• Dave Roberts: Juiced balls primary cause of home run boom

    Sportsnaut "MLB hitters are on pace to obliterate the leaguewide single-season home run record that was set in 2017. Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts thinks he knows the main reason why. From discussions he’s had with the players who both hit and surrender the home runs, Roberts..." June 26

  • Giancarlo Stanton will return to IL with PCL strain

    Larry Brown Sports "Just after the New York Yankees got him healthy, Giancarlo Stanton is heading back to the injured list. Stanton hurt his knee during Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays, and while an initial MRI sounded positive, manager Aaron Boone announced after Wednesday’s..." June 26

  • Could the surging Rangers be buyers at deadline?

    Yardbarker "The Rangers continue to defy the odds and rack up victories. Winners of three straight, the team’s 43-36 and in a three-way tie with Cleveland and Boston for the American League’s second wild-card spot. Because of their unexpected success, the Rangers may end up as buyers prior to..." June 26

  • MLB rumors: Yankees split on Madison Bumgarner, who's confident he can regain vintage postseason form

    CBS Sports "It's been known for a while now that the San Francisco Giants are shopping left-hander Madison Bumgarner in the hopes that the team will find a fit by the July 31 trade deadline. Entering Wednesday, the Giants are 34-44 (.434), in last place in the National League West..." June 26

  • Marlins Open To Trading Starters

    MLB.com "With a surplus of controllable starting pitchers, the Marlins naturally make sense as a partner to deal with for contending teams before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Parting with some of their young starters won’t come without a hefty price. But president of baseball..." June 26

  • Young fan struck by foul ball at Astros game suffered skull fracture and had seizure, family's lawyer says

    Houston Chronicle "The family of the 2-year-old girl who suffered a fractured skull when she was struck by a foul ball at an Astros game has retained Houston attorney Richard Mithoff to represent them in potential discussions with the ballclub. While no lawsuit has been filed in the case, Mithoff said..." June 26

  • Mets to activate Noah Syndergaard on Sunday

    Hardball Talk "MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo reports that the Mets are expected to activate starter Noah Syndergaard from the 10-day injured list on Sunday to start that night’s nationally broadcast game against the Braves at Citi Field. Manager Mickey Callaway said “everything went great”..." June 26

  • Mets, third-round draft pick Matthew Allan agree to terms

    Amazin' Avenue "The Mets and third-round pick Matthew Allan have agreed to terms, according to Jon Heyman. Allan was widely viewed as one of the top high school arms in this year’s draft class, but he fell all the way to the third round due to signability concerns. He also had a commitment to the..." June 26

  • Angels Designate Wilfredo Tovar For Assignment

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Angels announced Wednesday that they’ve designated infielder Wilfredo Tovar for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Right-hander Jaime Barria was recalled from Triple-A Salt Lake, with righty Jake Jewell being optioned back to Salt Lake in his place. The Halos also..." June 26

  • Chris Sale looks to avoid tying dubious Red Sox record

    NBC Sports Boston "When the Red Sox take the field Wednesday afternoon, Chris Sale will be looking to accomplish something he hasn't done in a long time: get a home win. It's been 350 days since Sale last recorded a regular-season victory at Fenway Park, and if he loses or gets a no-decision..." June 26

  • Shohei Ohtani to throw off mound for first time since Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "The Angels announced last night that Shohei Ohtani will throw off a mound today. It will be the first time he has done so since undergoing Tommy John surgery last October. Ohtani returned to the Angels’ lineup as a designated hitter on May 7, and since then he has hit..." June 26

  • Indians’ Corey Kluber to Yankees could pick up steam later this week

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees may have another potential option on the horizon in their search to trade for starting pitching. Two-time Cy Young winner and Indians ace Corey Kluber will have an MRI on his ulna bone later this week, according to cleveland.com. If it’s healed, Kluber..." June 26

  • Dodgers reportedly interested in Pirates closer Felipe Vazquez

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers are looking to solidify their bullpen at the trade deadline, and they have been linked to some of the game’s top closers. The latest is Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Felipe Vazquez. Unlike the Dodgers, who are leading the NL West, the Pirates have just 36..." June 26

