• Why Yankees have been giving Stanton more starts in left field

    New York Post "Early in spring training, it was obvious the Yankees weren’t going to move Aaron Judge out of right field and Giancarlo Stanton would have to adjust to a heavy dose of designated hitter with an occasional start in left field. And those appearances in left would come at Fenway..." May 25

  • Blue Jays' road to signing Vladimir Guerrero Jr. was long, twisting and expensive

    Toronto Sun "It took the trading of two prospects, a trip to Home Hardware for mosquito wear, a three-hour drive on bumpy Dominican roads, a New Year’s Day flight, a Canadian birth certificate, a conversation in French and a one-time, break-the-budget investment for the Blue Jays to secure the..." May 25

  • Carlos Rodon appears OK after taking line drive off forehead in minor-league rehab start

    Chicago Tribune "hite Sox left-hander Carlos Rodon was removed from a minor league rehab start Thursday after being hit in the forehead by a line drive. Rodon was pitching for Triple-A Charlotte as he works back from offseason shoulder surgery. He fell to the ground, but bounced up quickly after being..." May 25

  • MLB Rumors: Mets' Jeurys Familia to Indians?

    Newark Star-Ledger "It's that time of year, baseball fans. As teams like, say, the Mets, teeter between contention or falling down the standings, a magical date looms to dictate the future of franchises: July 31. That date--representing the Major League Baseball trade..." May 25

  • Diamondbacks’ Mitch Haniger-Jean Segura trade for Taijuan Walker and Ketel Marte leaning toward regrettable

    Arizona Central "A year ago, right-hander Taijuan Walker was a steady presence in the rotation and infielder Ketel Marte was a late-season lifesaver from Triple-A Reno. Both came to the Diamondbacks in the same offseason trade with the Seattle Mariners, and it’s possible the club wouldn’t have..." May 25

  • Tyson Ross helping the Padres win now, maybe later

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Tyson Ross makes it sound easy, but he also knows how important what he’s doing is for the Padres. Now and potentially (probably) later. “I’m just going out there trying to give the team a chance to win,” he said. “Six, seven..." May 25

  • Beltre won't play six more years to catch Colon. What about five more months?

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "The oldest player in the major leagues turned a year older Thursday, though Bartolo Colon doesn't look a day over his 45 years when he's on the mound. He is one of two MLB players who are in their 21st season. The other is his Texas Rangers teammate Adrian Beltre,..." May 25

  • What Greg Bird’s Yankees return could mean for Tyler Austin

    New York Post "What the Yankees do roster-wise on Saturday when first baseman Greg Bird is expected to be activated from the disabled list is up in the air. When they sent pitcher Ryan Bollinger to Double-A Trenton after Wednesday’s desultory 12-10 loss to the Rangers, the..." May 25

  • What's the latest with Rusney Castillo?

    WEEI Boston "A name Red Sox fans haven't heard much lately is Rusney Castillo. That's because the outfielder is still in Triple-A Pawtucket with no real chance of getting promoted to the majors, unless a major injury occurs to one of the Red Sox outfielders (and even then it's..." May 25

  • Blue Jays All-Star Roberto Osuna could face significant suspension

    Yardbarker "Toronto Blue Jays All-Star closer Roberto Osuna remains on paid administrative leave after he was arrested and charged with assaulting a woman in Canada earlier this month. While a ton of details have not come out regarding the situation in question, this one report from Jon Heyman of..." May 24

  • Angels teammates notes that Shohei Ohtani communicates in Spanish

    Sportsnaut "Los Angeles Angels two-way phenom Shohei Ohtani is not only versatile as a baseball player, he is also bilingual and able to communicate with teammates in different languages. Teammate and catcher Martin Maldonado shared in a post-game interview after the team’s most-recent win,..." May 24

  • Red Sox Second Baseman Dustin Pedroia To Be Activated From DL On Friday

    NESN "In mere hours, Dustin Pedroia will be back with the Boston Red Sox. Prior to the Sox’s series finale with the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday, manager Alex Cora said that the second baseman will be activated from the disabled list Friday, in time for the Sox’s series opener at..." May 24

  • Reddick blames spider bite for DL stint

    USA Today "Houston Astros outfielder Josh Reddick believes a spider bite is responsible for his trip to the disabled list. Reddick was placed on the 10-day DL on Wednesday with a leg infection, which he believes is the result of a spider bite that he suffered at some point last week. Reddick..." May 24

  • Royals could soon begin massive fire sale

    Yardbarker "As the calendar nears June and MLB teams start to evaluate their outlook for the coming months, it appears at least one squad is almost ready to open the doors to a major sale. According to Jon Heyman of FangRag Sports, the Kansas City Royals are said to be quietly putting the word..." May 24

  • Theo Epstein on Manny Machado trade talk: ‘Spasm of media frenzy’

    Sportsnaut "Chicago Cubs president Theo Epstein on Thursday threw cold water on the blazing Manny Machado trade rumors, referring to the rampant speculation as nothing more than a ‘spasm of media frenzy.” “I can say with regards to this particular spasm of media frenzy, it is..." May 24

