• Robinson Cano struggles with digestive ailment amid miserable season

    Sporting News "Few hitters have been as consistent as Robinson Cano over the past decade. His managers could always pencil him into the lineup, as he has played at least 157 games every season since 2007, and they could always count on him for offense, with his OPS dipping below .836 only once in the last..." July 06

  • Bryce Harper to skip home run derby

    ESPN "Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is taking the night off before he plays in the All-Star Game, telling reporters Monday that he will skip the home run derby. Harper had been invited to participate in the derby for the second time. One reason Harper passed on the event is his..." July 06

  • Phillies may be wise to hold onto Cole Hamels

    Baseball Essential "As the Philadelphia Phillies wrap up their most recent losing streak — a six-gamer — speculation rages on regarding the landing spot of the franchise’s ace pitcher, Cole Hamels. Hamels will be traded as the Phillies continue the rebuilding process. Hamels, in his tenth Major League season, will..." July 06

  • Matt Garza goes on Brewers’ disabled list with shoulder injury

    Hardball Talk "Matt Garza‘s horrible season now includes a trip to the disabled list, as the Brewers placed the struggling right-hander on the shelf with shoulder tendinitis. Garza signed a four-year, $50 million deal with Milwaukee last offseason and was his usual self in Year 1, logging 163 innings with a..." July 06

  • Blue Jays pursuing Samardzija ‘strongly’

    Sportsnet "The Toronto Blue Jays’ search for pitching has reportedly led them to a familiar name. Right-hander Jeff Samardzija is being “strongly pursued” by the Blue Jays, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today. The Blue Jays aren’t alone, as other clubs, including the Los Angeles Dodgers, have also..." July 06

  • The Reds are holding up trade traffic, according to Jon Morosi

    Red Reporter "If you're a Cincinnati Reds fan that grew up in Central Kentucky, you've had the following experience happen after at least half the games you've attended at Riverfront or GABP. You leave the stadium, track down your car, and after wading through a see of walking Johnny Bench and Jay Bruce..." July 06

  • 5 bats Mets can target to platoon with regressing Juan Lagares

    New York Post "No Met has come up as frequently against righty pitching than Juan Lagares, and just about no Met has done worse in those situations. It is one thing to force-feed spinach to a child. There is a long-range benefit to that. But the Mets have to be out of the long-range benefit game now. They are..." July 06

  • Should the Yankees be buyers or sellers?

    Pinstripe Alley "Major League Baseball teams have until the end of this month to decide whether they will be buyers or sellers at this season's trade deadline. The addition of a second wild card spot allows more teams to remain in the race for the postseason, making more teams less likely to sell off their players..." July 06

  • Jayson Werth is swinging again in recovery from wrist injury

    Washington Post "Sunday’s Nationals injury update starts with good news for Washington: Jayson Werth has a bat in his hands again. Werth, who is recovering from a wrist injury suffered in mid-May, swung a fungo bat Saturday. The bat is lighter than Werth’s normal model, but Nationals Manager Matt Williams said..." July 06

  • Collins’ message to frustrated Harvey: ‘Get over’ 6-man rotation

    New York Post "Terry Collins has a message for Matt Harvey and any other Mets pitcher unhappy with the team’s six-man rotation. “They’ve got to get over it,” the Mets manager said Sunday before his team hammered the Dodgers 8-0. After his Saturday start against the Dodgers, on six days’ rest, Harvey..." July 06

  • University of Toronto engineering students build first knuckleball pitching machine

    Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey often speaks of submitting to his fickle pitch, embracing its unpredictability and accepting the mystery. He has described the knuckleball as a “metaphor for letting go.” Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and..." July 06

  • AL and NL Starters for the 2015 All-Star Game announced

    Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 06

  • David Ortiz plays first base at Fenway for first time in nine years

    CBS Sports "Red Sox warrior-poet David Ortiz did something on Sunday that he hasn't done in almost a decade. To wit, he played first base at Fenway for the first time since Aug. 5, 2006 Typically, Big Papi wields a glove only in interleague road games (and, of late, only with a right-hander on the mound..." July 05

