• Has David Price become the American League's most important player?

    WEEI Boston "We knew this was a possibility. It has never been a mystery David Price that could very well be a chief element in whether or not the Red Sox accomplish their goals in 2018. That reality was surfaced with Price as early as spring training, to which the pitcher gleefully..." May 24

  • Shohei Ohtani no longer facing Masahiro Tanaka on Sunday at Yankee Stadium

    Hardball Talk "Shohei Ohtani has essentially become the Angels’ designated Sunday starting pitcher, but Angels manager Mike Scioscia announced Thursday morning that the 23-year-old two-way Japanese star will be skipped in the rotation this weekend at Yankee Stadium for “workload..." May 24

  • Twins activate Miguel Sano from DL

    ESPN "The Minnesota Twins reinstated third baseman Miguel Sano from the disabled list Thursday. He has missed the Twins' past 24 games with a left hamstring strain. During a five-game rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Rochester, he hit .375 with two..." May 24

  • Yankees ‘dodged a bullet’ with Gary Sanchez’s calf issue

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez texted Aaron Boone on Wednesday morning and told the Yankees manager the cramps in his right calf that forced him out of Tuesday night’s game had vanished to the point the catcher said he wanted to face the Rangers in the finale of a three-game series. With Thursday..." May 24

  • Angel Hernandez once again shows why he's a bad major league umpire

    Sporting News "And Angel Hernandez wonders why he isn't an umpiring crew chief or works playoff games. Hernandez was at his worst Tuesday night while calling balls and strikes for the Diamondbacks-Brewers game in Milwaukee. In particular, the veteran arbiter badly missed a pitch in the ninth..." May 24

  • Could Sergio Romo be looking at pitching 3 straight games?

    Tampa Bay Times "The Rays' pitching rotation for the weekend series against the Orioles could have a familiar look: Romo, Romo, Romo. Manager Kevin Cash said using veteran right-handed reliever Sergio Romo as the "opener" in all three upcoming games against the righty-heavy Orioles was a..." May 24

  • Reports: White Sox's Welington Castillo to be suspended for PED use

    USA Today "Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will reportedly be suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use. The news was first reported by a Dominican Republic journalist on Twitter and later confirmed by The Athletic. The announcement is..." May 24

  • Mariners agree to a new 25-year lease to stay at Safeco Field

    Seattle Times "Not that there was any doubt, but the Mariners will stay in Seattle at Safeco Field, or whatever its new name will be in 2019, for many years to come. With the original 20-year ballpark lease expiring at the end of 2018, the Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public..." May 24

  • Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinez don’t have any interest in participating in the Home Run Derby, either

    Hardball Talk "Earlier, Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge more or less cemented what we already knew: that he doesn’t have any interest in defending his Home Run Derby title in July when the All-Star festivities are held at Nationals Park. It sounds like Red Sox outfielders Mookie..." May 24

  • Marcell Ozuna oversleeps, arrives late, forces Cardinals to remove him from lineup

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals left fielder Marcell Ozuna, the team's cleanup hitter and a pivotal part of the offense, overslept Wednesday morning and did not arrive at the ballpark until after the game had started and he had already been scratched, punitively, from the lineup. Ozuna was apologetic..." May 24

  • Dustin Pedroia’s return may be delayed

    Boston Herald "A wet field in Pawtucket Tuesday night means that Dustin Pedroia’s Fenway Park debut this season could take place on Saturday rather than Friday. The Red Sox want him to play in back-to-back games before debuting, and the plan was for those games to take place Tuesday and..." May 24

  • Rangers To Select Austin Bibens-Dirkx

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced tonight that they’ll select the contract of right-hander Austin Bibens-Dirkx from Triple-A Round Rock, and he’ll start Thursday’s game against the Royals. Texas has an open spot on the 40-man roster, so they’ll only need to make a 25-man..." May 24

  • Former NY Met Josh Edgin signs minor-league deal with rival Washington Nationals

    North Jersey "Former Mets bullpen fixture Josh Edgin joined the rival Washington Nationals late Wednesday by signing a minor-league deal, according to MLB.com's transactions page. Edgin, 31, played his whole career with the Mets, totaling a 3.49 ERA in 129 innings from 2012 to..." May 24

