• Pirates Announcer Greg Brown Tells Off Tony La Russa, Who Barged Into His Booth Mid-Game

    Deadspin "Diamondbacks Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa occupied the Pittsburgh Pirates’ TV broadcast booth during Tuesday’s game after play-by-play announcer Greg Brown said that La Russa had a history of retaliatory pitches during his managerial days. In today’s game, Brown defended his comments and..." May 26

  • Hector Olivera suspended through August 1 under domestic violence policy

    Yahoo! Sports "Atlanta Braves outfielder Hector Olivera has been suspended by Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred through August 1 under the league's domestic violence policy. Olivera was arrested in April following a domestic dispute at a hotel in Virginia. He was eventually charged with one..." May 26

  • Report: Odor's suspension reduced to 7 games

    The Score "Rougned Odor's eight game suspension has been cut down to seven after appealing the discipline for his role in a melee between the Texas Rangers and Toronto Blue Jays, according to MLB Network's Jon Heyman. Odor will begin his suspension Friday, and the club is expected to recall Jurickson..." May 26

  • Joc Pederson: Barry Bonds snubbed me on photo request

    Larry Brown Sports "Joc Pederson, who was born in 1992, grew up watching Barry Bonds do things on a baseball field that most men aren’t capable of. Like many other children of the 1990s and 2000s, Pederson idolized Bonds. Not anymore. Bonds is working as a hitting coach with the Miami Marlins this season. When..." May 26

  • Twins suspend pitching coach Neil Allen after DWI arrest

    Minneapolis Star Tribune "Twins pitching coach Neil Allen has been suspended by the Twins after being arrested early Thursday morning under suspicion of driving while intoxicated. Minor league pitching coordinator Eric Rasmussen will take over as major league pitching coach for the time being. The Twins issued a..." May 26

  • Tigers sign former prospect to contract 62 years after he declined $26,000 offer

    Fox Sports "Each year, the Detroit Tigers sign several players to new contracts, as every team does. But 62 years ago, one man turned down an offer, one that would have netted him $26,000. Earl Robinette was a Tigers prospect with a big outfield arm and switch-hitting ability. He was also a part of a..." May 26

  • Royals’ Mike Moustakas has torn ACL, goes on disabled list

    Kansas City Star "Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas has a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, the team announced Thursday, an injury that could end his season. Moustakas hasn’t played since Sunday, when he collided with outfielder Alex Gordon while trying to make a catch in foul territory in a..." May 26

  • Chip Hale, Tony La Russa point fingers at Pirates for HBPs

    Arizona Republic "Emotions ran high after a pair of Diamondbacks hitters were struck on the head by pitches from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero on Tuesday night, with Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa going into a Pirates broadcast booth to dispute on-air comments during the game. The finger..." May 26

  • Bradley, Jr. Setting Sights On Nomar And Tris Speaker

    Fenway Nation "With a hit tonight, Jackie Bradley, Jr. will catch two Red Sox legends for the second-longest hitting streak in team history. Both Nomar Garciaparra and Tris Speaker hold 30-game streaks for The Carmine Hose—Nomah in 1997 and Speaker in 1912 (the year Fenway Park was opened). If JBJ connects..." May 26

  • Derek Jeter: My 'ultimate goal' is to own an MLB team

    The Score "For two decades, he was the Captain. Now he wants to be the boss. Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees icon whose storied, 20-year career came to a ceremonious end back in 2014, said Wednesday his "ultimate goal" is to own a Major League Baseball team. "In my mind, this is the greatest sport in..." May 26

  • David Wright: Mets don’t agree with Matt Harvey’s media silence

    New York Post "Matt Harvey’s self-imposed gag order wasn’t a big hit in the Mets clubhouse. For now the struggling pitcher has enough to consider, but Mets captain David Wright indicated Wednesday he may eventually talk to Harvey about his decision the previous night to bolt the clubhouse without speaking to..." May 26

  • No. 2 MLB prospect Urias debuts for LA on Friday

    MLB.com "The Dodgers will promote top pitching prospect Julio Urias before their series with the Mets that opens Friday night in New York, the club announced via Twitter on Thursday. The 19-year-old Urias -- the top left-handed pitching prospect in the game and No. 2 overall prospect according to..." May 26

