• Reds pitcher on unwritten rules: 'Baseball players couldn’t survive playing another sport'

    USA Today "After yet another benches-clearing incident over a perceived slight, the baseball world is divided in the battle over the game's "unwritten rules." On Wednesday, White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson was drilled by Royals pitcher Brad Keller after he tossed his bat to..." April 18

  • Khris Davis agrees to two-year extension with A's, taking another impending free agent off the market

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Athletics announced Thursday that they’ve extended designated hitter/outfielder Khris Davis through the 2021 season. Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports (via Twitter) that Davis will earn $16.75MM in each new year of the contract, bringing the total to $33.5MM. Davis,..." April 18

  • Blue Jays says Vladimir Guerrero Jr. could be up any day now

    Sportsnaut "The long-awaited MLB debut of one Vladimir Guerrero Jr. might happen here within the next several days. That’s the word from Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo, who also used some caution when making said proclamation. On the injured list to start the season,..." April 18

  • Dallas Keuchel open to one-year deal for 2019 with multiple landing spots in play

    CBS Sports "Former Astros left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned here on April 18. Several teams that expect to contend this season definitely having room in the rotation for someone who could be a stabilizing force. We sometimes go weeks without hearing a Keuchel rumor,..." April 18

  • Jake Arrieta 'taking the lead' of Phillies' rotation, imparting some wisdom to Nick Pivetta

    NBC Sports Philadelphia "This is the guy the Phillies paid $75 million for. Jake Arrieta has been awesome in his first four starts, resembling more of the pitcher from 2014-16 than the last two seasons. Again on Wednesday afternoon, he kept the ball low, generating groundball after groundball, tapper after..." April 18

  • David Price offers vague reason for why he won’t visit White House

    Larry Brown Sports "Several Boston Red Sox players have said they will not attend the White House next month when the team visits to be honored for winning the World Series, and David Price is the latest. The reason behind his decision, however, is a bit unclear. Price, who finally proved his worth to..." April 18

  • David Price Wonders If Red Sox Stars Will Be Traded Should Struggles Continue

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox just can’t seem to get it going. After suffering a two-game sweep at the hands of the rival New York Yankees, the Red Sox sit at 6-13 on the season, which currently serves as the worst record in the American League. Alex Cora and his team have..." April 18

  • MLB’s juiced baseball is juicing Triple-A home run totals too

    Hardball Talk "There has been considerable evidence amassed over the past year or two that the baseball used by Major League Baseball has a lower aerodynamic profile, leading to less drag, which leads directly to more home runs. If you doubted that at all, get a load of what is happening in Triple-A right..." April 18

  • Report: Craig Kimbrel open to three-year deal

    Larry Brown Sports "Craig Kimbrel appears to be adjusting his salary expectations now that the MLB season is well underway and he remains a free agent. At one point during the offseason, Kimbrel was reportedly seeking a five-year contract and as much as $100 million. While he’s one of the best..." April 18

  • Noah Syndergaard on alleged substance: Balls felt like ice

    New York Post "Noah Syndergaard is well aware of the video that went viral in recent days of him pressing his fingers into his glove for an apparent substance before throwing a pitch. But the Mets right-hander denies there was anything nefarious about his actions. “If I..." April 18

  • Why Mike Rizzo is optimistic he'll get a deal done with Anthony Rendon

    NBC Sports Washington "Nationals manager Mike Rizzo is hopeful that Anthony Rendon will be staying in Washington and that a deal can be done before Rendon becomes a free agent following the 2019 season. Rizzo joined The Junkies Wednesday morning, one day after NBC Sports Washington's Todd..." April 18

  • MLB rumors: Craig Kimbrel to NL East, but not Phillies or Mets?

    Newark Star-Ledger "MLB Network’s Jon Heyman reports Craig Kimbrel is open to the idea of signing a three-year contract. Heyman lists the Braves, Nationals, Phillies and Brewers as potential landing spots.

