• MLB reportedly rejects Dodgers' request to wear traditional uniforms vs. Yankees on Players' Weekend

    CBS Sports "If you haven't kept up with Major League Baseball the past few days, then just know this is an important weekend. For one, the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers are playing a three-game set that could be a preview of the World Series. On top of that, this is Players' Weekend,..." August 24

  • Max Scherzer optimistic but 'not out of the woods yet'

    MLB.com "The good news from Max Scherzer on Friday morning was he was able to play catch without issue prior to the Nationals' series opener against the Cubs, keeping in line with his normal routine after a start. Scherzer was still not ready to put his battle with back and shoulder injuries..." August 24

  • Terry Francona: Indians' all-black uniforms make players 'look like morons'

    The Score "Add Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona to the list of people who aren't a fan of the Players' Weekend uniforms this season. "What's the slogan, 'Let the kids play?' Let the grown-ups look like morons," Francona said Friday, according to Zack Meisel..." August 24

  • Aaron Judge starting to display his prodigious power again

    New York Post "The Players’ Weekend uniform was much different than the classic Yankees road uniform, but there was one familiar sight at Dodger Stadium Friday night. Aaron Judge’s pull power has returned as he lined a third inning home run into the left field pavilion off Dodgers..." August 24

  • Does MLB’s Options Structure Need To Change?

    MLB Trade Rumors "Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija recently crossed the 10-year threshold in terms of Major League service time and took the occasion to voice concerns about the difficulty today’s younger players will have in reaching that same milestone (link via Henry Schulman of the San Francisco..." August 24

  • Mark Melancon taking over closer duties in Atlanta

    The Sports Daily "At the trade deadline at the end of July, the Atlanta Braves acquired relievers Shane Greene from the Detroit Tigers and Mark Melancon from the San Francisco Giants. Both had been veteran closers in the past and Greene was expected to remain the closer in Atlanta after an excellent start..." August 24

  • Eloy Jimenez not worried about his hip but admits frustration with rookie-year injuries

    NBC Sports Chicago "It doesn't sound like Eloy Jimenez's bout of hip soreness that kept him out of the lineup for the first two games of this weekend's series with the Texas Rangers is anything to be concerned about. But for a player who loathes being limited to sitting and watching, it's..." August 24

  • Brett Gardner apparently does not care much for Players’ Weekend

    Larry Brown Sports "Count Brett Gardner out of at least one part of Players’ Weekend festivities. Friday marked the beginning of the league’s third annual Players’ Weekend, which allows players to “connect with the fans in fun and engaging ways through their jerseys and..." August 24

  • Jose Urena Could Return As Marlins’ Closer

    Yardbarker "Marlins right-hander Jose Urena hasn’t pitched since June 7 because of a lower back strain, but his season doesn’t look over. Manager Don Mattingly announced Friday that Urena could return in September as the Marlins closer, per Craig Mish of FNTSY Radio. At 45-81, which..." August 24

  • Short-term plan for Carlos Carrasco in place; Corey Kluber to undergo more imaging

    Ohio.com "The Indians are remaining cautious with Carlos Carrasco, but as his own excitement builds, so does the team’s. Carrasco, on the injured list as he battles chronic myeloid leukemia, has thrown 2 2/3 hitless innings with five strikeouts in two rehab appearances with the..." August 24

  • Dodgers Expecting Rich Hill To Be Potential Game 4 Starter During Postseason

    Dodger Blue "With the Los Angeles Dodgers closing in on a seventh consecutive National League West title, arguably their most-pressing obstacle at present time is determining a potential Game 4 starter for the postseason. Heading into the season, the Dodgers appeared to have a clear top four in..." August 24

  • Yankees' Gary Sanchez becomes fastest catcher and AL player ever to 100 home runs

    MLB.com "Within the walls of a facility where so many noteworthy accomplishments have transpired over the years, Gary Sánchez grabbed his own slice of history by leaving the yard at Dodger Stadium in a 10-2 Yankees victory. Wearing “Kraken” on his Players' Weekend..." August 24

  • David Price (wrist) won’t start for Boston Red Sox on Sunday; left-hander will throw simulated game Tuesday