  • Tigers’ Al Avila speaks in support of Brad Ausmus

    Today's Knuckleball "Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus has been the subject of several recent rumors, his job security supposedly in question as Detroit has gotten out to a slow 22-22 start to the season. Now the team’s first-year General Manager, Al Avila, has spoken on MLB Network radio in support of Ausmus. Avila..." May 26

  • Chip Hale: Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller still has finger issue

    Arizona Republic "In the first mention of Shelby Miller’s health since the middle of April, Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said the struggling right-hander is still dealing with discomfort in his right pointer finger, the same one he banged on the ground on the mound last month. Miller was hit hard again on..." May 26

  • Atlanta Braves Freddie Freeman’s Bat Has Been Absent When It Matters Most

    Tomahawk Take "Freddie Freeman is no doubt the most beloved Atlanta Brave currently. He’s Braves fans link to the past and hope for the future. Freeman is batting .256 on the year after a terrible start. .256 alone is not concerning. It is, after all, May still. But it’s HOW Freeman is batting .256 which is..." May 26

  • Blue Jays GM: John Gibbons is ‘absolutely part of the solution’

    Sportsnaut "At 22-25 and in last place in the American League East, the Toronto Blue Jays are one of baseball’s most disappointing teams. But general manager Ross Atkins does not see manager John Gibbons as part of the problem. Actually, the Blue Jays front office has the exact opposite feeling. It’s not..." May 26

  • Vin Scully declines Fox’s All-Star Game invitation

    SI "This column comes bearing bad news: Vin Scully has officially turned down an offer from Fox Sports to be part of its MLB All-Star Game coverage on July 12. Brad Zager, an executive vice president of production and operations for Fox Sports, spoke with Scully at Dodgers Stadium on May 17 at..." May 25

  • Silent Matt Harvey confirms he’s the phony Mets have enabled

    New York Post "The joke, of course, is that any of this would be remotely surprising by now. The Mets have abided by the Harvey Rules from Day 1, have tread lightly around him, have allowed him the kind of leeway and latitude that should never be afforded someone with 75 career starts, no matter how promising he..." May 25

  • Jonny Gomes retires, source says

    MLB Daily Dish "Veteran outfielder Jonny Gomes has decided to retire, according to a source with knowledge of his thinking. Gomes recently returned to the United States after a brief stint with the Rakuten Golden Eagles in Japan. Gomes, 35, retires after 13 major-league seasons with the Rays (2003-08), Reds..." May 25

  • Yu Darvish remaining calm -- for now -- as his return to the mound for Rangers nears

    Sports Day "Yu Darvish completed preparations for his return to the Texas Rangers' rotation with an uneventful bullpen session on Wednesday. Darvish will start on Saturday against Pittsburgh at Globe Life Park. It will be his first major-league start since Aug. 9, 2014. He underwent Tommy John surgery on..." May 25

  • The Twins are unquestionably the saddest team in baseball

    SB Nation "Back in February, I asked you which bad team you would watch on purpose. I made the case for the Phillies, Braves, Brewers and Reds and included a poll. I settled on the Phillies. A plurality of you settled on the Phillies. The Phillies have been, absolutely, the most fun of those teams to watch...." May 25

  • The shocking, swift decline of Shelby Miller

    The Comeback "The Arizona Diamondbacks have not had the type of year they envisioned back during the course of the winter. Those words have been written and stated verbally in some order and some fashion countless times as we approach the two-month mark of the season. While there’s still plenty of time to hope..." May 25

  • Blue Jays to activate Devon Travis

    The Score "The Toronto Blue Jays will reportedly welcome back a familiar face to their roster Wednesday, as the club is calling up second baseman Devon Travis following a nine-game minor-league rehab stint, according to Jon Morosi of MLB Network. " May 25

  • The Royals and Cardinals make a minor trade

    Hardball Talk "The St. Louis Cardinals just announced that they have acquired minor league outfielder Jose Martinez from the Royals in exchange for cash considerations. Martinez was the 2015 Pacific Coast League batting champ, hitting .384 in 98 games. This year he’s hitting .298/.356/.433 in 37 games. He..." May 25

  • Matt Harvey will remain in Mets rotation, manager Terry Collins says

    USA Today "Matt Harvey, mired in the worst three-start stretch of his career, will remain in the New York Mets' rotation, manager Terry Collins announced Wednesday morning, hours after Harvey was hit hard by the division rival Washington Nationals for the second time in less than a week. The erstwhile..." May 25

  • Yasiel Puig was benched after failure to run out of the batter's box

    Orange County Register "How many Dodgers pitchers does it take to screw in a light bulb? It took five pitchers Tuesday night to do – sort of – what Clayton Kershaw did much more impressively all by himself one night earlier. The relay team combined to hold the woeful Cincinnati Reds to three hits as the Dodgers won,..." May 25

  • Is Aledmys Diaz the Next in Long Line of MLB's Shortstop Stars?