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  • Alex Cora believes Mookie Betts is very close to snapping out of slump

    Boston Herald "Mookie Betts is beginning his season in an offensive slump almost as concerning as the Red Sox’ overall start. But manager Alex Cora is not about to do anything drastic. “Hit him eighth? No, I’m not hitting him eighth,” Cora said before..." April 18

  • Struggling Joey Votto confident he can turn it around: 'It's just not over'

    The Score "Joey Votto hasn't looked like himself through 17 games. The Cincinnati Reds veteran first baseman has been one of the most historically reliable on-base machines throughout his 13-year career. So far, however, he's hitting .228/.323/.386 with one home run and..." April 18

  • Tim Anderson, Randal Grichuk clash on Twitter hours after White Sox infielder's ejection

    Sporting News "The controversy began with a home run and a bat toss from White Sox infielder Tim Anderson. It grew into a testy Twitter exchange hours later between Anderson and Blue Jays outfielder Randal Grichuk. Let's start with that beginning - the fourth inning blast from Anderson that he..." April 18

  • Lucas Giolito goes on injured list, White Sox recall Carson Fulmer, Ryan Cordell

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox put right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring and recalled outfielder Ryan Cordell and right-hander Carson Fulmer from Class AAA Charlotte Thursday morning. Giolito (2-1, 5.30) suffered the injury, which he called a..." April 18

  • From inflammation to lat muscle strain, Luis Severino’s worsening diagnosis remains a mystery

    New York Daily News "Luis Severino is convinced that he suffered the strained lat muscle the same day he was shut down before his first scheduled spring training start. The Yankees’ injured ace was in the Bronx before Wednesday’s series-finale against the Red Sox and said that despite the fact the..." April 18

  • For Dodgers’ Rich Hill, no taking it easy in a rehab stint

    Orange County Register "Lake Elsinore’s leadoff man put Rich Hill and his left knee to the test almost immediately Wednesday night. On the fourth pitch, Storm left fielder Robbie Podorsky dropped a bunt down the third base line. Dodgers fans who made the trek to The Diamond might have cringed a little..." April 18

  • Gary Sanchez’s Yankees return date coming into focus

    New York Post "If the Yankees believe Gary Sanchez is completely healed from his strained left calf by Sunday, the catcher is prepared to jump off the injured list and play that afternoon against the Royals. “Think the last day is Saturday for me on injured list,’’ said Sanchez,..." April 18

  • Phillies’ attendance has skyrocketed

    Hardball Talk "Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY Sports noted on Wednesday afternoon that the Phillies’ attendance is up almost 12,000 fans per game on average this season compared to last year. That is indeed true as Baseball Reference shows. Another 39,861 fans showed up to today’s series..." April 18

  • Yankees’ Clint Frazier is starting to live up to all that boasting

    New York Post "Clint Frazier was the coming attraction to a blockbuster trade that never really arrived. The word of mouth was strong and there were, in Yankees manager Aaron Boone’s words, “glimpses” of Frazier’s skill set — notably his bat speed — that so intrigued and..." April 18

  • MLB's best team getting no love from the home fans

    Sportsnaut "The Tampa Bay Rays have baseball’s best record. But judging by their home attendance, the local fans may not be aware of what’s going on. Juan Toribio of MLB.com reported that the Rays drew just over 9,000 fans for Wednesday’s game against the Baltimore..." April 18

  • Dustin Pedroia felt ‘something weird’ in knee on swing

    Larry Brown Sports "Dustin Pedroia left Wednesday’s Boston Red Sox-New York Yankees game in the second inning after hurting his knee in an at-bat, and he provided some context afterwards. Pedroia flew out to right field in the top of the second and was replaced by Eduardo Nunez in the bottom half..." April 18

  • After another rough outing, Corbin Burnes could be headed for timeout from the Brewers rotation

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel "Craig Counsell did not guarantee Corbin Burnes another start. Asked if the struggling young right-hander would remain in the rotation after another rough outing Wednesday against St. Louis, the Milwaukee Brewers manager did not say yes. “I think we’re going to..." April 18

  • It’s getting really ugly for Matt Harvey

    New York Post "Viewed one way, Matt Harvey threw four pretty solid innings. Viewed as anyone outside the Angels would, Harvey had another bad night. The former Mets star still has not quite gotten off the mat, letting up five runs (four earned) on five hits and one walk in 4 1/3 innings in a 5-4..." April 18