    Mass Live "Red Sox left-hander David Price won’t start Sunday’s series finale against the Padres and will instead throw a simulated game Tuesday, manager Alex Cora said. The Sox considered activating Price, who has been on the injured list with a wrist cyst since Aug. 8, for Sunday..." August 24

  • Rangers Designate Shane Carle

    Lone Star Ball "Texas Rangers transactions: Luke Farrell has been activated from the 60 day injured list, the Rangers announced today. To make room for Farrell on the 25 man roster, the Rangers optioned Locke St. John to AAA Nashville. To make room for him on the 40 man roster, the Rangers designated Shane..." August 24

  • Braves Ronald Acuña Jr. becomes second-youngest member of 30-30 club

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Ronald Acuna has the fifth 30-30 season in Braves history. After swiping second base in the eighth inning of Friday’s game in New York, the outfielder joined one of the more exclusive lists in Braves history. He’s the fourth Brave to reach the 30-30 mark for..." August 24

  • Diamondbacks Could Pull Merrill Kelly From Rotation

    Arizona Central "As his teammates showered and exited Miller Park late Friday night, Merrill Kelly sat in front of a laptop in the visitors’ clubhouse. Clean innings have been elusive for him in recent weeks. His search for answers has been just as perplexing. Kelly gave up three runs in another..." August 24

  • Reds' Aristides Aquino homers again to set yet another record

    CBS Sports "The Reds took on the increasingly miserable Pirates on Friday night in Pittsburgh, and Cincy rookie slugger Aristides Aquino didn't take long to once again go yard. Yep, that's Aquino's 12th home run in just his 22nd career game played. Suffice it to say, that's a..." August 24

  • Nationals To Sign Jake Buchanan

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Nationals have agreed to a deal with righty Jake Buchanan, according to Todd Dybas of NBC Sports Washington (via Twitter). It’s a minor-league arrangement for the 29-year-old, who was recently cut loose by the Athletics. Buchanan has seen time in four MLB campaigns, but has..." August 24

  • 6 Players We Still Can't Believe Weren't Traded at the MLB Deadline

    12 Up "We know how boring this MLB trade deadline was even with the Zack Greinke deal. There was a surprising amount of inaction from fringe contenders who decided to stand pat rather than sell. Plenty of players who should have gotten a change of scenery didn't, but these are the six players we..." August 23

  • Yankees move top prospect Deivi Garcia to the bullpen, and he could pitch his way on to their postseason roster

    CBS Sports "In nine days MLB teams will be able to expand their active rosters from 25 players up to as many as 40 players. September call-up rules change beginning next season -- next year September rosters will be limited to 28 players -- but, this year, the rules are the same as always. Teams can carry..." August 23

  • Max Scherzer admits he still has concerns over back injury

    Larry Brown Sports "Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer returned to the mound for the first time since July 25 on Thursday night, but he knows he still has to monitor his back injury. After getting through four innings of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday, Scherzer played catch without..." August 23

  • Phillies’ Bryce Harper placed on paternity leave ahead of birth of first child

    The Philadelphia Inquirer "Baby Harper is on his way. Bryce Harper did not fly with the Phillies this weekend to Miami. He returned home to be with his wife, Kayla, as she gives birth to the couple’s son. Harper was placed by the Phillies on the paternity list before Friday’s series opener..." August 23

  • The Future Star Who Got Away From Each MLB Team

    The Ringer "Gio Urshela spent the past few weeks showing his previous employers what they’re missing. In four games against the Blue Jays, for whom Urshela played 46 uneventful games last year, the Yankees third baseman tallied six hits, including three home runs; in four games against..." August 23

  • How players are using uniform numbers to break MLB's unwritten rules

    ESPN "For more than two years, Mallex Smith didn't tell anyone on his team why he wore No. 0. Back in January 2017, Smith found himself in a whirlwind of trades in one day, going from the Braves to the Mariners -- for all of 77 minutes ("Some of the best 77 minutes of my..." August 23

  • Orioles GM fires 11 members of team's scouting department

    Sportsnaut "As the Baltimore Orioles continues an organization restart, first-year general manager Mike Elias made huge changes on Friday by firing 11 members of the team’s scouting department. Among the scouts fired was Dean Albany, who was responsible for signing All-Star closer Josh..." August 23

