• Addison Russell considering request for emergency hearing

    Larry Brown Sports "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, currently on administrative leave as the league investigates abuse claims made against him, is looking for a quick resolution to his situation. According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, Russell and his agent, Scott Boras, are considering using..." September 22

  • Yankees' Sabathia plans to return in 2019

    The Score "Hold off on those retirement tributes for CC Sabathia. Following his start on Friday night, the New York Yankees left-hander - who had mused about walking away from baseball at various points during this season - announced that he plans to return for a 19th campaign in..." September 22

  • Andrew Cashner might not see another start in 2018

    Hardball Talk "Time is running out for Orioles right-hander Andrew Cashner to make a comeback this fall, and Roch Kubatko of MASNsports.com reports that he may not make it back to the mound before the regular season comes to a close next weekend. Cashner is still dealing with a lingering bout of bursitis in..." September 22

  • Braves clinch National League East, in postseason for first time since 2013

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "Exactly five years ago, the Braves celebrated their last division title before soon embarking on baseball’s latest trend: a complete teardown. One done with the promise of sustainable success, done in hope of recapturing the mystique of the 1990s and devising a roster with embraceable..." September 22

  • How concerned should we be about the future of the Phillies?

    The Good Phight "The Phillies long-shot run at the postseason is likely going to end this weekend. The Phils had a chance to make things interesting in the NL East for the last week of the season, entering their four-game series against the Braves trailing by 1 1⁄2 games. A sweep of Atlanta..." September 22

  • D-Backs' Ziegler questions replay review after costly no call vs. Rockies

    The Score "Arizona Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler expressed his frustration towards Major League Baseball's replay review staff following a 6-2 loss to the Colorado Rockies on Friday. With one out and two runners on base in the eighth inning of a 2-2 tie, Ziegler induced a groundball..." September 22

  • Melisa Reidy’s domestic abuse allegations deserve to be heard, regardless of timing

    SB Nation "On Friday, MLB placed Cubs’ infielder Addison Russell on administrative leave due to allegations of domestic abuse. Before we get to the events of Thursday and Friday let’s recap everything up to this point. The situation has been developing for over a year. In..." September 22

  • Yasiel Puig 'Another Night ... Another Invasion'

    TMZ "It's now borderline incredible ... after 4 home burglaries, ANOTHER person who was up to no good ended up at the home of L.A. Dodgers star Yasiel Puig under sketchy circumstances It went down Thursday night -- 2 days after burglars had broken into Yasiel's home for the FOURTH..." September 22

  • Rockies GM reveals troubling philosophy with young hitters

    Purple Row "On ESPN.com today, Jerry Crasnick had a nice profile on Rockies second baseman DJ LeMahieu, his importance to the team, and his possible future in Colorado. The piece was a good one, giving some behind the scenes info on what LeMahieu means to the Rockies clubhouse and what the plans might be..." September 22

  • The Yankees’ defense might cost them a deep playoff run

    Pinstripe Alley "One of the cruelest things about baseball is that it lets you dream. I dreamed of denying the Red Sox the pleasure of clinching the AL East at Yankee Stadium, and the Yankees did their darnedest to make that dream a reality, winning the first two games of the series. Game three began..." September 22

  • Yankees undecided on who will start wild-card game

    Larry Brown Sports "The New York Yankees are nearly a lock to clinch a spot in the AL wild-card game, but they are not sure yet who will start in the game. Yankees GM Brian Cashman talked with reporters on Friday about who would start the wild-card game on Oct. 3. The team could line things up..." September 22

  • These 5 September callups have impressed

    MLB.com "Rowdy Tellez broke out as one of the game's better first-base prospects with 23 homers and a .917 OPS as a 21-year-old in Double-A in 2016, but he produced a total of just 19 homers with a .692 OPS during the next two seasons in Triple-A. Nevertheless, the Blue Jays called him up on Sept. 4..." September 22

  • There's good and bad to take away from the White Sox in a clear rebuilding season

    CBS Sports "The Chicago White Sox are 61-92 and will miss the playoffs for the 10th consecutive season. They haven't had a winning record since going 85-77 in 2012. This season, the losses weren't entirely unexpected, though many thought they would start showing more signs of a turnaround, such as..." September 22

