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  • The five most important series in final week of 2020 regular season

    CBS Sports "We're now in the final week of the 2020 MLB regular season, and even though time is running out the standings remain wonderfully muddled, especially in the National League. Thanks in part to the expanded 16-team postseason, we've got multiple playoff spots still up for grabs, and bear..." September 21

  • MLB, MLBPA commit $10 million to Players Alliance to promote increased Black participation in baseball

    CBS Sports "MLB and the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on Monday announced a $10 million joint commitment to promote and enable increased Black participation in the sport of baseball at all levels. The commitment is being made through the Players Alliance, which comprises more than 100..." September 21

  • Rays Activate Mike Zunino, Option Sean Gilmartin

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Tampa Bay Rays activated Mike Zunino from the injured list, while optioning Sean Gilmartin to the alternate training site, per Juan Toribio of MLB.com (via Twitter). The 29-year-old Zunino competes for the starting catcher job when healthy, but he’s been..." September 20

  • Crunch time: 7 things to watch in final week

    MLB.com "There are playoff spots on the line, injuries to keep an eye on and home-field advantages up in the air. The Marlins are on the verge of pulling off what would amount to a little bit of a baseball miracle. The Cardinals would be in that conversation as well. The Mariners are still..." September 20

  • Rays place Austin Meadows on 10-day IL

    MSN.com "The Rays announced that they’ve placed outfielder Austin Meadows on the 10-day injured list with a Grade 2 left oblique strain. Tampa Bay selected left-hander Sean Gilmartin and moved fellow southpaw Cody Reed to the 45-day IL in corresponding..." September 18

  • Aaron Judge on Yankees’ chances: ‘We have best team out there’

    New York Post "So much about baseball has changed since March 12, when the first spring training was shut down due to the coronavirus. Empty ballparks. Seven-inning doubleheaders. Designated hitters in the AL and NL. Alternate sites replaced minor league games. Teams forced to quarantine after..." September 18

  • MLB, MLBPA announce two new positive COVID-19 tests over past week

    Sportsnet "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association announced Friday that there have been two positive COVID-19 tests across baseball over the last week. Of the 12,381 samples collected and tested through the end of Sept. 17, none of the positive results came from major league..." September 18

  • MLB Players And Mascots Must Band Together to Destroy the Cardboard Cutout Fans

    The Big Lead "Major League Baseball's shortened regular season is coming to a close and its extended postseason is fast approaching. When the playoffs arrive, teams will leave their home ballparks and move to regional bubbles, leaving their fans behind. That means the time to destroy the cardboard..." September 18

  • Rays clinch 2nd straight playoff berth

    WFLA.com "The Tampa Bay Rays (33-18) beat the Baltimore Orioles twice on Thursday afternoon, and have now clinched a playoff spot for a consecutive year. This is the Rays sixth postseason appearance but the AL East-leading Rays say their focus this year extends beyond merely..." September 18

  • MLB's New Postseason Plan Could Forever Change Playoff Baseball for the Better

    Bleacher Report "Get ready for a Major League Baseball postseason unlike any that's come before.  We've known since MLB and the MLB Players Association agreed to an expanded playoff field—from 10 to 16 teams—in July that this year's postseason would be..." September 17

  • Permanent 16-team MLB postseason would be catastrophic for players

    The Score "The New York Yankees did nothing at the trade deadline. Mired in a 3-7 slide that had hamstrung their chances of a division title and plainly reeling from the injury absences of Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton, and James Paxton, among others, the Yankees still felt no need for..." September 17

  • MLB to begin 2021 Spring Training exhibition in February

    Sportsnaut "Major League Baseball’s 2021 Spring Training will begin on Feb. 27 in Florida and Arizona with each of the 30 clubs in action on the first day of exhibition play, officials said on Wednesday. Select exhibition games will be played at MLB ballparks and Spring Training facilities..." September 16

  • Major League Baseball umpire Joe West has never missed a call. Just ask him

    ESPN "White Sox broadcaster Ken "Hawk" Harrelson was furious with umpire Joe West, as many have been these past 44 years. On this day in 2010, West had called a second balk of the game on Mark Buehrle, and Hawk was so outraged he said on the air, "Joe West should..." September 16