  • After spring training setbacks, Alex Wood not expected to rejoin Cincinnati Reds until May

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Joining the Reds in Los Angeles to visit with teammates and check in with the training staff, injured pitcher Alex Wood joked with catcher Tucker Barnhart that he needed to drink a Red Bull before Monday’s game. He wasn’t used to staying up late while rehabbing in..." April 18

  • Astros GM hopes to see an MLB team in Mexico

    ESPN "With Major League Baseball set to play another regular-season series in Monterrey, Mexico, next month, the general manager of one of the teams involved says he hopes the scheduling of games there not only becomes a permanent fixture but also includes a franchise south of the border whenever the..." April 17

  • David Price: 'No one should have an off day' on Jackie Robinson Day

    USA Today "Red Sox pitcher David Price took to Twitter on Wednesday to express his displeasure that Major League Baseball didn't have a full of slate of games for Jackie Robinson Day on Monday. Only 20 of the league's 30 teams were in action on April 15, the annual celebration of..." April 17

  • Rangers Sign Jen-Ho Tseng To Minor League Deal

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rangers announced Wednesday that they’ve signed right-hander Jen-Ho Tseng to a minor league contract. The former Cubs righty, who was designated for assignment released recently, will head to extended Spring Training begin a throwing program, per Rangers executive vice president of..." April 17

  • Here’s a crazy Joey Votto stat you won’t believe

    Sportsnaut "Former National League MVP Joey Votto is known as one of the most disciplined hitters in the game. The Cincinnati Reds’ first baseman has posted a .300-plus average nine times in his 12-year career. He’s also walked 100-plus times in six different seasons. What Votto had..." April 17

  • Mets, Phillies reportedly interested in trading for Rangers starter Mike Minor

    Philly Voice "The Phillies could use some pitching help, especially in the starting rotation — the team pretty much made that clear earlier on Wednesday when they optioned Nick Pivetta to the minors and added Jerad Eickhoff to their rotation.  And while the Phillies are looking..." April 17

  • Alex Cora thinks we could see the ‘real Chris Sale’ in next start

    Larry Brown Sports "Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale was roughed up yet again on Tuesday night, this time in an 8-0 blowout loss to the division rival New York Yankees. The left-hander has lost all four of his starts this season and has looked horrible out of the gate, but his manager thinks he is ready to turn a..." April 17

  • Brad Miller elects free agency

    Yardbarker "The Indians announced today that infielder Brad Miller has elected free agency after clearing waivers. Recently designated for assignment, Miller had expressed some frustration with the organization’s decision and preferred not to take a spot at Triple-A. This move puts an..." April 17

  • Lindor having ankle reassessed after rehab finale

    ESPN "Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor will appear in another minor league rehab game Thursday before rejoining Cleveland on Friday, at which point the team will reassess his ailing left ankle and determine whether he's ready to be activated off the injured list. Lindor began his..." April 17

  • Nationals' Martinez felt disrespected by umpire in loss to Giants

    Masn "As their game wore on against the Giants Tuesday night, Nationals hitters became increasingly frustrated with home plate umpire Tony Randazzo’s strike zone. Randazzo rung up four Nats hitters with called third strikes, including back-to-back called third strikes on Brian Dozier..." April 17

  • Arodys Vizcaino Undergoes Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have announced that closer Arodys Vizcaino has undergone season-ending shoulder surgery. The procedure involved a labrum clean-up and the removal of scar tissue. This news represents a major hit to a Braves relief unit that was already under fire. That’s true of many..." April 17

  • Matt Moore to miss rest of 2019 following knee surgery

    Hardball Talk "Tigers pitcher Matt Moore underwent surgery on Wednesday to repair the meniscus on his right knee. The damage was greater than expected and the lefty will miss the rest of the season as a result, MLB.com’s Jason Beck reports. Moore was originally expected to miss four to six..." April 17

  • Source: Nationals reopened contract negotiation talks with Anthony Rendon Tuesday