  • Phillies acquire No. 1 international signing slot for 2015-2016 from the Diamondbacks

    Hardball Talk "It looks, at first glance, like another smart rebuilding move for the determined-to-rebuild Phils. Oliver, a fourth-round pick in 2014 out of the University of Arkansas, has a 4.98 ERA, 1.81 WHIP, and 37/55 K/BB ratio in 86 2/3 career innings between rookie ball and Low-A. Taylor, a 22-year-old..." July 05

  • Strasburg placed on the 15-day DL with oblique strain

    CSN Washington "The Nationals announced Sunday that right hander Stephen Strasburg has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left oblique strain. The injury occurred in Saturday's game against the Giants, after Strasburg induced a ground ball in the fourth inning and was seen grimacing before being..." July 05

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    Pirates claimed Travis Ishikawa off waivers from the Giants.

  • Report: Angels interested in Brewers’ Adam Lind, Gerardo Parra

    Baseball Essential "Before Jerry DiPoto resigned as general manager, the Los Angeles Angels talked to the Milwaukee Brewers about outfielder Gerardo Parra and first baseman Adam Lind, according to Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com. The Angels are on the lookout for another hitter and appear to be eyeing an..." July 05

  • Clay Buchholz not worried about trade rumors

    NESN "Clay Buchholz isn’t concerned about whether he’ll follow in the footsteps of Jon Lester, John Lackey and Jake Peavy, among others. Not every July rumor carries weight. Buchholz, the only member of the Boston Red Sox’s 2014 Opening Day rotation to not be traded at last season’s Major League..." July 05

  • Hamilton may go back on disabled list

    Fort Worth Star-Telegram "Texas Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton could be headed to the disabled list again, this time with a groin strain. Hamilton had an MRI on Saturday but the results had not been revealed as of 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Hamilton wasn’t in the Rangers lineup for Saturday’s game with the Angels. He came..." July 05

  • Is Yankees' Mark Teixeira finally over his wrist injury?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The Yankees engineered their second straight walk-off win over the Tampa Bay Rays Saturday, and once again, Mark Teixeira was at the forefront of the team's rally. On Friday, Teixeira crushed a game-tying, three-run blast in the eighth inning and added an RBI single in the 12th to help propel..." July 05

  • Report: Padres’ Ian Kennedy drawing trade interest

    Baseball Essential "This 10-game road trip very well could determine whether or not the San Diego Padres become sellers at the trade deadline. Justin Upton is a name that might become available, but one of the Padres’ starting pitchers is starting to get some attention. Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy is..." July 05

  • Garcia headed to disabled list with groin strain

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said Jaime Garcia will be placed on the 15-day disabled list with a left groin strain. "He threw his bullpen, and it didn't respond well," Matheny said. "We had it looked at, and they saw a strain." Garcia had previously thrown bullpen side sessions over the..." July 05

  • Maybin hopes Braves keep him around

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution "The Braves have Cameron Maybin under contractual control for the next two seasons but it’s uncertain if he’ll stay with the club as it transitions to the new ballpark in Cobb County for the 2017 season. Maybin said he hopes he’ll be part of the team’s future. After four years with the Padres,..." July 05

  • Braves Still Shopping Chris Johnson

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Braves have continued to look for a trade partner for third baseman Chris Johnson, FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reports in a series of tweets. In addition to deals for Johnson himself, Atlanta has also made proposals that would include Johnson along with another (more desirable) player, akin to..." July 05

  • Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

    The Outside Corner "Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball? It seems almost impossible that any franchise could ever step to the Marlins and dare displace them atop the dysfunction power rankings. Yet somehow in the last six months and culminating in the resignation of Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno and..." July 05

  • Phillies clubhouse more relaxed since manager change

    Courier-Post "With his first full week as Phillies interim manager behind him, Pete Mackanin is finally getting settled in and the clubhouse has embraced a more relaxed atmosphere. The on-field results haven’t been what anyone has hoped – the Phillies are 1-8 since Mackanin took over for Ryne Sandberg on..." July 05

