks, who was pitching for the 34th time in the team's 71 games, allowed a game-tying two-run double to Rhys Hoskins in the..." June 21

  • Dombrowski On Red Sox’ Deadline Plans

    MLB Trade Rumors "As the summer trade period begins to take shape, Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski discussed his team’s plans with Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald. The full interview is essential reading for Boston fans, but we’ll discuss a few key elements..." June 21

  • Shelby Miller likely to make season debut on Monday

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks optioned right-hander Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno on Wednesday, a move that appears to signal an imminent return from the disabled list for right-hander Shelby Miller. In Koch’s place, the club recalled right-hander Jake Barrett, who likely will be available in..." June 20

  • Phanatic's flying hot dog leaves Phillies fan with facial injuries

    ESPN "The Phillie Phanatic has been launching hot dogs into the stands at Philadelphia Phillies games for years -- first at Veterans Stadium and now at Citizens Bank Park -- without any injuries. That changed Monday night. Using his customary launcher, the Phanatic sent..." June 20

  • The candidate who would rock Home Run Derby: Ichiro

    New York Post "More players seem to be shying away from the Home Run Derby every year. Scott Servais believes he has the perfect wild-card entry. The Mariners manager is starting a campaign for Ichiro Suzuki to get a crack at the derby next month at Nationals Park. “He comes out..." June 20

  • Mets hopeful Noah Syndergaard will throw bullpen session this weekend

    Sportsnaut "Noah Syndergaard has been out of commission since late May as he’s dealt with a strained ligament in one of his fingers on his pitching hand. The New York Mets were initially hopeful that Syndergaard would be able to pitch last weekend, but ultimately he needed more time for the..." June 20

  • Mike Rizzo on Bryce Harper’s struggles: ‘I think he’s handled them with class and dignity’

    Washington Post "If Bryce Harper did not have such a long and varied resume of major league successes, what has happened over the last few weeks would not be worth the energy so many who write and talk about this game devote to it. But Harper is not a man with a history of slides like the one pulling..." June 20

  • Mets pitching coach says it would be 'asinine' to trade Jacob deGrom

    SNY TV "Mets coaches and players alike are making it clear that they believe Jacob deGrom is an irreplaceable asset on the mound and should not be traded. Pitching coach Dave Eiland, who is in his first season with deGrom and the Mets, called the deGrom trade talk..." June 20

  • David Price would rather play Fortnite than pitch in All-Star Game

    NBC Sports Boston "David Price has laid off the Fortnite lately and his numbers (six wins, 2.64 ERA in his past seven starts) have picked up to All-Star caliber. But he told the Boston Herald he'll wear out the video-game controller again in order to avoid an appearance in the..." June 20

  • Cubs closer Brandon Morrow suffers back injury while taking off pants

    Sportress of Blogitude "Chicago Cubs closer Brandon Morrow is on the mend after suffering back spasms early Monday morning that flared up while taking off his pants. The injury occurred as Morrow undressed at home upon the Cubs’ return from St. Louis following a series with the..." June 20

  • What exactly does future hold for Chris Sale and will it be in Boston?

    WEEI Boston "The highest-paid pitcher in baseball hit free agency at age 30 after leading the American League in ERA and finishing second in the Cy Young Award voting. He had just topped 30 starts for the fifth time in six years and represented as safe a bet as a pitcher in his 30s could be. David..." June 20

  • Jose Abreu could be first White Sox non-pitching All-Star starter in 22 years

    Chicago Sun-Times "If it happens, and it’s trending in that direction, a White Sox position player starting in the 2018 All-Star Game is going to be a pretty big deal. How unusual will this be? Hall of Famer Frank Thomas was the last Sox player to get voted to start by the fans in..." June 20

  • Mike Trout Has Been Nearly Impossible to Get Out

    The Big Lead "Mike Trout is on pace to have the highest WAR season in Major League Baseball history. It takes a special effort to improve upon his previous seven stellar years. Leading the league in runs, homers, walks, on-base percentage, OPS, total bases, and intentional walks qualifies. And as we..." June 20

  • How Padres' Brad Hand could be season-changing Phillies trade target

    Newark Star-Ledger "When the Phillies arrived for spring training, a new mantra was enacted: Be Bold. So far, so good on the hope from the team's new manager, Gabe Kapler. At 38-33, the Phillies sit just one game out of a playoff spot and will send Jake Arrieta to the mound..." June 20

  • Maybe the Yankees won’t need to get a starter

    New York Post "The Yankees need a starting pitcher. It has been said so often — feels like it is on endless loop at the Stadium, like the roll call or Y-M-C-A — that it just has to be true. Right? Except the Yankees get a pretty good start on a near-daily basis, often better..." June 20

