• Aristides Aquino Is a Human Dinger Machine

    The Big Lead "Aristides Aquino hit his 11th career home run last night. He has played all of 16 games. No one in Major League Baseball history has set such a pace. No human can maintain such a pace. It’ll likely be sooner rather than later that the Cincinnati Reds outfielder cools off. But for now, we..." August 18

  • Photo Shows Ridiculous Amount of Damage Brett Gardner Has Done in Yankee Dugout

    12 Up "If you've watched a Yankees game where the team has fallen victim to a bad strike call, you've probably seen Brett Gardner losing his mind in the dugout. It seems the veteran outfielder has reached his boiling point with umpires' errant calls, and on multiple occasions this year,..." August 18

  • With Cubs reeling, Jon Lester comes up big and plays stopper

    NBC Sports Chicago "The last three games have been more than forgettable for the Cubs. From Wednesday’s 11-1 drubbing at the hands of the Phillies to back-to-back walk-off losses on Thursday and Friday, the Cubs’ current road trip has looked much like those that preceded it. At various times,..." August 18

  • Sean Doolittle, Davey Martinez will reconsider closer’s workload

    Masn "Sean Doolittle insisted before Saturday night’s game, he was good to pitch. As soon as he actually tried to pitch in the top of the ninth, he realized he didn’t have what he needed to be effective. “Tonight, man, I just didn’t have anything,” the..." August 18

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. day-to-day after MRI shows knee inflammation

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is listed as day-to-day with a knee issue but will not be placed on the 10-day injured list, according to Scott Mitchell of TSN. An MRI showed some inflammation in his left knee, but Guerrero assured "it's nothing..." August 18

  • Reds Place Joey Votto On IL

    Bleacher Report "Joey Votto's injury woes have cropped back up, as the Cincinnati Reds star was placed on the 10-day injured list Sunday with a back injury.  Votto missed an extended stretch last year for the first time since 2014. The 35-year-old was placed on the 10-day injury list on Aug...." August 18

  • Washington Nationals place Sean Doolittle on 10-Day IL with right knee tendinitis

    Federal Baseball "In Sean Doolittle’s last five appearances out of the bullpen, the 32-year-old closer has given up 13 hits, five of them home runs, and 10 earned runs total (22.50 ERA), with a fairly brutal .520./556/1.240 line against in four innings pitched in those appearances, culminating with last..." August 18

  • This stat shows us how ridiculous Mike Trout’s career has been

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout could ultimately go down as one of the top-five players in the history of Major League Baseball. What Trout has done while flying under the radar for a mediocre Angels team over the past nine seasons is already legendary. Still only 28 years..." August 18

  • Josh Hamilton regrets leaving Rangers to sign with Angels

    Lone Star Ball "With the Texas Rangers honoring Josh Hamilton tonight, a game in a season that doesn’t matter much felt like it mattered even less as the telecast was peppered with highlights from better times to make for a nostalgic feeling (Hamilton stopping to hug Nelson Cruz might be the closest we..." August 18

  • Field of Dreams: From outfield windows to camera angles, how MLB will create baseball magic in Iowa

    USA Today "James Earl Jones, playing the writer Terrance Mann, rises from the wooden bleachers in the final scenes of “Field of Dreams.” He implores the bankrupt Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) to keep his magical baseball field carved into a cornfield on the outskirts of..." August 18

  • Khris Davis Has Gone Powerless

    The Sports Daily "Khris Davis, the Athletics’ designated hitter, is commonly thought of as the most consistent year-to-year hitter in all of baseball. That reputation comes from the fun of repeating a .247 batting average for 4 consecutive seasons, and a very close .246 over the course of his career. Up..." August 18

  • Chris Sale to get 2nd opinion on injured elbow from Dr. James Andrews

    The Score "The Boston Red Sox's postseason hopes took a major hit on Saturday when the team announced left-hander Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, retroactive to Aug. 14. After striking out 12 against the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday, Sale felt..." August 18

  • Max Scherzer on track to return Thursday after simulated game

    Masn "Max Scherzer built his arm up this afternoon in his second simulated game of the week, throwing 64 pitches over four innings. And as long as he recovers well from this latest throwing session, the Nationals ace will be lined up to return to the rotation next week in..." August 18

  • Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Headed For MRI

    Yardbarker "Heralded Blue Jays rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was removed from today’s contest with the Mariners due to what the team has called “left knee discomfort”. “Vladito” exited the game after making a diving grab on a ground ball at third base in the top of the..." August 18

  • Dodgers' Julio Urias suspended 20 games for violating domestic violence policy

    The Score "Major League Baseball has suspended Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias for 20 games for violating the league's joint domestic violence, sexual assault, and child abuse policy, according to Ken Gurnick of MLB.com. Urias was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence after..." August 17

  • Mariners manager Scott Servais benches Mallex Smith for repeated mental mistakes

    Seattle Times "While manager Scott Servais has often maintained that he knows the televisions cameras will always find him after a mistake by one of his players and because of that he will always control his emotions, no matter how angry he may be, there are still little cracks to his stoic facade that can be..." August 17

  • Yankees’ Brett Gardner has to end his bat antics

    New York Post "There is a reason the Yankees keep bending and twisting their roster year to year to keep Brett Gardner on the team, even if he’s only 85 percent the player he used to be. From the start, he has been a teammate’s teammate, a pro’s pro, a guy other players look to for guidance..." August 17

  • Craig Kimbrel likely to return Sunday as Cubs could be starting to pull out of bullpen skid

    CBS Sports "The Cubs' bullpen had a rough week. On Thursday, it blew what was a 5-0 lead entering the eighth inning, culminating with Bryce Harper's walkoff grand slam for a Phillies sweep. Friday, the Cubs took a 2-1 lead in the eighth inning, but then Brandon Kintzler allowed a walkoff..." August 17

  • Cameron Maybin accuses umpire Ben May of instigating ejections

    Larry Brown Sports "Three New York Yankees were ejected during the sixth inning of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Indians, and one player who was somewhat involved believes the home plate umpire was looking for a reason to toss some players. Cameron Maybin was the batter who struck out looking..." August 17

  • Expect Blue Jays to be cautious with Vladimir Guerrero Jr. regardless of diagnosis

    Sportsnet "Expect the Toronto Blue Jays to be especially cautious with Vladimir Guerrero Jr., no matter what their evaluations of his left knee reveal. The discomfort that forced him from Saturday’s 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners isn’t his first incident in the joint, as a strained left..." August 17

  • Carlos Carrasco Set For Rehab Assignment, Likely To Return As Reliever

    MLB Trade Rumors "Indians righty Carlos Carrasco, out since late May after being diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia, is set to appear in a rehab game for AA-Akron on Monday, per The Athletic’s Zack Meisel. Carrasco will be limited to just an inning in preparation for a bullpen role upon return, per..." August 17

  • Red Sox Place Chris Sale On 10-Day IL With Elbow Inflammation

    Yahoo! Sports "The Boston Red Sox were already struggling to stay afloat in the American League playoff race. Saturday’s news probably won’t be a buoy for them. Red Sox ace Chris Sale was placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, dreaded words for any pitcher. " August 17

  • No, Baseball Does Not Need a Mercy Rule

    The Big Lead "The most shocking aspect of professional baseball’s war against the “time of game” stat is the idea that MLB teams want to get fans out of the stadium as quickly as possible. After all, those $12.50 Coors Lights aren’t paying for themselves, no? This prevalent issue took..." August 17

  • Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. pulled from game vs. Mariners

    Sportsnet "Toronto Blue Jays star Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was pulled from Saturday’s game against the Seattle Mariners due to left knee discomfort. Brandon Drury took over for Guerrero Jr. at third base in the top of the third inning. " August 17

  • Edwin Diaz isn't being put in positions to succeed

    The Sports Daily "The New York Mets have to get Edwin Diaz right if they have any hope of making something happen down the stretch, but they aren’t exactly doing a good job of fixing their broken closer. Diaz was asked to handle an impossible situation last night, entering down a run with the bases loaded..." August 17

  • The One MLB Team That Could Threaten Inevitable Yankees-Astros Collision Course

