• A Twins player confronted Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer over criticism

    CBS Sports "The Minnesota Twins are terrible. In fact, at 11-32, they own the worst record in the majors -- even one game worse than the also-awful Atlanta Braves. Saying as much shouldn't be out of line, but apparently one Twins player would take exception. Per Twins play-by-play man Dick Bremer, he was..." May 24

  • Braves acquire Brian Matusz from Orioles, and in essence purchase another draft pick

    CBS Sports "The Orioles announced Monday they have traded left-hander Brian Matusz to the Braves in exchange for minor-league pitchers Trevor Balicek and Brandon Barker. As well, the Braves will receive the Orioles' Competitive Balance Round B pick (76th overall) in the upcoming June MLB Draft. Matusz, 29,..." May 23

  • Family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sues Tobacco Industry Over His Death

    New York Times "The family of Tony Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer who died of salivary gland cancer in 2014, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against the tobacco industry, charging that Gwynn had been manipulated into the addiction to smokeless tobacco that ultimately killed him. The suit was filed in..." May 23

  • Rangers' Josh Hamilton to have season-ending knee surgery

    Sports Day "Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton, who has been struggling to recover following offseason knee surgeries, will undergo another operation on his knee, ending his season. " May 23

  • Group calls on MLB, San Diego city authorities to investigate anthem incident

    ESPN "The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus has been invited back to Petco Park to sing the national anthem after Saturday's controversy. The executive director of the chorus had called for an investigation by Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres after a woman's voice singing the "Star Spangled..." May 23

  • Ohlendorf avoids suspension after winning appeal

    Cincinnati Enquirer "Reds relief pitcher Ross Ohlendorf won his appeal, confirmed by The Enquirer's Zach Buchanan after it was first reported by ESPN.com's Jerry Crasnick via Twitter, and his three-game suspension and fine have been revoked. " May 23

  • Kiermaier to miss 8-10 weeks with broken left hand

    MLB Daily Dish "Kiermaier will require surgery and will miss 8-10 weeks, according to Topkin. The length of his absence is longer than many anticipated, leading Tampa Bay without their offensive catalyst through at least mid-July. It is unclear if the Rays will look to replace Kiermaier by adding someone..." May 23

  • Victorino comeback bid on hold after Cubs release

    Chicago Tribune "The Chicago Cubs released veteran outfielder Shane Victorino from his minor league contract Monday. Victorino, 35, never got untracked after suffering a calf strain in spring training." May 23

  • Duda diagnosed with stress fracture in lower back

    SI "New York Mets first baseman Lucas Duda has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back, the team announced Monday. There is no set timetable for his return, but the team expects him to be out four to six weeks. Duda was scratched from this weekend’s games..." May 23

  • Marlins held a private workout for Cuban free agent Yadiel Hernandez

    Baseball America "Yadiel Hernandez, a 28-year-old Cuban outfielder, had a private workout with the Marlins at Marlins Park on Saturday, with president of baseball operations Michael Hill among those in attendance. Hernandez, who is a free agent exempt from the international bonus pools, is a lefthanded corner..." May 23

  • Vogelsong carted off field after being hit in face by pitch

    SB Nation "This is not good. The Pirates' starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong took a pitch to the face during a bases-loaded at-bat in the second inning against the Rockies, and had to be carted off the field. He's been taken to a nearby hospital for further evaluation. The pitch got away from Rockies' Jordan..." May 23

  • Solving the mystery behind Giancarlo Stanton's epic slump

    CBS Sports "Marlins cloutsman Giancarlo Stanton is not having a characteristic season in 2016. After Sunday's loss to Max Scherzer and the Nationals (WAS 8, MIA 2), Stanton is now batting .211/.324/.469. Thanks to Stanton's secondary skills, those aren't bad numbers at the OPS level. However, they are..." May 23

  • MLB rekindling high-sock era with new partnership

    The Score "Back in the day, it was a thing. In modern-day baseball, players love their bat decals, elbow guards, shin guards, and anything else that makes them look the part. So with the "look good, feel good" mantra in full swing at most every level, MLB is doing its part to make the sport fun again by..." May 23