  • Report: Royals, Tigers, Astros interested in White Sox’ Jeff Samardzija

    Baseball Essential "The market for Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija continues to grow. Earlier today, I wrote for Baseball Essential that the Toronto Blue Jays were interested in acquiring the veteran right-hander, but as expected, they are not the only team interested. Nick Cafardo of the Boston..." July 05

  • Two Cuban baseball players defect while in North Carolina

    Sporting News "The Cuban national baseball team lost a pair of players when two members defected while in North Carolina. Third baseman Luis Yander La O and outfielder Yadiel Hernandez left the Cuban team just as relations between Cuba and the U.S. were thawing. "We have our ways and they have their ways,"..." July 05

  • White Sox sign first-round pick Carson Fulmer

    Chicago Sun-Times "The White Sox signed right-hander Carson Fulmer, their first-round pick in June draft, to a minor-league contract Friday. Fulmer, the No. 8 overall selection out of Vanderbilt, will receive a $3,470,600-million signing bonus. Fulmer, 21, was named National Pitcher of the Year by the College..." July 05

  • Stephen Strasburg exits start with apparent side injury

    Hardball Talk "According to MASN Sports’ Dan Kolko, Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg exited today’s start against the Giants in the top of the fourth inning due to an apparent injury to his left side. Strasburg was in obvious discomfort on his final three pitches. He tried to make his case to stay in..." July 04

  • Tigers' Miguel Cabrera expected to miss six weeks with Grade 3 calf strain

    Michigan Live "The news keeps getting worse for the Detroit Tigers. Miguel Cabrera, the centerpiece in Detroit's talent-packed offense, is expected to miss six weeks after being diagnosed with a Grade 3 strain in his left calf. Tigers manager Brad Ausmus made the announcement early Saturday -- a day after..." July 04

  • CC Sabathia’s snippy reaction to being skipped in rotation

    New York Post "Don’t call it a demotion — not yet, anyway. The Yankees are skipping veteran CC Sabathia’s spot in the rotation on Sunday, with the hope a few extra days of rest can get the struggling southpaw back on track. Before the Yankees and the Rays opened a three-game series at the Stadium on..." July 04

  • Twins reinstate Santana from restricted list

    Fox Sports North "As expected, the Minnesota Twins on Saturday reinstated pitcher Ervin Santana from the restricted list. Santana served an 80-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Santana will make his Twins' debut Sunday against the Kansas City..." July 04

  • Charges pending in alleged Cardinals computer intrusion of Astros

    CNN "Federal investigators have recommended charges be brought against at least one St. Louis Cardinals employee implicated in the probe of an alleged computer intrusion of databases belonging to the Houston Astros, officials briefed on the investigation said Friday. But it was not immediately clear..." July 04

  • Should the Mets promote Michael Conforto?

    Newark Star-Ledger "So this is where we stand? Where the clamor for a solution, any solution, for the Mets has trickled down to a call for Michael Conforto. A lineup so emaciated that the answer for some is to promote a 22-year-old who has not even played a full calendar year of professional baseball. The Mets..." July 04

  • Theo, Cubs staying realistic with trade deadline bearing down

    CSN Chicago "Theo Epstein's front office is still determining how to proceed during the 2015 MLB trade deadline. Heading into the July 4 weekend, the Cubs stood at 42-35 with a 1.5-game lead on the National League's second wild card spot. That puts the chances of the Cubs making the playoffs at 68.7..." July 04

  • A's: Gray could make two starts before break, miss All-Star game

    Oakland Tribune "The A's would like to see Sonny Gray pitch twice between now and the All-Star break, and manager Bob Melvin is strongly leaning toward having Gray, recovering from a bout of gastritis caused by salmonella, start Tuesday in New York. That would leave him free to start Sunday, July 12, in..." July 04

  • Woman sues Miami Marlins for ‘shark’ attack

    Miami Herald "Miami Marlins fans are all too familiar with the Great Sea Race. At the sixth-inning break of every home game, fans can expect to see the four foam-rubber costumes of Bob the Shark, Spike the Sea Dragon, Julio the Octopus and Angel the Stone Crab sprinting around the baseball field. But Beth..." July 04