  • Rob Manfred: Expanded playoffs likely to remain beyond 2020

    Washington Post "Major League Baseball and its players’ union reached agreement Tuesday on the format for the expanded, 16-team postseason, which will see the final three rounds played in controlled, neutral-site bubbles in Southern California and Texas and the World Series at the Texas Rangers’ new..." September 16

  • MLB, MLBPA Reportedly Agree to Playoff Plan Featuring Neutral-Site Bubbles

    Bleacher Report "Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association reportedly reached an agreement to host most of the 2020 playoffs, including the division series, league championship series and World Series, in neutral-site "bubbles." Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported the..." September 15

  • MLB postseason format will be true test of pitching depth

    Larry Brown Sports "The MLB has officially announced its plans for the 2020 postseason, and pitching depth will likely be more important than ever in determining which team is crowned World Series champion. Expanding the postseason from 10 to 16 teams means more games, and MLB is accommodating that with..." September 15

  • World Series at Arlington, first time at one site since 1944

    CBS Dallas Forth Worth "The World Series will be played entirely at the Texas Rangers’ new ballpark in Arlington as part of a bubble agreement between Major League Baseball and the players’ association, the first time the sport’s championship will be played entirely at one site since..." September 15

  • Homers, RBIs, WAR ... conscience? In MLB's difficult 2020 season, who is MVP material?

    Yahoo! Sports "At the end of a two-month season played behind a mask, at a responsible distance and between clouds of spittle, there arrives an opening to contemplate again the concept of value. Baseball value. In 2020. The value of anything, really, in 2020, when a trip to the grocery store is a..." September 15

  • Rob Manfred 'hopeful' for fan attendance during LCS and World Series games

    CBS Sports "Although MLB has yet to finalize reported plans for postseason bubbles in California and Texas, commissioner Rob Manfred is already pondering the idea of fans back in the seats for most meaningful playoff games.  Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, fans have not been..." September 14

  • 30 emerging players primed for big futures

    MLB.com "For all the talk about how short this season has been, there has been plenty that every team has learned about itself. And one of the key things any team can learn: Who is in this for the long haul? So, today at the Thirty, we take a look at the player on each team whose positive 2020..." September 14

  • MLB is forbidding boozy playoff celebrations

    New York Post "Teams control the alcohol. So that is one area MLB will not worry about as it insists on clinching celebrations that are more restrained, distant and outdoors. The league was still finalizing a memorandum it expects to deliver to clubs and players this week in which it will urge..." September 14

  • Way-Too-Early Predictions for the Top 2021 MLB Free Agents

    Bleacher Report "If it seems a little early to be looking ahead to the 2020-21 Major League Baseball free-agent market, that's because it is. The regular season isn't even over yet. Still, we thought we'd get a head start on predicting which teams will claim the top..." September 14

  • Are the lights at Tropicana Field an issue? Depends on your view

    Tampa Bay Times " Is there something with the lighting at Tropicana Field that’s causing Willy Adames' extended severe struggles at home? Adames suggested that was the case Friday in explaining why he is experimenting with wearing glasses with clear and tinted — though..." September 14

  • After Albert Pujols, who will be the next MLB slugger in the 600-homer club?

    USA Today "Albert Pujols continued his climb up the all-time home run list on Sunday by hitting a two-run blast against the Colorado Rockies for No. 660 in his career. That tied the 40-year-old Los Angeles Angels slugger with Hall of Famer Willie Mays for fifth place in MLB..." September 14

  • Rays lose first baseman Ji-Man Choi for season

    Tampa Bay Times "Rays first baseman Ji-Man Choi has a Grade I hamstring strain that will sideline him for at least the rest of the regular season and likely into the playoffs. The Rays are putting Choi on the 10-day injured list and will announce a corresponding move later today. Choi was injured..." September 14