    Bleacher Report "Aledmys Diaz has already done one thing that's hard to do in today's MLB: emerge as a surprise star. Now all he needs to do is prove this is for real. For the moment, the St. Louis Cardinals' rookie shortstop is so much more than a mere stand-in for the injured Jhonny Peralta. He's hitting..." May 25

  • Rangers capping Darvish at 90 pitches in return

    The Score "The Texas Rangers are going to ease Yu Darvish back into the bigs. Pitching coach Doug Brocail told reporters Tuesday that upon Darvish's much-anticipated return on Saturday against the Pirates, the Rangers will limit him to 85-90 pitches. "That would be a good pitch count," Brocail said...." May 25

  • Blue Jays’ Jose Bautista has suspension appeal hearing Thursday

    Toronto Star "It will be an early wake-up call and a busy morning for Jose Bautista on Thursday, as he has an in-person hearing scheduled at MLB headquarters in downtown Manhattan followed by the Blue Jays’ series finale against the Yankees in the Bronx. Bautista is appealing his one-game suspension for..." May 24

  • Is Kris Bryant becoming an elite defender?

    The Outside Corner "When the discussion surrounds the Chicago Cubs, it most often veers directly toward their offense. And rightfully so. Not only do the Cubs have a historically impressive stable of former offensive prospects making their presence felt at the big league level, they’ve added pieces like Dexter Fowler..." May 24

  • Will the Tigers Entertain a Mike Trout Trade?

    Baseball Essential "The 2016 season has not been good for the Los Angeles Angels. They currently sit four games under .500 at 20-24, and it doesn’t look like they will turn the corner any time soon. With a barren farm system, their future doesn’t look any brighter. There is some thought that a trade with teams such..." May 24

  • Matt Harvey won't skip start during struggles, proclaims 'I'm not a quitter'

    The Comeback "Matt Harvey has struggled mightily this season. Once the top option amongst the best starting five in baseball, the Mets starter is mired in arguably the worst stretch of his career. Harvey is 3-6 and his ERA has ballooned to 5.77 after he allowed nine runs in 2 2/3 innings in the worst start of..." May 24

  • Miami Marlins Sue Season Ticket Holders, Continue To Be The Worst

    Deadspin "Remember when the Miami Marlins sued Jonathan Vilma because he moved his barbecue restaurant out of the stadium after the Marlins screwed up his food and failed to deliver on their promise of a packed house and booming business? Well, now the Marlins are suing even more people who had the audacity..." May 24

  • Report: James Loney’s representatives to contact the Mets

    Hardball Talk "Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that representatives of Padres first baseman James Loney are expected to contact the Mets, who are in need of first base help after losing Lucas Duda to a back injury on Monday. Loney, 32, has spent the season with the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in El..." May 24

  • Possible First Base Options for the Mets

    Baseball Essential "The New York Mets now have a hole in their lineup, as first baseman Lucas Duda was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a stress fracture in his lower back. At this point, it is unclear how long Duda will be sidelined with the injury, but with a lack of internal options, the Mets might be..." May 24

  • Nearly halfway to DiMaggio's record, JBJ chasing history

    MLB.com "One more hit, and Jackie Bradley Jr. will be halfway to history. The Red Sox outfielder enters today's matchup against the Rockies at Fenway Park with a 27-game hitting streak, almost half the way to Joe DiMaggio's Major League record of 56 games, set nearly 75 years ago. DiMaggio's streak ran..." May 24

  • Mets Have “Some Curiosity About” Padres’ James Loney

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Mets have at least “some curiosity about” Padres first baseman James Loney, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post (Twitter links). Loney’s representatives at the Legacy Agency are expected to contact the club today to see if there’s a fit. While Loney remains under control of the Padres,..." May 24

  • Will Chris Sale's offseason adjustments win him a Cy Young?