  • That time new O's reliever ordered pot in his dog's name

    CSN Baltimore "The Orioles' recent signing of right handed reliever Chris Perez, who is currently serving a 50-game suspension for drug use, can be seen as a sign that the club believes he'll eventually be able to get past his off the field issues. Perez, 30, received his suspension after his second offense..." July 04

  • Emotional Joba confident he'll find another team

    Detroit News "Just like he was throughout his time with the Tigers, through the high times and the low times, Joba Chamberlain stood before his locker and graciously, thoughtfully and at times emotionally, answered every question Friday. "This is just another chapter in the experience of my life,"..." July 04

  • Ben Zobrist is the mystery hitter Mets would ‘overpay’ to get

    New York Post "Sandy Alderson recently stated he was willing to “overpay” for the right hitter to help his lineup. When he said that, he had one player in mind — Ben Zobrist, The Post has learned. Alderson had expressed his interest to Oakland officials about Zobrist, but has seen the switch-hitter, at least..." July 04

  • Tigers place Miguel Cabrera on 15-day DL with calf strain

    The Score "The Detroit Tigers have placed first baseman Miguel Cabrera on the 15-day disabled list with a left calf strain. Cabrera suffered the injury in the fourth inning of Friday's contest with the Toronto Blue Jays while running to second base. He pulled up limping and slowly made his way to the..." July 04

  • Yankees, A-Rod settle $30M milestone bonus dispute; team will donate $3.5M to charity

    The Score "The New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have settled their dispute regarding his milestone bonuses. The Yankees will make $3.5 million in charitable contributions in lieu of potentially paying out Rodriguez separate $6-million bonuses for moving up the all-time home run list. Major League..." July 03

  • Yankees donate $150,000 to charity to get Alex Rodriguez his 3,000th hit ball

    Hardball Talk "Zack Hample, the Yankees season ticket holder known for catching home runs balls, has changed his mind and will give Alex Rodriguez his 3,000th hit home run … for a price. According to a statement released by the Yankees, the ball will be given to Rodriguez at a press conference this afternoon..." July 03

  • Jose Canseco tells SI he wishes he never wrote 'Juiced'

    SI "Former MLB All-Star Jose Canseco wrote the definitive story on steroids with his book, Juiced. But when he shared his personal story with Sports Illustrated in this week's issue, he revealed that he wishes he hadn't written the book at all. SI's Jack Dickey profiled the enigmatic slugger..." July 03

  • Who is baseball's best manager? The survey says ...

    ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03

  • Red Sox GM: 'Time to think about' team being sellers

    NESN "The Boston Red Sox aren’t ready to place a label on themselves just yet. They still could pursue major league players at the trade deadline or they could sell off pieces with an eye toward the future. Either way, it’s clear general manager Ben Cherington is at least considering the latter route..." July 03

  • The Blue Jays are interested in Jeff Samardzija

    Hardball Talk "Jon Heyman reports that Jeff Samardzija is “on the list” of the Blue Jays. Of the best things in life . . . Anyway, both Samardzija and the White Sox have been disappointing this year, with the Sox sitting in last place, ten games out, and with Samardzija going 5-4 with a 4.56 ERA and a..." July 03

  • Mets are falling, but manager Terry Collins appears safe for near term

    CBS Sports "Manager Terry Collins joked after the Mets' latest loss that the team's next step might be a human sacrifice the way things are going. And of course, most figure he might be the obvious guy to be sacrificed. While that may eventually be true, firing Collins isn't on the agenda, at least not..." July 03

  • Tim McCarver says Pete Rose has 'served his time,' should be reinstated

    Sporting News "Pete Rose has a high-profile ally in his fight for reinstatement by Major League Baseball: Hall of Fame broadcaster Tim McCarver. McCarver, who played against and with Rose for two decades, told the Dan Patrick Show on Thursday he has come around to Rose's side after opposing reinstatement "for..." July 03

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