• Kris Bryant not discouraged by hitless debut in Cubs' loss

    ESPN Chicago "Kris Bryant absorbed the sights, smells and sounds of Wrigley Field. He cherished playing in front of 30,000 charged-up fans. He appreciated all the family members and friends who turned out for his big league debut. Only two things were missing: a hit and a win. The prized power prospect of..." April 18

  • Masahiro Tanaka: I still have to build up my arm strength

    New York Post "Arm strength among starting pitchers isn’t fully developed until they have worked 60 to 70 regular season innings. It has been a staple of the craft forever. So, it wasn’t surprising to hear Masahiro Tanaka say he continues to build arm strength after two subpar starts, in which he has worked a..." April 18

  • Ruben Amaro on Andy Oliver's decision to elect free agency: "I think it was a very foolish move on his part"

    Hardball Talk "The Phillies made a pair of selections in this past winter’s Rule 5 draft. They took second baseman Odubel Herrera from the Rangers and converted him to a center fielder, and they took left-handed pitcher Andy Oliver from the Pirates. Oliver was competing for a spot in the Phillies’ bullpen and..." April 18

  • Giancarlo Stanton on Marlins: 'The fire is not there'

    ESPN.com "A frustrated Giancarlo Stanton was critical of the struggling Marlins, saying that they are "not really giving ourselves a chance" to win and that "the fire is not there" following Miami's latest loss. Stanton homered for the second straight game in Friday's 4-1 loss to the New York Mets but..." April 18

  • Angels' Mike Scioscia not convinced Josh Hamilton getting help he needs

    Los Angeles Times "Angels Manager Mike Scioscia came away from a meeting with Josh Hamilton with a feeling of "frustration" that the outfielder is not getting enough help and support after suffering a substance abuse relapse that has triggered an ugly dispute with the team. "We feel that there's really no clarity..." April 18

  • Mark Buehrle could retire after 2015 season

    CBSSports.com "Mark Buehrle is considering retirement after the year, according to people in position to know. Buehrle, 201-152 with a 3.81 ERA lifetime, has been the hallmark of consistency throughout a brilliant career but will also be remembered for some spectacular moments, such as two no-hitters (one a..." April 18

  • Justin Verlander officially ruled out for Tuesday's start; Kyle Lobstein will start against Yankees

    Michigan Live "Detroit Tigers starting pitcher Justin Verlander was a long shot to start Tuesday's game against the New York Yankees. Now, he has no shot. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus officially ruled out Verlander for Tuesday's start and announced early Friday that left-hander Kyle Lobstein will start in..." April 18

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    Jeff Fletcher @JeffFletcherOCR

    Josh Hamilton met with at least Scioscia, Ebel, Wilson, Freese, Cowgill, Calhoun. Angels

  • Next up on the Cubs hype train: Addison Russell

    CBSSports.com "Friday afternoon in Wrigley Field, baseball's top slugging prospect will debut for the Cubs. Everyone here should know by now that the man we are discussing is Kris Bryant. The next big prospect for the Cubs is also unbelievably talented, though, and it might not be long before he joins Bryant in..." April 18

  • Cubs promote top prospect Kris Bryant, 23, for MLB debut

    ESPN Chicago "The Chicago Cubs will promote top prospect Kris Bryant on Friday, paving the way for his major league debut, according to a source familiar with the situation. He will take third baseman Mike Olt's roster spot as Olt will go on the disabled list with a hairline fracture in his wrist suffered..." April 17

  • MLB contacted Marlins over Carter Capps' unusual delivery

    CBSSports.com "The Marlins were contacted by Major League Baseball officials over relief pitcher Carter Capps' unusual hop-step delivery, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The league spoke with the Marlins to clarify what made some of his pitches illegal. Check out Capps' unorthodox mechanics for yourself here..." April 17