  • 2020 MLB Playoffs: Seeding Predictions and Round-by-Round Picks

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB playoffs will begin Sept. 29. If that feels soon, well, it's because it is.  The final couple of weeks of this abbreviated 60-game slate should bring ample drama as clubs jockey for position in the expanded 16-team postseason field. While we wait for..." September 13

  • Rays Acquire Outfielder Michael Gigliotti From Royals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have acquired speedy outfielder Michael Gigliotti from the Royals to complete a July 21st trade, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times (via Twitter). The deal allowed Kansas City to keep control over Rule 5 draft pick Stephen Woods Jr. The Royals have announced the..." September 12

  • Nathan Eovaldi Will Return To Mound Saturday For Red Sox Vs. Rays

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox will get back a key piece to their pitching staff this weekend. Manager Ron Roenicke revealed Nathan Eovaldi will return to the mound Saturday when Boston takes on the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field. The pitcher has been sidelined since the end of August with a..." September 12

  • Rays' all-lefty lineup a first in MLB history

    MLB.com "The Rays are making baseball history on Friday night. With Tampa Bay set to face the Red Sox and right-handed pitcher Andrew Triggs at Tropicana Field, manager Kevin Cash filled his lineup card with nine left-handed batters. This marks the first time in Major League history -- going..." September 11

  • Full Count: Impending free agents not doing themselves any favors

    The Score "The upcoming offseason was always going to be a nightmare for free agents. Reduced revenues in 2020 because of the pandemic are set to precipitate a winter of austerity, with many teams looking to cut costs rather than spend big. Uncertainty over the game's financial future beyond..." September 11

  • Rays Acquire INF Pedro Martinez From Cubs

    Bleacher Nation "When the Cubs acquired (theoretical) lefty masher Jose Martinez from the Rays, the deal was for two players to be named later or cash. Because players not on the 60-man had to be dubbed PTBNLs this year, we knew there was a chance there was at least one legit prospect in the..." September 10

  • MLB, MLBPA close to agreement on neutral sites for playoff bubbles

    Yardbarker "The MLB and MLB Players Association are closing in on an agreement for where the playoffs will be played, with the World Series set to be played at Globe Life Field, a neutral site in Arlington, Texas. Currently, the MLB plans to implement a two-bubble strategy, with separate..." September 10

  • MLB considering two playoff bubbles and neutral-site World Series at Rangers' Globe Life Field

    CBS Sports "At this point, we're close enough to MLB's regular-season finish line to know that the 2020 season -- the 60-game version -- is going to finish. It's going to be one of the craziest things we've ever seen in the sport, and no doubt the most doubleheaders in such a short time..." September 09

  • Who are the hottest rookies right now?

    MLB.com "Another week, another slew of exciting big league callups for top prospects. From MLB Pipeline's Top 100 Prospects list alone, we saw the Pirates’ Ke’Bryan Hayes, Miami's Jazz Chisholm, and the Yankees’ Deivi García and Clarke Schmidt make their Major..." September 07

  • Rays' Ryan Yarbrough returning to rotation Tuesday

    Yardbarker "Ryan Yarbrough will return to the Tampa Bay Rays rotation on Tuesday against the Nationals, per Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times. Yarbrough doesn’t have the name appeal of many of his rotation mates, but he’s developed into a solid rotation arm for the Rays...." September 07

  • MLB power rankings; New York Yankees slide, Mets climb

    Sportsnaut "The MLB season is speeding by a with the postseason right around the corner and the regular season has been full of surprises. As the final month of the regular season rolls on, the New York Yankees are sliding down the MLB standings and our latest MLB power rankings. Unsurprisingly,..." September 07

  • MLB power play will end Minor League Baseball as we know it

    Sportsnaut "It has been a devastating 2020 calendar year for Minor League Baseball. The season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With this cancellation came the loss of jobs throughout the minors — players themselves included. Sadly, this is going to be taken to a whole new..." September 05

  • Way-Too-Early Team-by-Team MLB Free-Agency Predictions Post-2020 Trade Deadline