  • David Aardsma Opts Out Of Blue Jays Contract

    MLB Trade Rumors "Veteran reliever David Aardsma has opted out of his minor league contract with the Blue Jays, MLBTR has learned (Twitter link). The right-hander is free to sign with any club. Aardsma, 34, spent a considerable chunk of the 2015 campaign with the Braves, tallying 30 2/3 innings out of the team’s..." May 23

  • Donaldson: MLB needs to protect hitters getting thrown at

    Sportsnet "After nearly being hit twice by pitches that he deemed to be intentionally thrown at him, Josh Donaldson has had enough. “Major League Baseball has to do something about this,” Donaldson said after the Blue Jays’ 3-1 victory over the Minnesota Twins Sunday. “They say they’re trying to protect..." May 23

  • Pirates don't want to rush Tyler Glasnow, Jameson Taillon to majors

    ESPN "Pittsburgh Pirates general manager Neal Huntington does not want to rush the organization's top two pitching prospects, Tyler Glasnow and Jameson Taillon, to the majors this season. But Huntington also acknowledged that Glasnow and Taillon "probably" will be in a Pirates uniform at some point..." May 23

  • GM Farhan Zaidi evasive as to when Julio Urias might be called up

    Orange County Register "Dodgers GM Farhan Zaidi knows how good Julio Urias is. He saw it first hand. Zaidi was in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago when Urias pitched six no-hit innings against the New Orleans Zephyrs. That is part of a 27-inning scoreless streak the 19-year-old Urias currently has going. But Zaidi and..." May 23

  • Don't forget about the Giants

    SB Nation "The Giants are 27-19 and three games up in the National League West. They've won nine of their last 10 and games, and are 15-6 in May after a 12-13 April. They're playing much better baseball than you would suspect given their run differential, too: the Giants have given up at least 10 runs in..." May 23

  • No panic, only small frustration setting in as Cubs drop another series

    ESPN "So you probably want to know what it’s like inside the Chicago Cubs' clubhouse during their first tough stretch of the season. After dropping a 1-0 game to the San Francisco Giants on Sunday night, the Cubs have lost two consecutive series. They’re not scoring like they were a couple of weeks ago,..." May 23

  • Padres discipline employee after San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is drowned out singing national anthem

    Los Angeles Times "The San Diego Padres said late Sunday that it had disciplined an employee and stopped working with a contractor who was responsible for marring the performance of the national anthem by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. The choir's Saturday performance was drowned out by a recording of a woman..." May 23

  • Trout removed from game as precaution

    MLB.com "Angels center fielder Mike Trout tweaked his right ankle while rounding third base in the seventh inning of Sunday's eventual 10-2 win over the Orioles, prompting him to be removed from the game shortly thereafter. The move, however, was merely precautionary." May 23

  • Mets 'real concerned' about Lucas Duda's bad back

    Newark Star-Ledger "They won't know anything concrete until Monday, but the outlook for Mets first baseman Lucas Duda doesn't sound good, at least if you let manager Terry Collins say it. "I'm real concerned, there's no question," Collins said Sunday "I'm really concerned that this is going to keep this guy out a..." May 23

  • Rougned Odor will have his appeal hearing on Tuesday, should start suspension on Friday

    Sports Day "Rougned Odor's appeal hearing on his eight-game suspension for punching Jose Bautista will be held Tuesday, three major league sources confirmed Sunday. Odor's original suspension was handed out Tuesday. He appealed and the punishment was held in abeyance until such time that a hearing could be..." May 23

  • Judd Apatow to co-direct '30 for 30' on Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry

    Sporting News "Hollywood A-lister Judd Apatow will co-direct an upcoming "30 for 30" documentary on 1980s Mets superstars Dwight Gooden and Darryl Strawberry. ESPN announced last week that the "Trainwreck" director would work with "You Don't Know Bo" director Michael Bonfiglio on "Doc & Darryl," which is set..." May 23

  • Bradley's single extends hitting streak to 27 games

    Boston Herald "The Indians made Jackie Bradley Jr. work for the fifth-inning single that extended his hitting streak to 27 games on Sunday afternoon. They walked him again his first time up, giving him his sixth walk in his first 10 plate appearances of the three-game series. Indians pitching coach Mickey..." May 22