    Bleacher Report "There are several points in every baseball season where it's time to take stock of the races—find out who's who and what's what in both the divisional and wild-card battles. Even with seven weeks to go until the playoffs, it's not too early to ask if the..." August 17

  • Jake Arrieta To Undergo Season-Ending Surgery

    12 Up "Talk about a blow to your rotation. On Saturday, the Philadelphia Phillies announced that veteran right-handed pitcher Jake Arrieta will undergo season-ending surgery to remove a bone spur in his right elbow. While this was expected, it still hurts Philly. Philadelphia does..." August 17

  • David Robertson Undergoes Tommy John Surgery

    Sportsnaut "Just months after being one of the top relievers in free agency, Philadelphia Phillies reliever David Robertson will be sidelined for 2020 season following Tommy John surgery. Robertson underwent TJS on Thursday after dealing with forearm issues throughout the 2019 season. He’s..." August 17

  • Mariano Rivera Says 'It's Time for Another Championship' for Yankees

    Bleacher Report "If things play out the way Mariano Rivera hopes, he will no longer have the distinction of being the pitcher who was on the mound for the last out of the New York Yankees' most recent World Series victory. Speaking to reporters at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, Rivera said the 2019..." August 17

  • Giants appear to be equipped for changing MLB

    NBC Sports Bay Area "This April, a veteran Giant called a reporter over to his locker and held two baseballs up. One was from 2018 and one was from a start a few days earlier. It was clear then that the balls had changed, and over the summer it has gotten even worse.  When Mike Yastrzemski hit his..." August 17

  • Dodgers’ Max Muncy not viewing Braves as rival

    Larry Brown Sports "The Atlanta Braves have developed into one of the National League’s better teams, and they’re clearly out to challenge the Los Angeles Dodgers for league supremacy. The two teams even have some playoff history, having met in the postseason last year. Despite that, Dodgers..." August 17

  • Aaron Boone open to mercy rule in MLB blowouts

    WFAN Sports Radio "Thursday night the Yankees lost to the Indians 19-5. Mike Ford, a first baseman/designated hitter, pitched the final two innings for the Yankees. While I was driving into work Friday afternoon, one idea was still stuck in my head: Why did they have to play the last two innings..." August 17

  • Cubs terrible road record could cost them a postseason berth

    CBS Sports "The Cubs lost their fourth straight game Friday, also marking losses in six of their last seven games. It shouldn't come as much of a shock to anyone paying attention, though, because there is a simple explanation: They were on the road.  The Cubs are now 23-39 on the road..." August 17

  • Cubs bring back Addison Russell, send Albert Almora to minors

    Sporting News "The Cubs shuffled the deck again Friday as they continue to grapple for consistency. Chicago recalled Addison Russell from his exile to Triple-A and sent underperforming outfielder Albert Almora down to Iowa. The Cubs also activated reliever Brandon Kintzler from the injured list and..." August 17

  • Yasiel Puig: “I don’t know why people run on me”

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "In the NFL teams pray for a lockdown cornerback who can stop any receiver at any time. Can the same terminology, with a tweak here or there, apply to baseball? If so, the Indians have a lockdown right fielder in Yasiel Puig. He’s a third base coach’s worst nightmare. A..." August 17

  • Those prospects the Mets dealt in the Robinson Cano-Edwin Diaz deal? They're thriving for Seattle

    ESPN "Maybe Mets fans can take solace in the idea that perhaps Justin Dunn was never destined to pitch for their team anyway. Dunn grew up in Freeport, Long Island, 23 miles from Citi Field and attended games as a kid there and at old Shea Stadium. When the Mets drafted Dunn in the first round out of..." August 17

  • Carlos Carrasco takes big step vs. Minor League hitters

    MLB.com "Carlos Carrasco took an important step Friday, throwing live batting practice for the first time since he was diagnosed with leukemia in early June. Carrasco threw 25 pitches to hitters from the club's Class A Lake County affiliate, advancing beyond the bullpen sessions he's..." August 17

  • Rick Porcello's Red Sox career is likely winding down, so let's salute what he has meant to the team

    NBC Sports Boston "Let's just get this out of the way -- under no circumstances should the Red Sox make Rick Porcello a qualifying offer. He'd be crazy not to sign the one-year, $18 million tender on the spot, in his own blood if he has to, and the team desperately needs to upgrade his spot in..." August 17

