• 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

  • Ronald Acuña to begin rehab assignment ‘sooner than later’

    Sportsnaut "It’s looking like the Atlanta Braves will soon have 20-year-old superstar outfielder Ronald Acuña back in the fold as his recovery process moves into the final stages. According to David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Acuña will soon begin a..." June 19

  • Yankees' Stanton seems to have made adjustment at plate

    SNY TV "Yankees OF Giancarlo Stanton said he wouldn't be changing his stance as he continues to fight his struggles at the plate. But, after a four-hit night in the team's win over the Nationals on Monday, it appears Stanton made an adjustment after all. And it..." June 19

  • Trade interest building for Blue Jays' Tepera

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Ryan Tepera has followed up a career year with another strong season, and could be an intriguing trade chip for the club heading into the non-waiver deadline. Trade interest is reportedly building for the club's late-inning reliever who has shared..." June 19

  • How the Cubs are trying to help Kris Bryant out of his slump

    NBC Sports Chicago "Whatever Kris Bryant does from here, it's just frosting on the cake that is his legacy. That's one way to look at the lasting impact of a guy like Bryant, who morphed from "The Chosen One" as the No. 2 overall pick. He's lived up to the hype from Day 1, has a..." June 19

  • Angels, Dodgers Pursued Kelvin Herrera Before Trade To Nationals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels and Dodgers were among the clubs that pursued reliever Kelvin Herrerabefore he was dealt yesterday from the Royals to the Nationals, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports (in an article and on Twitter). In fact, per the report, the two Los Angeles..." June 19

  • Could A’s changing times signal end to Billy Beane era?

    San Francisco Chronicle "For two decades, Billy Beane has reigned as the A’s mastermind, the team’s one real constant. For much of that time, David Forst has served as Beane’s trusted lieutenant, turning down chances to go elsewhere to stay in Oakland. And for nearly seven years,..." June 19

  • MLB Rumors: Rangers' Cole Hamels or Blue Jays' J.A. Happ to Yankees?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The 2018 MLB season could feature one of the most fierce pennant races between the Red Sox and Yankees in the history of these two storied franchises. Going into Tuesday's action, the clubs are tied for first place in the American League East. The..." June 19

  • Orioles Designate Pedro Alvarez

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Orioles have designated corner infielder Pedro Alvarez for assignment, per a club announcement. His roster spot will go to infielder Steve Wilkerson, whose contract was selected. Also coming up to the O’s is catcher Caleb Joseph, who was recalled from optional assignment...." June 19

  • Blue Jays plan to start Stroman in Angels series

    Sportsnet "Marcus Stroman is headed back to the Toronto Blue Jays. Stroman had been rehabbing a shoulder injury and was scheduled to make a start for the double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats on Monday, but his start was rained out. He instead threw a simulated game against some Fisher..." June 19

  • A trade isn’t the big move Mets should make with Jacob deGrom

    New York Post "Forget about trading Jacob deGrom. If the Mets really want to make a splash, they should extend deGrom as soon as possible and have him for the next five years. That is the move to make to bring stability to this fractured franchise. That is the move for the Wilpons to finally show..." June 19

  • Clayton Kershaw could start this weekend against Mets

    Hardball Talk "Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said starter Clayton Kershaw could come off of the 10-day disabled list to start this weekend against the Mets at Citi Field, Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports. Kershaw, 30, came off of the DL (from a biceps injury) to start against the..." June 19

  • Bryce Harper shaved his face before playing the Yankees and the conspiracy theorists went nuts

    CBS Sports "Bryce Harper's beard is no more.  The Washington Nationals outfielder showed up to the ballpark with a freshly shaved face on Monday. Normally, a player's facial hair (or lack thereof) wouldn't necessarily be newsworthy, but Harper's beard has..." June 19

  • Royals trade Herrera to Nats for 3 prospects

    MLB.com "The Royals continued their quest to restock the farm system as they traded closer Kelvin Herrera to the Nationals prior to Monday night's game against the Rangers. In exchange, the Royals acquired three Minor Leaguers: infielder Kelvin Gutierrez, who was ranked as..." June 19

  • White Sox midseason minors promotions coming, and Eloy Jimenez likely to jump to Triple A

    Chicago Tribune "White Sox top prospect Eloy Jimenez is likely to take another big step in his progress toward the majors this week. The Sox will announce their midseason minor-league promotions later this week after the Southern League, Carolina League and South Atlantic League All-Star Games are..." June 19

  • Angels 'very optimistic' about Ohtani's prognosis

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia was able to relay some good news Monday regarding sidelined two-way star Shohei Ohtani, who is dealing with a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. The Angels' medical staff is "very optimistic," about Ohtani's..." June 19

  • Mike Trout has no interest in Home Run Derby

    Larry Brown Sports "A Home Run Derby trophy is one of the only pieces of individual hardware that Mike Trout has yet to collect, but that may not change any time soon. Speaking with reporters on Monday, the Los Angeles Angels superstar said that he would not be participating in this year’s..." June 19

  • Trevor Bauer's 'tunneling' strategy aims to make Cleveland Indians pitcher more effective late in games

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "Trevor Bauer isn't trying to reinvent the wheel, but he is putting his own spin on a pitching strategy that aims to make him more effective as he gets deeper into each start for the Cleveland Indians. After pitching seven innings of shutout ball against Chicago on..." June 19

  • Rays Designate Rob Refsnyder

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have designated infielder/outfielder Rob Refsnyder for assignment, as Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times tweets. It seems that’s the roster move to enable the activation of center fielder Kevin Kiermaier. Refsnyder, 27, received a forty-game trial..." June 19

  • Dombrowski doesn't believe Red Sox match up for Machado trade

    The Score "After a number of blockbuster deals, there likely isn't enough prospect capital for the Boston Red Sox to trade for Manny Machado this summer. Despite Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski reportedly contacting the Orioles about the three-time All-Star's..." June 18

  • Astros Extend Jeff Luhnow Through 2023

    Houston Chronicle "The Astros have extended general manager Jeff Luhnow's contract until 2023 and promoted him to president of baseball operations. Luhnow joined owner Jim Crane at a news conference announcing the extension prior to Monday night's game at Minute Maid Park. Crane hired..." June 18

  • Clint Frazier voices frustration after spending majority of season at Triple-A

    ESPN "Clint Frazier feels fortunate to wear his New York Yankees uniform again for the next couple of days, but he was frank Monday when asked about his growing frustration with spending the bulk of the season at Triple-A. "It's in the back of your mind every time you turn the TV..." June 18

  • Report: Manny Machado may consider re-signing with one potential trade partner

    Larry Brown Sports "One potential factor in any Manny Machado trade is the fact that he’s poised to become a free agent at the end of the year, and any team trading for him may get a rental. Thus, any acquiring team would have to consider whether they think they can sign Machado to an extension before he..." June 18

  • Juan Soto's HR in Nationals' continued game to be recorded as pre-debut

    ESPN "Add time travel to the list of Juan Soto's accomplishments. On Monday, the Washington Nationals rookie crushed a pinch-hit homer against the New York Yankees in the continuation of a game that started May 15 -- five days before his big league debut. According to the..." June 18

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