  • Orioles “have begun fielding calls of interest” on Manny Machado

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports Thursday that the Orioles “are said to have begun fielding calls of interest” on superstar Manny Machado and “are close to the point of seriously weighing whether to trade him.” You’d think it would be a no-brainer for..." May 24

  • Blue Jays skeptical of Tampa Bay’s reliever matchup experiment

    Sportsnet "Like pretty much everyone else in baseball, John Axford took note of how the Tampa Bay Rays started reliever Sergio Romo on back-to-back days over the weekend, the latest new-age concept to get a trial run on a big-league field. “I don’t know what ways this game is going..." May 24

  • Report: Nike Steals 2020 MLB Uniform Contract From Under Armour

    12 Up "The Nike swoosh is coming to Major League Baseball. All it took was another company's financial ruin to get there. ​Back in 2016, Major League Baseball announced that ​Under Armour was going to be the official on-field uniform provider for all 30 teams come the..." May 24

  • CC Sabathia doesn’t appreciate Mark Teixeira’s comments about Robinson Cano

    Sportsnaut "Shortly after Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano was suspended for testing positive for a banned substance, Mark Teixeira, who was Cano’s teammate with the New York Yankees, said that he wasn’t surprised. CC Sabathia, a current Yankee and a former teammate of both men,..." May 24

  • Rays to start 3 straight relievers vs. O's; Romo gets ball Friday, Sunday

    MLB.com "The Rays will again roll out their unconventional and wildly intriguing starting-pitcher strategy, this time taking it to an accelerated level. Tampa Bay plans to start relievers in every game of its three-game series against the Orioles this weekend, with Sergio Romo starting the first and..." May 24

  • Chris Davis ‘disappointed’ at Orioles legend’s criticisms of him

    Baltimore Sun "In a stern rebuke laying out what his own Hall of Fame eyes tell him, Orioles broadcaster Jim Palmer used his platform on the team's postgame show after Wednesday's loss to the Chicago White Sox to lay out the issues he sees with slumping slugger Chris Davis. Palmer questioned..." May 24

  • Rays’ Carlos Gomez reveals he built coffins as a teenager

    Sportsnaut "Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Carlos Gomez is known for his unique style of play. Like many players born in Latin America, to make it out is an opportunity to support their family financially. As a 14-year-old, Gomez found a very unusual way to support his family living in the Dominican..." May 24

  • MLB Releases Study On Home Run Rate

    MLB Trade Rumors "Major League Baseball has released a scientific study that was designed to examine “possible causes of the surge in home run rate in Major League Baseball in the past several years,” as its abstract puts it. The study itself is available at this link. Per the report,..." May 24

  • Justin Verlander projected to accomplish a feat that hasn't been done in 75 years

    CBS Sports "Astros ace Justin Verlander pretty well suffocated the Giants on Wednesday (HOU 4, SF 1).   The lone run he allowed came on a Buster Posey sac fly. Considering the Giants came into this one ranking a strong fourth in the NL in OPS, that's a fairly dominant..." May 24

  • Bumgarner's rehab includes use of new pitch tracking technology

    NBC Sports Bay Area "Madison Bumgarner’s bullpen session on Saturday looked normal in almost every respect. Manager Bruce Bochy, pitching coach Curt Young and bullpen coach Matt Herges stood a few feet behind the pitcher, watching his mechanics and the movement of his pitches. Andrew Suarez, who would follow..." May 24

  • Recovering Danny Farquhar will reportedly throw out the first pitch at an upcoming White Sox game

    CBS Sports "Some cool news out of Chicago: A source tells MLB.com's Scott Merkin that White Sox reliever Danny Farquhar will throw out the ceremonial first pitch prior to his team's June 1 home game against the Brewers.  On April 20 of this year, the 31-year-old Farquhar collapsed in..." May 24

  • Returns of Yoenis Cespedes, Todd Frazier not imminent

    SNY TV "Yoenis Cespedes (hip) and Todd Frazier (hamstring) are both eligible to return from their respective 10-day DL stints, but neither is expected to return within the next few days. Cespedes has been out since May 14, with Frazier out since May 8.  Cespedes and..." May 24

  • 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

  • How Ian Happ got his groove back at the plate

    NBC Sports Chicago "There's a legit case to be made that Ian Happ has been the Cubs' second-best hitter in 2018. Yes, really. Happ ranks second on the Cubs in OPS (.895), behind only Kris Bryant (.995) among regulars, though a recent hot streak has buoyed that overall bottom line for..." 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

  • Jacob DeGrom now has best ERA in NL after seven dominant innings Wednesday

    SNY TV "Mets RHP Jacob deGrom had yet another brilliant performance in his start against the Marlins on Wednesday night.  Just days after tossing a 13-strikeout game against the Diamondbacks, deGrom cruised through the Marlins lineup. It wasn't the start deGrom wanted when..." 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