  • Carlos Gomez gets ejected, rips umpire in Twitter rant

    Hardball Talk "Carlos Gomez entered the Rays-Blue Jays game as a pinch hitter last night, struck out looking and was ejected because he argued the call. But though his time in the game was quickly over, his evening was just beginning. Gomez didn’t even wait for the game to end before taking to..." September 22

  • Chris Davis’ latest cold streak will blow your mind

    Sportsnaut "A season that seemingly couldn’t get any worse for Baltimore Orioles first baseman has, in fact, gotten much worse. The 32-year-old slugger, who enters Friday with a .171/.246/.302 slash line with a .548 OPS and 185 strikeouts in 461 at-bats, has been on an insane cold stretch..." September 22

  • Report: Buck Showalter not expected to return as Orioles manager

    Larry Brown Sports "The 2018 Baltimore Orioles are one of the worst teams in baseball history, so it should come as no surprise that they are expected to be in the market for a new manager this winter. According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Orioles are planning to part ways with Buck Showalter..." September 21

  • Jeff Banister fired as Texas Rangers manager

    Dallas Morning News "In the span of four years, Jeff Banister went from first to worst. He will not get a chance to reverse the club's course again. With the Rangers headed for a last-place finish and the team's second consecutive losing season, the Rangers decided to make a change, the..." September 21

  • Giants CEO Larry Baer updates contract talks with Madison Bumgarner

    NBC Sports Bay Area "The Giants have promised change this upcoming offseason.  Trades, free-agent signings and everything in between could be on the way after two straight disappointing seasons. The biggest change, though, would be the loss of lefty team legend Madison..." September 21

  • Tigers DH Victor Martinez says Saturday will be final game of career

    Click on Detroit "Detroit Tigers designated hitter Victor Martinez announced Saturday will be the final game of his illustrious career. Martinez made the announcement Friday before the Tigers' game against Kansas City. Martinez's four-year contract with the Tigers will..." September 21

  • MLB puts Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave after ex-wife's blog post details abuse allegations

    USA Today "Major League Baseball has placed Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell on leave, hours after his ex-wife revealed more abuse charges on an Instagram post. Thomas Field, the attorney who originally represented the ex-wife of Russell told USA TODAY Sports on Friday that the abuse..." September 21

  • Why Christian Yelich has taken over the NL MVP race and deserves to win the award

    CBS Sports "The National League MVP race seems to have a different frontrunner every week. And without the type of dominant season we've had from a household name the past three years -- Giancarlo Stanton, Kris Bryant and Bryce Harper -- it makes sense that several players have..." September 21

  • MLB Rumors: Surprise NL team stealing Manny Machado from Yankees, Phillies?

    Newark Star-Ledger "Get ready for a bidding war. When the offseason arrives, two free agents will dominate conversation around the sport: Bryce Harper and Manny Machado. Harper's powerful left-handed swing will likely attract record offers. Machado's versatile..." September 21

  • Royals Reportedly Set For Payroll Reduction In 2019

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Royals entered the 2018 season with a payroll of roughly $122MM — their fourth straight season with a $100MM-plus payroll — but Fancred’s Jon Heyman writes in his latest notes column that the team is expected to pare that figure back by as much as $30-35MM for..." September 21

  • Angels' Francisco Arcia Makes Baseball History In Demoralizing Ass-Whupping

    Deadspin "History was made in Thursday afternoon’s Angels-Athletics game. Surprisingly, it was not made by the Athletics, who beat the absolute shit out of the Angels by the football score of 21–3. No, it was made by Francisco Arcia of the Angels, who became the first MLB..." September 21

  • Masahiro Tanaka pitched himself out of wild-card conversation

    New York Post "Masahiro Tanaka made the decision for Aaron Boone. Boone and the Yankees do not want to admit it just yet, but there is no way they can have Tanaka start the wild-card game. The season is on the line that game and the fear is that Tanaka might come up with a clunker like..." September 21

  • Addison Russell's Ex-Wife Shockingly Describes Years of Physical and Mental Abuse