  • Kenley Jansen on Dodgers' fans boos: 'I’d boo myself'

    Sporting News "Kenley Jansen's tough season took another dark turn Wednesday night at Dodger Stadium - for the first time in his 10-year Dodgers career, the veteran closer was booed by the home fans. After Jansen gave up a game-tying home run in the ninth inning to Toronto's Rowdy Tellez,..." August 23

  • Mets Upcoming Schedule is Brutal With Playoff Hopes on the Line

    The Big Lead "Mets fans are feeling themselves right now. They just swept the Indians at home and have won five games in a row. They’re 1.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot and 3 games back from having home-field advantage in the Wild Card game. There’s only one problem:..." August 23

  • 3 MLB Managers Who Will Be Fired After This Season

    12 Up "We're at a point in the MLB season where firing your manager doesn't do your team any good, but you can expect some changes to happen in the final week of the season and at the start of the offseason. Whether it's their fault or not, managers will get the pink slip -- it..." August 23

  • Yankees Claim Cory Gearrin, Release Domingo Acevedo

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Yankees have claimed righty Cory Gearrin from the Mariners, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic (via Twitter). In a corresponding move, the New York club announced that it has released fellow right-hander Domingo Acevedo. Gearrin is a well-established hurler..." August 23

  • MLB Players Will Wear Cleats Designed By Little League World Series Teams This Weekend

    Uproxx "One of the many highlights of the Little League World Series in Williamsport is a collaboration between the World Series and Major League Baseball, where two MLB teams play in the tiny Pennsylvania town and give kids a personal look at the big leagues. With that event in the books and..." August 23

  • This stat shows just how dominant Astros’ Gerrit Cole has been this season

    Sportsnaut "While Houston Astros starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has been phenomenal since being acquired by the Astros, 2019 has been an even more special year for the impending free agent and one statistic highlights sit perfectly. Cole has one of the league’s most dominant fastballs and..." August 23

  • Aaron Boone: Yankees' pitching is 'enough to be the best team in the world'

    SNY TV "The Yankees have had some rocky moments from their pitching staff this season, but manager Aaron Boone thinks the team has plenty in the tank to win it all.  The Bronx Bombers notably didn't add any arms to the rotation during the recent trade deadline, but speaking..." August 23

  • Luis Severino inching closer toward making rehab start

    New York Post "The news from Tampa on injured Yankees pitchers Luis Severino and Dellin Betances continued to be positive Thursday. According to manager Aaron Boone, Severino threw a two-inning simulated game that went well and is moving toward a minor league rehab assignment if there are no..." August 23

  • Jays recall P Jordan Romano, Ken Giles to paternity list

    TSN "Jordan Romano is back with the Toronto Blue Jays.  The team has recalled the right handed pitcher and sent closer Ken Giles to the paternity list.  Giles' trip to the paternity list will allow him to miss the teams next three games, meaning he will be..." August 23

  • Judge upholds arbitration ruling that Orioles owe Nationals about $100 million in MASN TV rights dispute

    Baltimore Sun "The Orioles lost the latest round in the long-running Mid-Atlantic Sports Network television rights dispute Thursday when a New York judge upheld a second arbitration ruling ordering the network to pay the Washington Nationals $296.8 million in rights fees for the 2012 to 2016..." August 23

  • Justin Verlander accuses reporter Anthony Fenech of ‘unethical behavior’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Houston Astros created a controversy when they blocked reporter Anthony Fenech from entering the clubhouse immediately after Wednesday’s game, apparently at the request of Justin Verlander. Verlander pitched for the Detroit Tigers from 2005-2017. Fenech has been a beat..." August 23

  • Pablo Sandoval Could Be Done For Season

    MLB Trade Rumors "Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval went to the injured list Aug. 14 with bone chips in his right elbow, which may prove to be a season-ending issue. There’s a “fair” chance Sandoval won’t return in 2019, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco..." August 23

  • Robinson Cano ramps up activity while Jeff McNeil begins rehab assignment

    New York Daily News "Robinson Cano snuck in a round of batting practice ahead of the Mets’ series finale against the Indians on Thursday. He was also scheduled to run the bases as part of a mapped-out plan to ramp up his activity on the field. The veteran second baseman is rehabbing from a torn left..." August 23

  • Can the Dodgers win a World Series with Kenley Jansen continuing to struggle as their closer?