  • Yankees' Giancarlo Stanton avoids injured list, but could miss London Series with knee bruise

    CBS Sports "Only seven days after returning from a two-month stint on the injured list, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton exited Tuesday night's win over the Blue Jays (NYY 4, TOR 3) with another injury. Stanton was removed with a right knee contusion in the..." June 26

  • Ready for prime time? Closer Craig Kimbrel poised to join Cubs bullpen after AAA stint

    Chicago Sun-Times "Closer Craig Kimbrel looks ready to join the Cubs’ bullpen by Thursday’s series finale against the Braves or Friday’s series opener in Cincinnati. The seven-time All-Star struck out two in a 1-2-3 ninth inning at Class AAA Iowa on Tuesday night in what was expected..." June 26

  • Potential New York Yankees Trade Targets in a Clint Frazier Deal

    Bleacher Report "The New York Yankees hold one of the most intriguing trade chips of the 2019 MLB trade deadline in outfielder Clint Frazier. The 24-year-old former top prospect is hitting .283/.330/.513 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs and 34 RBI in 209 plate appearances at the big..." June 26

  • Max Scherzer is having the best month of his career

    NBC Sports Washington "Max Scherzer’s black eye receded from the full-circle package to a dark half-moon before he took the mound in Miami. And his memory reminded him of the last time he was there. It was April 20 and produced his worst start of the season: 5 1/3 innings, 11 hits, six earned runs, a loss to..." June 26

  • Do Minnesota Twins have edge in Giants’ Madison Bumgarner sweepstakes?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Minnesota Twins are running away with the American League Central and have one of the best records in the big leagues, but they are not considered as serious as World Series contender as other clubs. That could change quickly. The Twins are showing “strong..." June 26

  • Diamondbacks to reinstate Jake Lamb from IL, option Domingo Leyba

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks are reinstating infielder Jake Lamb from the injured list, manager Torey Lovullo announced after Tuesday’s loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. He will be taking the place of Domingo Leyba on the 25-man roster, who the team will option. Lamb has..." June 26

  • Kenley Jansen thinks criticism of Dodgers bullpen is fair

    Larry Brown Sports "The Los Angeles Dodgers’ lackluster bullpen seems like the only component of that team that is not performing at an elite level right now, and Kenley Jansen thinks it is valid to point that out. The All-Star closer earned the save in Tuesday’s 3-2 win over Arizona, but he..." June 26

  • MLB veterans who sign minor league deals face challenges on and off the field

    Sporting News "One byproduct of baseball's changing free-agent market is that older players - guys past the ripe age of 30 - have a harder time finding work. Some get squeezed out of the game altogether, and the ones who stick around are increasingly doing so with minor league contracts. For..." June 26

  • Nationals will reportedly wear Expos throwbacks to honor inaugural 1969 season in Montreal

    CBS Sports "The Montreal Expos will finally soon be returning to Major League Baseball ... kind of. The team may not be making a full comeback in Montreal, but the Washington Nationals will be bringing back the extinct club's classic look for at least one game. According to..." June 26

  • Robinson Cano thinks his batting slump just comes down to ‘no luck’

    New York Daily News "Robinson Cano thinks he has an answer for his .223 batting average almost halfway through his first season as a Met. He’s just a victim of bad luck. “You guys watch the game every day,” Cano said. “I’ve just been hitting right at guys. It’s not that..." June 26

  • Royals reinstate Eric Skoglund, recall Hill from Omaha and DFA Brad Boxberger

    Fox Sports Kansas City "The Royals made three roster moves with their pitching staff Wednesday, including the reinstatement of left-hander Eric Skoglund from his 80-game suspension. Skoglund, who was suspended for violation of the league’s drug policy, was optioned to Triple-A Omaha...." June 26

  • It’s almost time for Yankees to put an end to perfect plan

    New York Post "Freddy Galvis fouled off one, two, three, four, five Aroldis Chapman pitches on Tuesday night, a called strike splitting up foul balls one and two, before finally knocking a slow grounder to second base that DJ LeMahieu fielded and threw to first base in time. With that, the Yankees..." June 26