  • Prospect Corey Seager's position switch could fast-track him to the majors

    ESPN.com "The Los Angeles Dodgers can’t match the prospect news generated by the Chicago Cubs, who promoted slugging third baseman Kris Bryant on Friday, but something quite significant happened in their system Thursday night. Top prospect Corey Seager played third base for Double-A Tulsa. It wasn’t the..." April 17

  • 19h
    John Lott @LottOnBaseball

    Reyes has a small crack in a left rib. #BlueJays plan to give him the weekend off and determine next move after Monday’s off-day. (1/2)

  • 17h
    Mark Sheldon @m_sheldon

    Mesoraco says he is still not ready to catch but is available to PH. Says he has impingement in his left hip. Trying to avoid DL #reds

  • Ian Kennedy on Track for April 25 Return

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Friday morning, Ian Kennedy took another step toward returning from his left hamstring strain, throwing a bullpen session at Wrigley Field. Sunday, the Padres right-hander will fly to Arizona, where he will start an extended spring training game Monday. Five days after that, he is eligible to come..." April 17

  • Brewers to place Gomez on 15-day DL after MRI reveals tear in hamstring

    The Score "The Milwaukee Brewers' outfield depth will be tested after the club received some bad news regarding Carlos Gomez's MRI on Thursday. Tests revealed a small tear in Gomez's hamstring, which will force the club to place the All-Star center fielder on the 15-day disabled list. Gomez received a..." April 17

  • Rehabbed Brewers pitcher: Angels should support Josh Hamilton

    USA Today "Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jeremy Jeffress has never met Josh Hamilton, but knows everything about him. He has never used drugs with Hamilton, but understands everything about the addiction. Jeffress, who twice has been suspended from baseball for smoking marijuana in the minor leagues, and..." April 17

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    Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

    Chris Archer hit a couple of Jays; Evan Longoria just got hit in the hip and had to come out of the game. Archer not happy…

  • Yankees’ Alex Rodriguez still hasn’t paid legal bills from Biogenesis defense: court papers

    New York Daily News "The Biogenesis saga continues for Alex Rodriguez thanks to his mysterious refusal to pay a relatively small legal bill left over from his ill-fated 2013 challenge to a doping suspension. Court papers recently served on Rodriguez shed some light on the inner workings of the legal army he..." April 16

  • The Yankees are interested in the Braves’ top prospect, Jose Peraza

    Hardball Talk "George King of the New York Post reports that the Yankees have told the Braves that they’re interested in their top prospect, infielder Jose Peraza. They’re scouting him as well. Peraza, who is playing second base for the Braves’ Triple-A club, is actually a natural shortstop. He’s got the..." April 16

  • Cowlishaw: Why the Rangers should trade for Josh Hamilton

    Dallas Morning News "Now that the Rangers and Angels have finished playing each other, they should take the next step. And that’s talking to each other. About Josh Hamilton. It's not out of the question. It's not crazy. Certain aspects of a Hamilton-back-to-Texas deal make a lot of sense. There are three..." April 16

  • ‘I don’t miss it at all': Jeter

    New York Post "Think Derek Jeter misses his baseball career? Guess again. Jeter surfaced Wednesday night, being interviewed by his own The Players Tribune on SiriusXM Mad Dog Radio, and answered that question emphatically. “The question I always got was, ‘Do you miss it?’ and I always say, ‘Wait until..." April 16

  • Brian Cashman: Yankees' 'defensive mistakes have been shocking'

    ESPN.com "New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is as dumbfounded as any of the team's fans by the poor performance of his club through its first nine games of the 2015 season. "Our defensive mistakes have been shocking," a clearly frustrated Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Thursday. "Our..." April 16

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    John Blake @RangerBlake

    Adrian Beltre is the recipient of the 2015 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award which goes annually to MLB Player who exemplifies character of Gehrig.

  • 1d
    New York Yankees @Yankees

    OF Brett Gardner had an MRI in Tampa, reconfirming a bone bruise on his right wrist as previously diagnosed by Monday's X-ray.