  • Twins' Ian Krol and Cubs, Braves and Mariners Minor Leaguers Suspended for Drug Policy Violations

    12 Up "On Friday, several minor league players were officially suspended by Major League Baseball for violating the league's PED policy. Three players, including Chicago Cubs minor league pitcher Marcos Encarnacion, Atlanta Braves minor league pitcher Luis Diaz, and Seattle Mariners..." August 17

  • Padres star rookie Fernando Tatis Jr. will 'most likely' miss rest of year with back injury

    CBS Sports "San Diego Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. is heading to the injured list with a back strain, and the rookie phenom is likely done for the season, San Diego Union-Tribune's Kevin Acee reports. Tatis was struggling with back spasms earlier this week, and it turns out that the injury is..." August 17

  • Amed Rosario continues to shine for the New York Mets

    The Sports Daily "The biggest star of the New York Mets’ big win last night was Pete Alonso, who had a career night. Alonso had five hits, including a big three run homer, and drove in six runs to help the Mets top the Atlanta Braves 10-8. Lost in the shuffle of Alonso’s brilliance was the fact that..." August 17

  • Dodgers set MLB home run record over five-game span

    USA Today "The Los Angeles Dodgers' home run barrage continues.  MVP candidate Cody Bellinger slugged his major league-leading 41st home run -- his fourth in the past five games -- in the Dodgers' 8-3 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday nigth.   Max Muncy and Justin..." August 17

  • Aristides Aquino becomes fastest player to 10 home runs in MLB history

    Yahoo! Sports "The legend of Aristides Aquino continues to grow. The Cincinnati Reds rookie outfielder has been a home run-hitting and record-setting machine since his call up on Aug. 1. On Friday, he added yet another record to his collection. With his sixth-inning two-run home run..." August 17

  • Pirates' Bryan Reynolds is an overlooked rookie standout — and that's probably not changing

    Sporting News "Not much has gone right for the Pirates or their fans since the All-Star break. The club is just 6-25 since the second half started - easily the worst record in the bigs in that stretch - and the only trade deadline of the season passed without any significant deals bringing back..." August 17

  • A Minor Signing Pays Off For Giants

    MLB Trade Rumors "Giants infielder Donovan Solano has somewhat quietly held his own since the team selected his contract from Triple-A Sacramento on May 7. Dating back to then, Solano has slashed .331/.363/.471 (119 wRC+) with four home runs across 168 plate appearances. Not bad for someone who had to settle for..." August 17

  • Cautious Nats won't start Max Scherzer over weekend

    ESPN "The return of Max Scherzer will have to wait. The Washington Nationals announced their starting rotation for this weekend, and Scherzer was not a part of it. After throwing a simulated game earlier this week, there was speculation that Scherzer might be activated for his team's..." August 17

  • Padres phenom Fernando Tatis Jr. heads to IL with back injury

    The Score "The San Diego Padres placed shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. on the 10-day injured list with a stress reaction in his lower back, the team announced Friday. The move is retroactive to Aug. 14. Tatis was forced out of Tuesday’s game against the Tampa Bay..." August 16

  • Billy Hamilton Designated for Assignment by Royals

    ESPN "Center fielder Billy Hamilton, signed during the offseason to give the Kansas City Royals yet another speedster, has been designated for assignment, the team announced Friday. Hamilton hit .211 with 12 doubles, 2 triples and 12 RBIs in 275 at-bats to go along with 18..." August 16

  • Former MLB MVP Josh Hamilton: Holy Spirit talked to me before World Series homer

    USA Today "In a piece published at The Players Tribune, 2010 American League MVP Josh Hamilton says he heard "the Holy Spirit" talking to him before hitting a home run in Game 6 of the 2011 World Series. "We’re in that deciding game, and suddenly I’m in the..." August 16

  • Braves Considering Signing Adeiny Hechavarria

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves are contemplating a move to sign veteran shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter). Hechavarria evidently cleared release waivers earlier this afternoon. It’s not surprising that Hechavarria was not claimed. He was earning..." August 16