    NBC Sports Washington "The Nationals met with third baseman Anthony Rendon on Tuesday afternoon as part of ongoing contract extension talks between the two sides, a source confirmed. Washington and Rendon have talked on-and-off for roughly 18 months about the possibility of him signing a contract extension..." April 17

  • MLB rumors: NL contender ready to beat Phillies, Mets to Craig Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel

    Newark Star-Ledger "Watch out, NL East contenders. The Milwaukee Brewers are lurking as the team to watch in the sweepstakes for one (or both) of the high-profile free-agent arms still out on the market. According to MLB.com, the Brewers are still in contact with the agents for..." April 17

  • Why Alex Cora Still Isn’t Worried About Chris Sale Despite Struggles

    NESN "The Red Sox needed Chris Sale to be Chris Sale on Tuesday night. Unfortunately for Boston, the left-hander turned in another dud. Sale was roughed up in the series opener against the New York Yankees, allowing four runs on seven hits over just five innings. The poor outing..." April 17

  • Red Sox Run Differential is Truly Stunning to See

    12 Up "It's safe to say that the Boston Red Sox have not looked like their 2018 championship form so far this season.  After Tuesday night's horrific 8-0 loss against their division rivals the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox fell to 6-12, putting them among the bottom 5..." April 17

  • Mookie Betts appears to be favoring right wrist after collision with fence

    NBC Sports Boston "A trying season for Mookie Betts got a little worse on Tuesday night in Yankee Stadium. Betts appeared to experience discomfort in his right wrist chasing a Clint Frazier home run in the fourth inning. He crashed into the right-field fence at the apex of his leap off a dead sprint...." April 17

  • Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader placed on 10-day IL

    KSDK "As if we needed any more negative news about the Cardinals this morning. The Cardinals just announced they are placing outfielder Harrison Bader on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to April 14th. Bader is dealing with a right hamstring strain.  The Cardinals have recalled..." April 17

  • Phillies Option Struggling Nick Pivetta to Triple A

    NBC Philadelphia "Nick Pivetta, who entered the season with huge expectations, will be optioned to Triple A as the Phillies shuffle their roster. Pivetta has not pitched well this season, posting an 8.35 ERA and .383 opponents' batting average through four starts. On Tuesday night, he was spotted a..." April 17

  • Alex Rodriguez nearly spoiled Jennifer Lopez proposal with World Series ring

    Page Six "Alex Rodriguez timed his proposal to Jennifer Lopez down to the minute. Appearing on the “Tonight Show” on Tuesday, Rodriguez, 43, revealed how he rehearsed the proposal multiple times before popping the question. “I planned it for about six..." April 17

  • Can the Seattle Mariners really win while they rebuild?

    Clutch Points "The 2019 MLB season has already provided fans with an abundance of surprises. From the worrisome starts of the Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs to the struggles of aces like Chris Sale and Aaron Nola to the continued red-hot play of Christian Yelich, there have been a number..." April 17

  • Are the Yankees doomed?

    Pinstripe Alley "Last summer, I wrote a piece titled “The sky isn’t actually falling for the Yankees”. I was compelled to because, well, it felt like the sky was falling. The team suffered a few key injuries, dropped winnable games to bad teams, and some fans were up in arms regarding..." April 17

  • Steven Matz fiasco just latest dud from Mets rotation

    New York Post "Would you like a humbling statistic to choke down with your corn flakes and your English muffin? Try this one on for size. Remember how much Jason Vargas made you, Mets fans, want to poke pencils in your eyes in 2018 every time he served up an array of tasty meatballs? Jason..." April 17

  • MLB rumors: How Craig Kimbrel to Mets could have pitching domino effect

    Newark Star-Ledger "Almost every team in baseball could use Craig Kimbrel, including the Mets. But beyond adding a dominant late-inning arm to the bullpen, Kimbrel could have a domino effect on the Mets entire pitching staff. SNY.tv’s John Harper laid it out in light..." April 17

  • Collin McHugh goes into The Matrix to avoid line drive

    Hardball Talk "Astros starter Collin McHugh went into The Matrix to dodge a bullet hit by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the second inning on Tuesday night in Oakland. By avoiding the line drive, McHugh allowed shortstop Carlos Correa to turn a 6-3 unassisted double play,..." April 17