  • Gibbons receives 3rd ejection in 5 games

    The Score "Toronto Blue Jays manager John Gibbons is making a habit of watching his team close out games from the clubhouse instead of the dugout. After coming out to defend Josh Donaldson in the top of the fifth inning - the reigning AL MVP was thrown at twice by Minnesota Twins right-hander Phil Hughes..." May 22

  • A’s place All-Star Sonny Gray on their crammed DL

    San Francisco Chronicle "Throughout his poor start to the 2016 season, Sonny Gray and the A’s have insisted that the team ace is healthy, but after yet another disappointing outing on Friday, Oakland placed Gray on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right trapezius muscle. “We just made a decision to try to knock..." May 22

  • San Diego Padres, Gay Choir at Odds over Botched Anthem

    The Big Lead "In a tremendous mixup last night, the San Diego Padres invited a gay choir to sing the national anthem, then played a recording of the anthem sung by a woman, as the choir stood looking around for somebody to do something. The members of the choir were heckled, with some fans shouting they sang..." May 22

  • Darryl Strawberry uses an emoji to sign his last name in text messages

    SB Nation "The use of emojis these days is either perfect or entirely too much. I guess if my last name was an emoji though, I'd use it too. " May 22

  • Yankees' dugout victimized by plumbing issues at Oakland Coliseum

    ESPN "There were plumbing issues in the visitors dugout at the Oakland Coliseum before the start of Saturday's game against the New York Yankees. Several maintenance workers spent nearly an hour trying to fix a backed up toilet while a member of the Coliseum staff mopped up the standing water seeping..." May 22

  • Mets slot Harvey in for Tuesday after sim game

    MLB.com "As teammates clambered to the top step of the dugout, Matt Harvey took the mound Saturday amid an unusual scene at Citi Field. Throwing multiple innings in a simulated game, Harvey put in the extra work that he hopes will help him begin climbing out of his career-worst funk. A good chunk of the..." May 22

  • Donaldson: I wasn't talking to umpire when ejected

    Sportsnet "Josh Donaldson’s first-inning groundout Saturday afternoon was as innocuous as they come. But the aftermath was anything but. As Donaldson watched the slow grounder to short, he jogged up the first base line, turning around once he’d been retired to return to his dugout. As he made his way..." May 22

  • Chip Hale not in favor of proposed rule changes

    Arizona Republic "Major League Baseball reportedly is considering changes to both the strike zone and intentional walks, but Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said he’d prefer the game remain the way it is. Sources told ESPN.com that baseball’s competition committee approved a pair of recommended changes for next..." May 22

  • Will the Blue Jays trade Drew Storen?

    Toronto Sun "Usually two clubs a combined 23 games under .500 don’t draw a lot of scouts in the month of May. When this series began, the Jays were four games under (19-23) and the Twins were 19 below water level (10-29), yet they drew a crowd of evaluators. And one name of a player that the Blue Jays..." May 22

  • Umpire strikes back after Adam Eaton questions strike zone

    Chicago Tribune "It wasn't over till after it was over late Friday for Adam Eaton. Last call for the White Sox right fielder came courtesy of plate umpire Hunter Wendelstedt. But Eaton wasn't ready to go home. Or leave home. The umpire struck back when he called out Eaton on strikes to conclude a 4-1 loss..." May 22

  • Yu Darvish set to make season debut next week

    Sporting News "Rangers ace Yu Darvish is close to starting his first regular season game since 2014. After undergoing Tommy John surgery 14 months ago, Darvish is set to make his season debut next Saturday, according to Fox Sports." May 22

  • Jackie Bradley Jr. runs hitting streak to 26 games with an infield hit

    CBS Sports "The breakout season for Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. continued Saturday with an infield hit in the bottom of the sixth inning, extending his MLB-best hitting streak to 26 games. " May 22

  • Braves Sign Lucas Harrell, Rob Wooten To Minor League Deals

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have signed a pair of right-handers – Lucas Harrell and Rob Wooten – to minor league contracts, the team announced. Harrell is a client of Frontline Athlete Management, while the Ballengee Group represents Wooten. A former starter for multiple teams, primarily the Astros, Harrell has..." May 22