  • Giancarlo Stanton has MRI after injuring right knee

    Newsday "The Yankees just got Giancarlo Stanton back last Tuesday after a lengthy stint on the injured list, but the slugging outfielder could already be facing another absence. Stanton was removed from Tuesday night’s 4-3 win over the Blue Jays before the fourth inning with a right knee..." June 26

  • Corey Seager Progressing, Possible Return Date Speculated

    Dodgers Nation "Before suffering a hamstring injury on June 11th, Corey Seager was on fire. In 30 games started prior to that injury, Seager was hitting .336 with a 1.008 OPS. Therefore, Seager was definitely rounding back into his form as one of the game’s best shortstops. Now, Jorge Castillo..." June 26

  • Eight MLB managers who could be on the hot seat

    Larry Brown Sports "Though we’re nearly halfway through the season, we have yet to see an in-season managerial change in Major League Baseball this year. Will that stay the case? It’s hard to say, though there are certainly some who could lose their job tomorrow and few would be..." June 26

  • Pirates reliever Nick Burdi has surgery, lost for season

    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The Pirates announced on Tuesday that reliever Nick Burdi, who had been on the injured list since April 23 with right bicep/elbow pain, underwent season-ending surgery. The procedure was performed by Dr. Robert Thompson, a vascular surgeon at Washington University, and it..." June 26

  • Tim Anderson helped off field with ankle sprain, will be reevaluated Wednesday

    NBC Sports Chicago "White Sox fans saw a sight they hoped they'd never see Tuesday night. Tim Anderson was helped off the field with an ankle injury in the fifth inning of Tuesday night's game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park, hurt while making a play on a ground ball on a wet night in..." June 26

  • Zack Cozart Not Progressing

    MLB Trade Rumors "Infielder Zack Cozart’s Murphy’s Law tenure with the Angels continues. Out since late May because of left shoulder tightness, Cozart revealed Tuesday that he’s not progressing toward a return, as Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles..." June 26

  • J.D. Martinez: 'Writers would never allow' DH to win MVP

    The Eagle Tribune "In the first round of All-Star balloting, J.D. Martinez had 500,000 more votes than any other designated hitter in the American League.  He still doesn't think the system is right. "I believe that the players and coaches should vote," Martinez said "I..." June 25

  • Brewers Sign First-Round Pick Ethan Small

    Brew Crew Ball "The Milwaukee Brewers have officially signed first-round pick LHP Ethan Small. The Brewers took Small 28th overall in the 2019 draft earlier this month. Both sides couldn’t reach an immediate agreement because Small was pitching for Mississippi State in the College World Series...." June 25

  • Twins Sign Carlos Torres

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Twins have signed free-agent right-hander Carlos Torres to a minor league contract, MLBTR’s Steve Adams tweets. Torres will now stay in the American League Central, where he spent the previous month before the Tigers designated him for assignment this past weekend. The..." June 25

  • DJ LeMahieu's leadoff HR gives Yankees MLB record for consecutive games with a home run

    Newsday "The Yankees needed just one home run Tuesday to make a powerful month of baseball officially historic. They needed just one batter to do it. DJ LeMahieu opened the bottom of the first inning with a solo home run off Blue Jays lefthander Clayton Richard, giving the Yankees an..." June 25

  • Sean Doolittle goes off about ‘disgusting’ wages for minor league players

    Larry Brown Sports "Professional baseball players at the minor league level often have to struggle to make a living as they pursue their MLB dreams, and Washington Nationals pitcher Sean Doolittle thinks the system baseball has in place for paying players who are working their way up is..." June 25

  • Yankees Reportedly Pursuing Reds Ace Luis Castillo

    12 Up "If the Yankees have their heart set on acquiring a young, controllable starting pitcher, there aren't many available on the market today that are better than Cincinnati Reds starter Luis Castillo. As the wait for Luis Severino to return from injury becomes..." June 25

  • What are the Blue Jays' options with Marcus Stroman?

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman has one more year of arbitration remaining before becoming a free agent following the 2020 season. With his name increasingly popping up in trade rumors and the July 31 deadline quickly approaching, it's time to break down the team's options..." June 25

  • Ryan Zimmerman is ready to rejoin Nationals, but in what capacity?