  • 1d
    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    Jays SS Reyes left the game after the B1 because of soreness in his left rib area. #Rays-Jays scoreless after 1

  • 1d
    MLBLineups @mlblineups

    4/16 @Marlins lineup vs NYM Gordon 2B Yelich LF Stanton RF Prado 3B Morse 1B Ozuna CF Realmuto C Hechavarria SS Cosart P

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    RMooneyTBO @RMooneyTBO

    #Rays sign catcher J.C. Arencibia to a minor league deal. He is expected to play at Durham

  • 1d
    Byron Kerr @masnKerr

    MW says Craig Stammen Torn flexor will require surgery Possible to miss rest of the season

  • Carlos Gomez exits game with hamstring injury

    Sporting News "Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez exited Wednesday's game against the Cardinals in St. Louis after appearing to injure himself beating out the back end of a double play in the top of the ninth inning. Gomez told reporters after the game that he felt a pull in his right hamstring about halfway..." April 16

  • New hitting approach paying big dividends for Lucas Duda

    New York Post "In the absence of David Wright, the Mets may have to adopt an all-hands-on-deck mantra to replace the offense provided by their injured captain. Just don’t tell Lucas Duda that. He has designs on carrying the Mets all by himself. On Wednesday night, the Mets’ first baseman continued his..." April 16

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    Jordan Bastian @MLBastian

    Typo in last tweet. Rotation in Minny will be Kluber (Fri), Salazar (Sat), House (Sun)

  • Jon Lester responds to every fan's tweets about his poor start -- even the awful ones

    Chicago Sun-Times "Jon Lester is well aware that the start to his Cubs career hasn’t gone very well. Not only has Lester pitched poorly — nine earned runs in 10 1/3 innings — but he’s also got what can only be described as a case of the yips. Lester struggles to throw the ball to first base on pick-off attempts,..." April 16

  • Butler sets Oakland franchise record in Houston

    CSN Bay Area "Billy Butler extended his hitting streak to 10 games with a single to center in his first at-bat Wednesday night, setting an Oakland record for longest hitting streak to start an A’s career. Butler was tied with Alfredo Griffin, who hit in nine straight from April 9-17, 1985. " April 16

  • Games on the horizon for Blue Jays’ Saunders

    Sportsnet.ca "Toronto Blue Jays left-fielder Michael Saunders is expected to resume his rehab assignment with single-A Dunedin either Thursday or Friday after taking a few days off to rest some tightness in his right hamstring. Saunders ran sprints and the bases Wednesday, ramping back up after leaving a..." April 16

  • Angels reportedly protected by provisions in Josh Hamilton's contract

    Sporting News "The Angels could be protected by language in Josh Hamilton’s contract if both sides decide to escalate their dispute over the former MVP’s status with the club. Fox Sports reported Hamilton’s contract contains three separate provisions allowing them to terminate the deal or convert it to..." April 15

  • Curtis Granderson: Lack of black players in MLB is ‘big problem’

    Larry Brown Sports "Curtis Granderson remains concerned about the lack of black players in professional baseball. The New York Mets outfielder spoke with “HuffPost Live” on Jackie Robinson Day and said the lack of black players in MLB is “definitely a big problem.” “We consider baseball the American pastime,”..." April 15

  • Diamondbacks call up $68.5 million project Yasmany Tomas

    Hardball Talk "Tomas was optioned to the minors at the end of spring training because the D’Backs didn’t have enough room for him to get regular at-bats. And it’s hard to figure how that situation has changed over the past 10 days. Tomas was playing exclusively in right field at Reno, so the third base..." April 15

  • Giancarlo Stanton ditches protective mask for first time this season

    Yahoo! Sports "It wasn't at all surprising to see Giancarlo Stanton break out of his early season batting slump in Miami's 8-2 win over Atlanta on Tuesday. However, he did do something that was a little unexpected. For the first time since being hit in the face with a fastball last September, Stanton went to..." April 15