    ESPN "Six years can go by quickly. That's the time it takes for the largest flying bird in the world, the condor, to go from chick to full maturity. The Chicago White Sox turned over their entire roster between 2010 and 2016. It was on May 8, 2010, that a lanky, junior left-hander for Florida Gulf Coast..." May 24

  • Phillies manager benches team's best hitter after he jogged to first

    Fox Sports "The Philadelphia Phillies have been surprisingly good this season, having a 25-20 record and sitting just two games back of the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East. Center fielder Odubel Herrera has played a big role in the team's success this season, slashing .335/.445/.456 with four..." May 24

  • A look at the numbers: Jordan Zimmermann's true value to the Tigers

    ESPN "By all accounts, the Detroit Tigers seemed relieved once they learned of starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann's diagnosis: a Grade 1 groin strain, considered the mildest level of strain. The team will be without the 29-year-old workhorse for his next slated start, which would have been Friday..." May 24

  • Josh Donaldson: MLB beanball culture puts hitters in danger

    Larry Brown Sports "Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Josh Donaldson felt that he was thrown at twice by the Minnesota Twins over the weekend. After the Twins received no punishment, Donaldson ripped into MLB’s policies and the culture of the game that makes beanballs acceptable. Donaldson’s issues started Saturday,..." May 24

  • Reds Acquire International Bonus Slots From Orioles

    MLB Trade Rumors "The signing slots acquired are worth around $700K, per Dan Connolly of BaltimoreBaseball.com (Twitter link). That would appear to suggest that the Reds have added Baltimore’s first ($538,800) and fourth ($154,500) pool allocations. YESTERDAY: The Reds have picked up two international signing..." May 24

  • Change of plans: A-Rod rehabbing in Trenton tonight

    The Journal News "Scratch that. Turns out, Alex Rodriguez won't be activated tonight after all. Instead of putting A-Rod in tonight' big league lineup, the Yankees are sending their designated hitter to Trenton for a rehab assignment. There is no word on how many games he's expected to play or why exactly the..." May 24

  • Ryan Vogelsong's wife shares update after Pirates pitcher was hit in the face

    Fox Sports "Scary scene at PNC Park on Monday when the ball got away from Colorado Rockies righty Jordan Lyles and hit Pittsburgh Pirates starting pitcher Ryan Vogelsong in the face. According to Pirates head trainer Todd Tomczyk, Vogelsong suffered an injury to "the eye itself, which includes the..." May 24

  • Bartolo Colon told Nats catcher he wouldn’t swing during at-bats

    Sportress of Blogitude "Bartolo Colon halted a personal two-game losing streak on Monday night, going seven innings and allowing one run on five hits while walking two and striking out two in the New York Mets’ 7-1 victory over the Washington Nationals. The stellar pitching performance came one day ahead of Colon..." May 24

  • Brewers Linked to Cuban OF Yadiel Hernandez

    Disciples of Uecker "An updated story regarding Cuban outfielder Yadiel Hernandez broke yesterday, as he participated in a private workout with the Miami Marlins. However, the piece written by Ben Badler and published on Baseball America had a very interesting tidbit at the end: a total of four teams had been..." May 24

  • Rangers recall power-hitting prospect

    Sporting News "The Rangers promoted slugger Joey Gallo on Monday after watching two of their starting outfielders (Shin-Soo Choo and Drew Stubbs) land on the disabled list. Texas is looking for an offensive spark, and Gallo could see regular playing time through a combination of starts in left field, third, and..." May 24

  • 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

  • Brandon Phillips' 2-year-old son is already pretty darn good at baseball

    Fox Sports "Before the Reds-Dodgers game on Monday, Cincinnati's second baseman Brandon Phillips brought his son to the field for some practice where he proved he has skills far beyond your average 2-year-old (video above.) With his dad pitching, the youngster Micah hit a live pitch past the mound and..." May 24

  • Red-hot Miguel Cabrera still has plenty left in the tank

    Today's Knuckleball "When Miguel Cabrera is having a fairly quiet stretch at the plate, it means nightmares for opposing managers and pitchers. When he’s hot, they don’t sleep at all. Tuesday, Cabrera went 3-for-3 with two homers and a double as the Detroit Tigers won for the seventh time in eight games, beating..." May 24

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