    12 Up "Chicago Cubs shortstop Addison Russell's ex-wife, Melisa, made headlines a year ago after accusing him of cheating on her. It was all a big enough mess that Major League Baseball attempted to investigate the matter. Melisa was reticent about cooperating, so the matter ended up..." September 21

  • Tigers fully expect Fulmer to be full-go for spring training

    Detroit News "Finally, Tigers right-hander Michael Fulmer got a bit of good news. When renowned orthopedic surgeon James Andrews put an arthroscope to Fulmer’s ailing right knee Thursday morning, he found relatively minor ancillary damage around the torn..." September 21

  • Yankees set MLB record with most 10+ HR players in single season

    The Score "The newest iteration of the Bronx Bombers is now in the history books. During Thursday's game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees became the first team in Major League Baseball history to feature 12 players with at least 10 home runs. The feat was..." September 21

  • Diamondbacks’ decline raises questions about Paul Goldschmidt’s future

    Arizona Central "The Diamondbacks’ sudden descent has brought upon a host of questions that just a month ago seemed to be perhaps a full year away. The most prominent among them: Is Paul Goldschmidt’s time with the franchise nearing an end? Barring a miraculous comeback, the..." September 21

  • Royals lose homestand finale, but appear to have growing trust in one young star

    Kansas City Star "This wasn’t a good representation of the homestand. The Royals lost to the Twins, 9-6, on Sunday afternoon, halting a three-game win streak and also pausing a stretch of success where the team had won 10 of 11 at home. In truth: One defeat isn’t that big a deal..." September 21

  • Michael Fulmer's trade value continues to plummet for Detroit Tigers

    Detroit Free Press "Last off-season, nearing the height of Michael Fulmer’s fruitless trade market heading into the winter meetings, one veteran executive told me his cardinal rule in player movement: “The best time to trade a player is yesterday.” Those words have not escaped the mind..." September 21

  • Losing Eric Hosmer may have been a blessing in disguise for the Royals

    MLB Daily Dish "It was a sad day in Kansas City on February 19 when first baseman Eric Hosmer — who had been flirting all offseason with the idea of re-signing with the team that drafted him and likely spending the rest of his career in a Royals uniform — signed an eight-year,..." September 21

  • Where Dominic Smith stands with Mets after lost season

    New York Post "Dominic Smith smiles to hide the frustration when his lost season is mentioned. This was supposed to be the year the Mets discovered if their top pick in the 2013 draft was a viable major league player who could potentially secure first base for the next several seasons and provide a..." September 21

  • With Clayton Kershaw's opt-out looming, Dodgers boss hopeful the two sides 'work together for a long time'

    CBS Sports "Wednesday night the Dodgers completed a three-game sweep of the Rockies (LAD 5, COL 2) thanks to Yasiel Puig's latest heroics. The sweep gives Los Angeles a season-high 2 1/2-game lead in the NL West with nine games to play. While the team's focus is on winning the division..." September 20

  • Mets' Flores diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees

    Amazin' Avenue "Wilmer Flores has been diagnosed with early onset arthritis in both knees and is done for the season. Mickey Callaway acknowledged that he is unsure what this means for Flores’s future. The injury brings an end to a season in which Flores played in 126 games and hit..." September 20

  • Smoltz proposes split season to fix baseball's schedule

    USA Today "Hall of Fame pitcher John Smoltz watches baseball every day, talks about it virtually every day, sits in a broadcast booth and TV studio every week, and can’t stand what he’s seeing. He’s not just talking about all of the strikeouts, home runs, shifts and lack of..." September 20

  • Sources: Rangers consider parting ways with Banister. Here’s why this might happen

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The rebuilding plan the Texas Rangers are undertaking has reached the manager’s office. Multiple sources confirmed that the Rangers are contemplating replacing Jeff Banister after the season even though he is under contract for 2019. The Rangers exercised the..." September 20

  • Oakland A's Fans Love Their Team, But Don't Trust Its Owners

    Deadspin "Sixteen games into the Oakland A’s historic 20-game win streak back in 2002, Mike Davie realized how cheap team ownership truly was. Weeks prior, the MLB Players Association had voted to set August 30 as the deadline for a new collective bargaining agreement. Another in-season..." September 20