    Los Angeles Times "For the first time in his major-league career, a decade-long period of stable excellence, Kenley Jansen was booed at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday. The fans, after years of cascading the closer with cheers, flipped their tone when they watched Jansen surrender a tying home run to Toronto Blue..." August 23

  • When will White Sox contend? That’s a TBD, GM Rick Hahn says

    Chicago Sun-Times "Will the White Sox contend next year? Judging from reaction on social media, general manager Rick Hahn’s answer wasn’t exactly a hit. “Let’s talk in Glendale,” Hahn said Thursday. In other words, let’s see how the offseason..." August 23

  • Max Scherzer felt pretty good in his return, but ‘it’s more about tomorrow than it is today’

    Washington Post "Max Scherzer had to hold back a bit Thursday, resisting the temptation to give everything he had, realizing there was much more at stake than an August start against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 35-year-old ace returned from the injured list and threw four innings in a 7-1..." August 23

  • Mets Sign Nick Rumbelow

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets signed right-handed reliever Nick Rumbelow out of the independent Atlantic League this week, per an announcement from his now-former team: the Sugar Land Skeeters. He’ll head to New York’s Triple-A affiliate in Syracuse and give the club some additional depth in..." August 23

  • There is no justifying the Brett Gardner defenders

    New York Post "Two psychiatrists pass in the hall. One says, “Good morning.” The other says to himself, “I wonder what he meant by that.” Old gag. Yet, those raised on practicality were led to believe that 2 plus 2 equals 4. Now? Well, it’s like “good..." August 23

  • Orioles break record for HRs allowed in single season

    The Score "The Baltimore Orioles' dismal 2019 campaign reached record-breaking status on Thursday, as the team's pitching staff has now allowed the most single-season home runs in MLB history, passing the 2016 Cincinnati Reds. The record-breaking homer - the 259th an Orioles pitcher has..." August 22

  • Mark Trumbo Reportedly Nearing Rehab Assignment

    Yardbarker "Orioles slugger Mark Trumbo has missed the entire season, but even though Baltimore is one of the worst teams in baseball, he’s not giving up on 2019.  Trumbo plans to start a Triple-A rehab assignment “around Aug. 27,” play five games and then come off the..." August 22

  • Bryce Harper letting his haters be his motivators

    Hardball Talk "When the Phillies go on the road, and even sometimes at home, outfielder Bryce Harper is a magnet for hecklers. Fans have been chanting things like “overrated” at him. But it hasn’t really been working. Last night, Harper was being booed and ridiculed by fans at..." August 22

  • MLB: Justin Verlander, Houston Astros barring Detroit Free Press violates CBA

    Detroit Free Press "The Houston Astros violated the MLB collective bargaining agreement on Wednesday when they blocked a Detroit Free Press reporter from interviewing pitcher Justin Verlander after his loss to the Tigers in Houston. "Per our Club-Media Regulations, the reporter should have been..." August 22

  • MLB prohibits players from participating in Venezuelan Winter League

    Sportsnaut "In what could potentially stunt the growth of dozens of young players and prospects around the baseball world, MLB is reportedly prohibiting players from participating in the Venezuelan Winter League this year. According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, this is a direct response to..." August 22

  • Braves Fan Arrested Attempting to Bring Cocaine in Cowboy Boot to SunTrust Park

    Bleacher Report "Dustin Luther Wilkes was arrested at SunTrust Park in Georgia last Wednesday after allegedly trying to bring cocaine into the stadium inside a cowboy-style boot for an MLB game between the Atlanta Braves and New York Mets.  Rosie Manins of the Marietta Daily Journal reported..." August 22

  • Astros get good news on Carlos Correa’s back injury

    Sportsnaut "Houston Astros All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa came up lame in a game against the Detroit Tigers Monday night. Correa had to be pulled from the outing and was ultimately placed on the injured list with a back ailment. It goes without saying that concern was pretty high for the..." August 22