  • Why what Mike Montgomery did against LA could go a long way toward keeping him in the Cubs' rotation

    NBC Sports Chicago "Joe Maddon needed Mike Montgomery to get through at least six innings given the circumstances presenting the Cubs' manager before Game 2 of Tuesday’s day-night doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Not only were the Cubs short a man in the bullpen (thanks..." June 20

  • Broken left hand will sideline Phillies' J.P. Crawford 4-6 weeks

    ESPN "Facebook Twitter Facebook Messenger Pinterest Email print comment Phillies infielder J.P. Crawford will miss four to six weeks after suffering a broken left hand when he was hit by a pitch from the St...." June 20

  • VerHagen loses ball in the lights, breaks his nose, DL stint likely

    Detroit News "It's been a nightmarish season for Tigers right-hander Drew VerHagen. After making the team out of spring training, he faltered, was designated for assignment, passed over by all 29 teams, re-signed to Triple-A Toledo and now, after he worked his way back to the big leagues,..." June 20

  • Pitcher Steven Brault Sings National Anthem At PNC Park

    CBS Pittsburgh "It was a big night for one of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ pitchers; it just wasn’t on the mound like you’d expect. Instead, Steven Brault was in the spotlight during the pre-game ceremony. That’s when he took off his glove and picked up the PNC Park..." June 20

  • Twins' Eduardo Escobar on pace to shatter 87-year-old doubles record

    The Score "Perhaps "Jeopardy!" should rename its "Daily Double" in honor of Eduardo Escobar, since the Minnesota Twins third baseman is making two-base hits an everyday occurrence. Escobar has emerged seemingly from nowhere to become an unstoppable doubles..." June 20

  • Mets’ AJ Ramos out for season

    Newsday "AJ Ramos’ season — and perhaps his Mets career — is over. The righthanded reliever will have surgery Wednesday to repair a torn labrum in his right shoulder, the Mets announced Tuesday. The timing of the injury is particularly unfortunate for Ramos, who..." June 20

  • Rangers demote Yohander Méndez to Triple-A for violating team rules

    Hardball Talk "Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that the Rangers demoted pitcher Yohander Méndez to Triple-A Round Rock for violating team rules. Teammate Rougned Odor was also involved, apparently, and was not in Tuesday’s starting lineup. It is..." June 20

  • Marlins Release Severino Gonzalez, Sean Burnett

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Marlins have released right-hander Severino Gonzalez and veteran left-hander Sean Burnett from their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans, as first tweeted by the club’s Triple-A broadcaster, Tim Grubbs. Gonzalez, 25, spent a day on the..." June 20

  • Giants' Hunter Strickland to Undergo Surgery for Hand Injury After Punching Door

    Bleacher Report "San Francisco Giants closer Hunter Strickland reportedly punched a door after blowing a save Monday night against the Miami Marlins, fracturing his pitching hand in the process, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area.  Strickland will require..." June 19

  • Diamondbacks and Orioles have talked about Manny Machado trade

    Sportsnaut "A new suitor has entered the Manny Machado sweepstakes. According to a report, the Arizona Diamondbacks have been in contact with the Baltimore Orioles about possibly acquiring the slugger. Machado has been tied to multiple teams. The Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians have both been..." June 19

  • Joe Maddon on split doubleheaders: ‘I don’t think it’s a good idea’

    Sportress of Blogitude "The Chicago Cubs will face the Los Angeles Dodgers in a split doubleheader on Tuesday at Wrigley Field after Monday’s postponement due to bad weather and a ballpark lighting issue. The first pitch of the front half of the doubleheader came at 12:00 local time with the second game set to..." June 19

  • Why the Cubs should move to a six-man rotation when Yu Darvish returns from a triceps injury

    CBS Sports "At some point, likely in July, the Cubs are going to get Yu Darvish back from a triceps injury. When they do, assuming no other injuries in the meantime, they will have six quality rotation options. Consider:  Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks obviously aren't going anywhere...." June 19

  • Mariners ink pair of int'l teen pitching prospects

    MLB.com "The Mariners added a pair of southpaws to their system Tuesday as they announced the signing of international pitching prospects Jing-Yu Chang and Blake Townsend. Chang, 18, is a left-hander from Kaohsiung City, Taiwan, who is coming off a national high school championship with Kao..." June 19

  • Report: Padres Asking Red Sox for Rafael Devers or a Young MLB Starter in Brad Hand Talks

    12 Up "​With the American League currently containing the best teams in the entire MLB, any deal before the trade deadline could change momentum in such a tight race.  For the Boston Red Sox, ​acquiring additional arms in the bullpen is their top priority this summer. Relying..." June 19

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