  • Jay Bruce gritted teeth on bench for Jose Bautista’s Mets debut

    New York Post "When Jose Bautista landed at La Guardia Airport on Tuesday less than an hour before first pitch and was promptly placed into the Mets’ lineup by 6:45 p.m., it came at Jay Bruce’s expense. Bruce said the staff gave him “as much [of a heads up] as they..." May 24

  • Former MLB outfielder Lenny Dykstra arrested with drugs after alleged threat to Uber driver

    CBS Philly "Former Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Lenny Dykstra was arrested in New Jersey early Wednesday morning for allegedly threatening an Uber driver. Linden police say the 47-year-old Uber driver pulled up outside police headquarters, beeping his horn repeatedly around 3:30..." May 23

  • Alex Cora says Red Sox will not demote Jackie Bradley Jr.

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox do not intend to demote outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. despite his struggles, according to manager Alex Cora. With second baseman Dustin Pedroia nearing a return from injury, speculation has grown that Bradley could be demoted to AAA to clear a roster spot. Cora said..." May 23

  • At what price, Manny Machado? Sorry, Phillies. It's infinity and beyond!

    Philly.com "Back in the olden days, when people used to do things like ring doorbells and read magazines, there was a magazine company that was known for ringing people’s doorbells and giving them a million bucks. I’m not really sure of the particulars, not because I forget them, but because..." May 23

  • Khris Davis diagnosed with Grade 1 right groin strain

    Hardball Talk "Athletics slugger Khris Davis injured his right groin in Sunday’s series finale against the Blue Jays and an MRI taken Tuesday revealed a Grade 1 strain, per Steve Kroner of the San Francisco Chronicle. He is expected to be placed on the disabled list ahead of Wednesday..." May 23

  • Astros To Place Josh Reddick On DL, Recall Jake Marisnick

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros will place outfielder Josh Reddick on the 10-day DL to address a leg infection, per MLB.com’s Brian McTaggart (via Twitter). Houston will recall fellow outfielder Jake Marisnick to take the open roster spot. Reddick last appeared in a game on..." May 23

  • Trevor Bauer lashes out at 9/11 conspiracy theorist accusations

    Sporting News "Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer created a buzz Tuesday after digging with his cleats what appeared to be "BD 911" into the mound before earning a win over the Cubs, but he was quick to respond to the controversy that took social media by storm.  Many watching the game..." May 23

  • Miguel Cabrera, ex-mistress have trial set for Nov. 5-7

    Detroit News "Tigers superstar Miguel Cabrera and his former mistress appear headed for trial over child-support payments, after two lengthy mediation sessions failed to produce a resolution in court proceedings that are at 10 months and counting. Judge Alan S. Apte of the Ninth Circuit Court of..." May 23

  • Kris Bryant on Cubs: ‘We’re pretty average right now’

    Chicago Sun-Times "Even with the Cleveland Indians at Wrigley Field for the first time since that historic October, it took some serious self-delusion Tuesday night to imagine any semblance of World Series baseball. Cubs starter Tyler Chatwood regressed to six-walk form after a promising effort in his..." May 23

  • Brewers fighting Yankees for available starting pitching?

    Newark Star-Ledger "When the 2018 MLB trade deadline arrives, the Yankees will likely be very aggressive in pursuit of a big-time arm. Whether that's San Francisco's Madison Bumgarner, Texas' Cole Hamels, Tampa Bay's Chris Archer or..." May 23

  • Aaron Judge shuts down Home Run Derby talk: Can’t force me

    New York Post "Don’t look for Aaron Judge in the Home Run Derby during the All-Star break in July. In March, the Yankees right fielder said he was leaning toward not defending the title he won a year ago. Tuesday, before the Yankees faced the Rangers at Globe Life Park, Judge told..." May 23

  • Dustin Pedroia heading for Friday return

    Boston Herald "Friday night looks like the time to get a first look at Dustin Pedroia this season. Pending the weather, Pedroia was scheduled for his last test in his rehab assignment with Pawtucket, back-to-back seven-inning stints. No further challenges are expected, but out of..." May 23