  • This could be Bryce Harper's last homestand with the Nationals; here's what he had to say about it

    CBS Sports "Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is going to be a free agent this coming offseason. Thanks to his youth relative to almost any other free agent (he turns 26 in October) and MVP upside, he's going to perhaps ink the largest contract in MLB history. As for that idle..." September 20

  • Giants’ Madison Bumgarner wants to stay, but knows decision isn’t all his

    San Francisco Chronicle "As the Giants end another disappointing season and dive into what promises to be a turbulent winter, they finally need to address one of their most critical questions in perhaps decades, which has no easy answer: What are they going to do with pitcher Madison Bumgarner, one of the..." September 20

  • Is Red Sox' slump temporary, or did they come back to earth?

    NBC Sports Boston "All year, this looked like the revival of the 2016 offense. Some extended drop-offs are starting to make that seem like a mirage. The Red Sox’ 11 home runs in the month of September are the fewest of all 30 teams. As of midnight going into Thursday, their on-base percentage in..." September 20

  • Aaron Boone makes an interesting admission about Yankees wild card choice

    SNY TV "Yankees officials have begun discussing in earnest who will start the wild card game next month, and Aaron Boone made an interesting admission on Wednesday: That a potential division series meeting with the Red Sox could factor into which starter the team chooses. This is a logical..." September 20

  • After Orioles win, 2003 Tigers will keep record for most losses by AL team

    Michigan Live "The 2003 Detroit Tigers will not lose their dubious record this season. With their win on Wednesday night, the Baltimore Orioles improved to 44-108, ensuring that they will not break the record for most losses by an American League set by the Tigers 15 years..." September 20

  • Should Chris Sale win American League Cy Young?

    WEEI Boston "With the baseball regular season winding down, so are the races for the end of year awards, including the Cy Young. According to Bovada, Chris Sale is the favorite despite only pitching four innings since Aug. 12. This was part of a debate Thursday morning on Kirk & Callahan..." September 20

  • David Price’s Yankees nightmare is only getting worse

    New York Post "David Price entered Wednesday 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, but his run of excellence came to a screeching halt against the Yankees — and not surprisingly, it happened in The Bronx. Yankee Stadium continued to be a nightmare for the left-hander,..." September 20

  • Rangers hope Odor can turn things around late, carry momentum to bring back good Rougie in 2019

    Dallas Morning News "In their postseason player evaluations, the Rangers will have a tough call on second baseman Rougned Odor. Which Odor can they expect for next season? Odor has been a peaks-and-valleys offensive player this season. He is at another low point as the Rangers open the final..." September 20

  • Alex Cora: Red Sox are ‘too passive at the plate’

    Larry Brown Sports "The Boston Red Sox have lost two in a row to the New York Yankees, scoring only three runs combined in the defeats. Alex Cora thinks he knows one of the reasons for their struggles at the plate. Cora said after Wednesday’s 10-1 loss that the team is getting too passive at the..." September 20

  • Cubs' Pedro Strop hasn't ruled out late September return

    Chicago Tribune "Pedro Strop said the Cubs medical staff is not pushing his recovery in the wake of closer Brandon Morrow being ruled out for the season. “It all depends on the way I heal,” Strop said Wednesday, six days after suffering a left hamstring strain that initially ruled him out..." September 20

  • Dodgers ‘betting’ on repeat performance from reluctant reliever Kenta Maeda

    Orange County Register "Kenta Maeda is asked a very American question and laughs it off. What does it matter whether he has learned to enjoy pitching out of the bullpen? He won’t admit to enjoying life as a starter either. “It’s not enjoyable. It’s a very hard job,”..." September 20

  • Brandon Belt ‘likely’ done for ’18

    San Francisco Chronicle "Padres baserunners had a great chance to meet Giants rookie Aramis Garcia at first base. Garcia started all three games there. Brandon Belt kept hoping his right knee would allow him back into the lineup, but that probably won’t happen over the final nine games. Before the..." September 20