  • Rougned Odor paid autograph session gets called off

    ESPN "A memorabilia store manager had to cancel an autograph signing by Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor after "it got too big, too fast." Store manager Brett Kravitz told ESPN on Saturday afternoon that the June 4 event, in which Odor would sign photos of his punch to Jose Bautista's face..." May 21

  • The Twins and Rays have struggled to win through the draft

    MLB Daily Dish "When a team starts to struggle, it's natural to ask "how exactly did we get here?" Yes, bad trades and free agent signings probably played some role. But more likely is that a team just got older, players left via free agency, and the club was unable to produce youngsters to replace that..." May 21

  • Mattingly not ready to move slumping Stanton from cleanup spot

    MLB.com "Mired in one of the worst slumps of his career, Giancarlo Stanton got some early work in on Friday afternoon. For about 45 minutes before the team came out to stretch, the three-time All-Star took batting practice on the field, working closely with hitting coach Barry Bonds and manager Don..." May 21

  • Chipper Jones hasn’t ruled out managing Braves

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "On Atlanta's 680-AM The Fan this morning, Chipper Jones had "no comment" when asked about his interest in being the Atlanta Braves manager. The former Braves slugger appeared with Sandra Golden and Brian Finneran on their "Front Row" show. (Co-host Steak Shapiro was away in Vegas.) Chipper..." May 21

  • Scott Boras Says Mets Not at Fault for any Matt Harvey Struggles

    Fox Sports "When I asked Scott Boras about struggling Mets right-hander Matt Harvey on Friday, he started talking about a pitcher who had a 6.55 ERA last May 30 before going on the disabled list with neck stiffness. “If I gave you those numbers, you would have to say that this pitcher is in the dumps,”..." May 21

  • Jersey from Bryce Harper-Jonathan Papelbon scuffle for sale at auction

    CSN Mid-Atlantic "You can now own a unique piece of Washington Nationals history, as the jersey Bryce Harper wore during his dugout fight with Jonathan Papelbon last September is now up for auction. Harper even signed it. The game-worn, dirt-stained uniform is now available to the highest bidder through..." May 21

  • MLB auctioning off clothes from Brad Ausmus’ ejection

    Larry Brown Sports "If you enjoyed the spectacle of Brad Ausmus’ ejection on Monday night, then now’s your chance to own quite the collectible. MLB.com is auctioning off the clothing worn by the Detroit Tigers manager during his memorable ejection. That includes the hooded sweatshirt he took off and put on home..." May 21

  • Addison Russell is emerging into an elite shortstop

    Beyond The Boxscore "The historical start of the Chicago Cubs has seen no shortage of contributors. From Anthony Rizzo all the way down to David Ross, it's certainly been a delicious treat to watch this team early on in the season (provided you're not a fan that resides in either the greater Pittsburgh or St. Louis..." May 21

  • Changes to strike zone, intentional walks approved

    ESPN "A new strike zone could be on baseball's horizon and the old-fashioned intentional walk could be a thing of the past after both were agreed to by the competition committee at Major League Baseball's owners meetings this week, sources said. The potentially dramatic changes could be in effect by..." May 21

  • Yankees' Joe Girardi: Blame me for all the mental errors

    Newark Star-Ledger "OAKLAND, Calif. — Like everyone else who saw the Yankees' 4-1 win in Oakland on Thursday night, manager Joe Girardi couldn't believe all the mental mistakes his players made. Carlos Beltran forgot the outs and didn't score from second on a dropped flyball to right. Chase Headley was picked..." May 21

  • Coco Crisp selling house with own baseball diamond

    Wall Street Journal "Oakland Athletics outfielder Coco Crisp is asking $9.995 million for his Rancho Mirage, Calif. property, which has its own baseball diamond, according to listing agents Rachelle Rosten and Sally Forster Jones of John Aaroe Group. Located outside Palm Springs in the Coachella Valley, the roughly..." May 21

  • Tim Lincecum '20-30' days away from making Angels debut

    Sporting News "Tim Lincecum passed his physical and completed his move to the Angels on Thursday, but don't expect to see him pitching for the Halos anytime soon. According to the Los Angeles Times, Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Friday that Lincecum should need 20-30 days in the minors before..." May 21

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