  • Sources: Red Sox asking a lot for Blake Swihart

    NBC Sports Boston "The Red Sox are listening to trade offers for Blake Swihart. They are not willing to part with the benchwarmer for a small cost. People familiar with some trade discussions described the Red Sox’ asking price as unreasonable for a player who isn’t playing and may be an odd..." May 23

  • Detroit Tigers optimistic Matthew Boyd (oblique) will make next start

    Detroit Free Press "The last thing the Detroit Tigers needed was an injury to Matthew Boyd, their most dependable starting pitcher this season. But there was Boyd, in the bottom of the fifth inning on Tuesday, walking off the mound with head trainer Doug Teter with an apparent injury...." May 23

  • Gary Sanchez may miss a game after exiting with right calf cramp

    New York Post "Gary Sanchez didn’t commit to being able to play Wednesday night after leaving Tuesday’s game with a cramp in his right calf. “I feel good but I want to see how I feel [Wednesday],’’ said Sanchez, who left the 6-4 loss in the sixth inning after..." May 23

  • A Carlos Santana error hurts Phillies again

    Philly.com "First place will have to wait. Teams don’t pop champagne for reaching first place in May, but it would have been a nice victory for the young Phillies on Tuesday night if they were able to advance past the Braves in the standings. Gabe Kapler said before the 3-1 loss that..." May 23

  • Cubs' Tyler Chatwood destined for an adjustment in mechanics: 'I'm fighting myself'

    Chicago Tribune "Tyler Chatwood pitched well enough in high school to become a second-round pick in the 2008 draft, and his talents in six seasons with the Angels and Rockies were enough to convince the Cubs to sign him to a three-year, $38 million contract. But it might be too late to..." May 23

  • Greg Bird closer to return, but Aaron Boone sees role for Tyler Austin

    Newsday "Aaron Boone bumped up Greg Bird’s timetable just a tad, saying the first baseman possibly could return “sometime this weekend.” But Boone didn’t say Bird, currently rehabbing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, would immediately resume everyday duties at..." May 23

  • Chris Davis' $161M Megadeal Has Spiraled into MLB's Worst Contract Bust

    Bleacher Report "It's unfair to pin the Baltimore Orioles' demise entirely on Chris Davis. He hasn't pitched since 2012, after all, so he has nothing to do with the 5.02 ERA at the heart of their 15-32 record. But when a team signs a guy to a seven-year, $161 million contract, it..." May 23

  • Manager Bob Melvin hopeful as A’s slugger Khris Davis undergoes MRI

    San Jose Mercury News "A’s slugger Khris Davis underwent an MRI exam for a groin strain on Tuesday afternoon before the team opened its homestand against the Mariners, and manager Bob Melvin didn’t want to consider the worst-case scenario. “Losing Khris Davis would be a tough one for..." May 23

  • Cubs' Maddon doesn't think relievers being used as starters will stick

    The Score "The Tampa Bay Rays did things a little differently over the weekend, using 35-year-old relief pitcher Sergio Romo to start back-to-back games in lieu of a regular starting pitcher. The first instance was seen as a way to better take advantage of matchups against..." May 23

  • Gerrit Cole 'not terribly disappointed' about brother-in-law Brandon Crawford taking him deep

    Sporting News "  Gerrit Cole came out ahead in his showdown with the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday, but he lost an individual battle to a familiar foe. The only runs Cole allowed in his six innings of work came off the bat of San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford, whose sister..." May 23

  • This feels like the end for Jose Reyes and the Mets

    New York Post "Jose Reyes was once among baseball’s most electrifying players, but that era has long disappeared, replaced by the wonder if he can just avoid being a liability for the Mets. The veteran infielder’s days with the team have never appeared more numbered. Reyes isn’t..." May 23

  • Jose Bautista signs with Mets, batting 5th

    MLB.com "Lacking right-handed power with Yoenis Cespedes and Todd Frazier on the disabled list, the Mets on Tuesday signed six-time All-Star Jose Bautista to a one-year Major League contract. The team immediately activated Bautista and slotted him into the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against..." May 22

  • Angels' Zack Cozart wary of teams' motives starting relievers

    Orange County Register "Two days after Zack Cozart said that the practice of using a reliever to start a game was bad for baseball, the Angels third baseman expanded on his thoughts. To be more precise, he said it’s bad for pitchers’ bank accounts. “I feel like teams have an..." May 22

  • Why are the Mets keeping Jose Reyes around?