    NBC Sports Washington "Key for Ryan Zimmerman was the simplistic act of staying on his grumpy feet for nine innings. The idea had been elusive for weeks. Zimmerman last played a full baseball game on April 27. Plantar fasciitis sent him to this fate, and each time he progressed, an ache pulled him..." June 25

  • Why Robinson Cano needs to be removed from No. 3 spot in lineup

    SNY TV "As bad as it got for the Mets on Monday, a night when they desperately needed to change the Mickey Callaway conversation, the outcome against the Phillies might have been different if they weren't so stubborn about hitting Robinson Cano third in the lineup. In truth,..." June 25

  • Rays owner: 'We are simply not well-suited' to stay in Florida full-time

    The Score "Tampa Bay Rays owner Stuart Sternberg held a press conference Tuesday to publicly discuss the possibility of splitting the team's home games between St. Petersburg and Montreal. Sternberg pleaded the public to stay open-minded about the idea on multiple occasions while discussing..." June 25

  • Astros To Activate George Springer, Collin McHugh

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Astros are set to activate outfielder George Springer and right-hander Collin McHugh from the injured list, per the team’s transactions log at MLB.com. Lefty Reymin Guduan and righty Rogelio Armenteros will be optioned to Triple-A to open..." June 25

  • Cleveland Indians’ Corey Kluber works in bullpen; Carlos Carrasco plays catch

    Cleveland Plain Dealer "The Indians still don’t know if veteran starters Corey Kluber and Carlos Carrasco will pitch again this season. But on a humid Monday morning in the team’s bullpen behind the center field wall at Progressive Field, some baby steps were taken that could lead them back to games..." June 25

  • Former MLB first-round pick Alex Meyer retires at 29

    Yardbarker "Alex Meyer, a first-round pick of the Washington Nationals who spent time with the Minnesota Twins and Los Angeles Angels, has retired. Meyer took to Instagram on Tuesday, saying that “After multiple surgeries and countless hours of rehab, the end of the road for my baseball..." June 25

  • MLB trade rumors: Yankees watching Giants’ Madison Bumgarner stay out west?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The New York Yankees are not looking to trade top prospect Clint Frazieras part of any deal with the San Francisco Giants for left-hander Madison Bumgarner because the 29-year-old southpaw will be a free agent after the season. Turns out that might not matter,..." June 25

  • Yankees designate Kendrys Morales for assignment

    New York Post "Kendrys Morales is off the injured list, and out of The Bronx. The Yankees designated Morales for assignment, announcing the move Tuesday morning. Morales had been on the IL with a left calf strain. While Morales was sidelined, the Yankees acquired Edwin Encarnacion in a..." June 25

  • Manny Machado is returning to Baltimore and the boo birds should stay out of Birdland

    NBC Sports Washington "Let’s not do this, guys. It’s fun to have players to cheer against. Baseball certainly needs more villains in the sport, and Manny Machado looks like he could fill that role for the league. But not in Baltimore. Not on his return. It’s popular to..." June 25

  • Blue Jays ace Marcus Stroman is basically begging to be traded to the Bronx

    New York Daily News "Marcus Stroman was out on the field early Monday to see his little brother’s baseball team. The Blue Jays ace is from Long Island and was close enough to make a visit home. Monday, however, he made it clear before heading out onto the Yankees Stadium field he’d be more than happy to..." June 25

  • Steven Wright activated by Boston Red Sox, Josh Smith optioned to AAA

    Mass Live "The Red Sox activated right-hander Steven Wright from the restricted list and optioned righty Josh Smith to Pawtucket on Tuesday afternoon. To make room for Wright on the 40-man roster, the team transferred righty Nathan Eovaldi (right elbow) to the 60-day injured..." June 25

  • Craig Kimbrel won’t be pushed past 3 outs when he joins the Cubs

    Chicago Tribune "Whether Craig Kimbrel joins the Cubs on Thursday at Wrigley Field or this weekend in Cincinnati, one aspect of his arrival will remain firm. Kimbrel initially won’t be used for more than three outs. Joe Maddon realizes that it’s been less than three weeks since..." June 25