  • Report: MLB monitoring irregular bounces on Rogers Centre turf

    SI.com "Major League Baseball is "actively monitoring" the turf at the Toronto Blue Jays' Rogers Centre due to irregular bounces over the team's first two home games, reports Fox Sports' Jon Morosi. ​The Rogers Centre turf was switched from AstroTurf GameDay Grass 3D to AstroTurf 3D Xtreme prior to..." April 15

  • Verlander tires in sim game; won't start Tuesday

    Detroit News "It's not what Justin Verlander wanted because what he wanted was perfection. He truly hoped that after not throwing off a mound to hitters for 20 days because of a triceps strain, he'd throw 35 pitches in the bullpen and then throw four innings of a simulated game, some 60 more pitches, and be..." April 15

  • Nationals' Desmond on 6 errors in 8 games: 'I don't know what to do'

    The Score "Less than two weeks into the season and Ian Desmond's already a quarter of the way through matching his shortstop-leading 24 errors from a year ago. Making matters worse, five of his six errors have led to 10 unearned runs against his 2-6 last-place Washington Nationals. No one mistake,..." April 15

  • Yankees ignore A-Rod's upcoming HR milestone in press release

    New York Daily News "When is a milestone not really a milestone? When the Yankees decide it’s not, apparently. The team is not including Alex Rodriguez’s pursuit of Willie Mays’ No. 4 spot on the all-time home runs list as part of its daily “Upcoming Milestones” sheet, which distributed to the media prior to every..." April 15

  • Mets ready to move on without Wright, call up 3B Eric Campbell

    New York Post "Either the Mets were faking it or they are fully prepared to go on without their captain. Rap music blared as the clubhouse doors opened, and while the atmosphere wasn’t boisterous following Tuesday night’s 6-5 win over the Phillies at Citi Field in which David Wright likely was lost for the..." April 15

  • Tanner Scheppers fined, suspended by Texas League after getting tossed from rehab game

    Sporting News "By tradition, major league players who are sent to play in the minors on rehab assignments usually make a magnanimous gesture like springing for a better postgame meal than the usual steam-table spread. Tanner Scheppers took it a bit further over the weekend, and the law is coming for..." April 15

  • Adam Ottavino has been named the Rockies' new closer

    Denver Post "There was plenty of drama at AT&T Park Tuesday night, what with Nolan Arenado's catch for the ages and another Rockies road victory. But some of the drama ended when manager Walt Weiss informed right-hander Adam Ottavino that he is the Rockies' new closer. Ottavino responded by shutting the..." April 15

  • Nationals' Ian Desmond: 'Don't know what to do' after six costly errors

    ESPN.com "Washington Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond, who has made six errors in eight games, is at a complete loss for his struggles in the field. His latest gaffe led to three unearned runs in the seventh inning of an 8-7 loss to the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. After misplaying a ground ball by..." April 15

  • Angels' Richards expected to make season debut Sunday

    The Score "Los Angeles Angels right-hander Garrett Richards is on pace to kick start his season on Sunday against the Houston Astros. Richards, who is recovering from season-ending knee surgery, is scheduled to pitch for Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday and will be activated from the disabled list if things..." April 15

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    Cleveland Indians @Indians

    CARRASCO UPDATE: Carrasco's jaw is sore on both sides and he will be pushed back a day. He will start in Chicago on Monday vs. the Sox.

  • Smyly (shoulder) likely to debut on April 29

    Tampa Tribune "LHP Drew Smyly (shoulder tendinitis) threw 40 pitches (28 strikes) over three innings Tuesday for Class A Charlotte. He threw 12 more pitches in the bullpen to get his pitch count above 50. Smyly is scheduled to make his third minor league rehab start Sunday in Jacksonville with Double-A..." April 15