    Bleacher Report "The 2020 MLB trade deadline has come and gone. The focus now is on the fast-approaching postseason, with its expanded 16-team format. While we wait for the October excitement to unfold, let's make some way-too-early offseason free-agency predictions. This..." September 04

  • Tampa Bay Rays activate RHP Nick Anderson and OF Brett Phillips, option LHP Ryan Sherriff

    DRays Bay "Prior to Friday’s series opener against the Miami Marlins, the Tampa Bay Rays announced that they have activated right-handed pitcher Nick Anderson and outfielder Brett Phillips. In the corresponding roster moves, the Rays optioned left-handed pitcher Ryan Sherriff and right-handed..." September 04

  • 10 MLB stars that could be on the move this winter

    CBS Sports "Major League Baseball's trade deadline passed Monday afternoon, with Mike Clevinger serving as the biggest name to change teams. Clubs will now be unable to make external additions through the rest of the 2020 MLB season, but that doesn't mean that the speculation..." September 03

  • Why it's time for Major League Baseball to ban the shift

    CBS Sports "Maybe I just needed to get north of 40 years old to achieve my "old man yells at clouds" moment, but it's arrived.  I've held out for years. For a long time, when I heard people say "ban the shift" my response was that hitters should adjust and the..." September 03

  • Yanks-Rays delayed by drone over stadium

    CBS Sports "Wednesday's game between the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays was stopped in the bottom of the first because of a "drone delay." After the second base umpire pointed to something in the sky and motioned for teams to leave the field, the cameras picked up an..." September 02

  • Rob Manfred: Fans acted like MLB rule changes were ‘crime against humanity’

    Sportress of Blogitude "  Rob Manfred is perhaps the most embattled commissioner in all of American professional sports, and his recent critical comments about fans are not likely to garner him more support among them.   The MLB commissioner recently took part in an..." September 02

  • Aaron Boone responds to apparent threat from Rays manager Kevin Cash

    Larry Brown Sports "Tampa Bay Rays manager Kevin Cash seemingly issued a threat toward the New York Yankees following a heated game on Tuesday night, and Aaron Boone did not appreciate it. Benches cleared with two outs in the ninth inning of New York’s win over the Rays when Aroldis Chapman nearly..." September 02

  • MLB needs to punish Yankees and Rays for ill-timed debacle

    New York Post "Nope. Not in this COVID baseball season. Not at this tempestuous moment in our country’s history. I’m betting Rob Manfred and his deputies will correctly agree. An important Yankees victory Tuesday night — 5-3 over the rival Rays at Yankee..." September 02

  • Rays’ Kevin Cash makes a ‘scary’ Yankees threat after Aroldis Chapman fiasco

    New York Post "The bad blood between the Yankees and Rays has been building for years, and it intensified Tuesday night when Aroldis Chapman fired a 101 mph fastball behind Mike Brosseau’s head with two outs in the top of the ninth of the Yankees’ 5-3 win. The pitch just missed..." September 02

  • Rays Place Yandy Diaz On 10-Day Injured List

    DRays Bay "Prior to Tuesday night’s contest against the New York Yankees, the Tampa Bay Rays have placed infielder Yandy Diez on the 10-day Injured List with a right hamstring strain and have activated infielder Nate Lowe to take his place on the roster. Diaz has been an on base machine..." September 01

  • 2021 MLB Draft to be held in Atlanta before All-Star Game

    The Score "The 2021 MLB Draft will take place in Atlanta from July 11 to 13, sources told Carlos Collazo and J.J. Cooper of Baseball America. Next year's event will be at least 20 rounds - and up to as many as 30 - based on an agreement between the league and the Major League Baseball..." September 01

  • Rays Reinstate Brendan McKay From IL, Designate Anthony Banda

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Rays have reinstated Brendan McKay from the injured list and sent him to the team’s alternate training site.  Left-hander Anthony Banda has been designated for assignment to create a 40-man roster spot. " August 31

  • Charlie Morton On Track To Return Wednesday

    Rotoworld "Tampa Bay Rays right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is slated to return to the hill for Wednesday’s contest against the Yankees. Morton, who last appeared Aug. 9 due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder... " August 31