    Hardball Talk "Mets infielder Jose Reyes has had by far his worst season to date, entering Tuesday’s action batting .132/.179/.189. He didn’t record his first hit until April 21, a span of 21 plate appearances. Things haven’t improved much since then. He has exactly two hits in the month of..." May 22

  • Shohei Ohtani, Masahiro Tanaka to face each other on Sunday

    Larry Brown Sports "Sunday’s game between the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels in the Bronx will feature an interesting matchup. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed on Tuesday that Masahiro Tanaka will pitch on Sunday. That means he will be going up against the Shohei Ohtani, who starts on..." May 22

  • Twins Acquire Chris Carter

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have acquired first baseman Chris Carter from the Angels, as reported by Steve Klauke, radio broadcaster for the Angels’ Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City.  Chris Carter will report to the Twins’ Triple-A affiliate in Rochester, as per Nate Rowan from the Rochester..." May 22

  • Manny Machado swarmed by reporters amid rampant trade rumors

    Sportsnaut "Even before Baltimore Orioles shortstop Manny Machado arrived at Guaranteed Rate Field, he knew what to expect. With both the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs mentioned as fits for this summer’s most desirable trade candidate, he was surrounded by media members covering both..." May 22

  • Rangers GM puts onus on players, not coaches, for early struggles

    ESPN "As the Texas Rangers continue to fall off the pace in the American League West, president and general manager Jon Daniels isn't looking to place the blame on his coaching staff. "When we took the approach we took this offseason -- and on top of that you've got the number..." May 22

  • Carlos Gomez blasts MLB drug testing policy: ‘It’s not random’

    Sportress of Blogitude "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez put Major League Baseball’s drug testing policy on blast during an appearance this week on Yahoo Sports’ “MLB Podcast.” Perhaps most alarming about Gomez’s comments is his claim he’s been tested between five..." May 22

  • Cole Hamels or Michael Fulmer: Who is a better fit for Yankees?

    SNY TV "The Yankees continue to roll, but it remains clear that a rotation upgrade could be the difference between dominating the regular season and passing the Houston Astros to win the American League pennant. Two of the their most appealing options, Texas' Cole Hamels and..." May 22

  • Mariners Place Dee Gordon On 10-Day DL With Fractured Toe

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mariners announced today that outfielder/infielder Dee Gordon has been placed on the 10-day DL with a fractured big toe. He’ll be replaced on the active roster for the time being by first baseman Dan Vogelbach. This is the latest bit of unwelcome news for a..." May 22

  • It is extremely rare for young players to be doing what Gleyber Torres and Ozzie Albies are doing

    CBS Sports "Here's what 21-year-old Yankees infielder Gleyber Torres did on Monday night against the Rangers ...  Torres on the season is now thumping along at .321/.389/.571 (154 OPS+) with six homers in 25 games.  Speaking of youthful producers, Braves second baseman..." May 22

  • Tigers may have interest in Phil Hughes

    Larry Brown Sports "Phil Hughes looked like he had the potential to be one of the best pitchers in baseball early in his career with the New York Yankees, but he has basically had a rough go at it ever since. Still, at least one team may be willing to take a chance on the right-hander. On Monday, the..." May 22

  • Rays calling up infield prospect Willy Adames

    ESPN "The Tampa Bay Rays are set to promote top shortstop prospect Willy Adames, a source tells ESPN's Enrique Rojas. The Rays, who have not yet announced the move, host the Boston Red Sox in the opener of a three-game series Tuesday. " May 22

  • Are the Dodgers going to trade for Jose Abreu?

    Los Angeles Times "Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. My name is Houston Mitchell. In the Star Wars universe, the Dodgers' sweep of the Nationals would be titled, "A New Hope." Any trades on the horizon? I know the Dodgers swept the Nationals, and looked a..." May 22