Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:55:54 GMTWhat was originally hoped to be a minor injury turned out to be the worst kind of news of the Nationals outfielder.
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:17:43 GMTLOS ANGELES — For eight innings, it was a wonderful night for the Phillies. Brock Stassi, the storybook kid, belted a three-run home run. Rookie Andrew Knapp had three hits, including his first big-league home run to give the Phils a three-run lead in the eighth inning, much to the delight of his family and friends whose cheers could be heard rising from deep within the sellout crowd of 53,110. Zach Eflin pitched superbly over seven-walk free innings and even the boys in the dugout had a little fun goofing on Tommy Joseph as he watched the game oblivious to the fact that he had a perfectly formed bubblegum sphere stuck to the top of his cap. For the Phillies, there were plenty of reasons to be
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:28:01 GMTEaton was placed on the 10-Day DL and the Nats have called up outfielder Rafael Bautista. UPDATE: Well have more information after Dusty Baker talks to reporters at 11:00 AM, but the Washington Nationals officially placed Adam Eaton on the 10-Day DL and they called outfielder Rafael Bautista up to fill in in the outfield. Bautista will be making his MLB debut when he first takes the first.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 18:43:26 GMTBOSTON - The Red Sox mishandled Theo Epstein and Jon Lester. We all know that. There’s a small irony to this pseudo reconciliation at Fenway Park this weekend, then. A notable circumstance for your consideration. It doesn’t happen without the fine work of another guy in the line of people Sox ownership mishandled: Ben Cherington. Epstein on Friday likened this Boston jaunt to the college reunion he’s never been able to attend. “I’m not planning on sleeping much this weekend,” he said. Theopalooza and the Lester Lovefest are predicated on something simple: Epstein and Lester have been successful since they left Boston. So, too, have the Red Sox. Lovers broke up. A few years later, they’re both
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Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:31:51 GMTIt’s official: Aaron Judge cannot be stopped. The New York Yankees rookie was at it again on Saturday, connecting for his tenth home run in a 12-4 win against the Orioles. In doing so, Judge became only the third rookie ever to hit at least 10 homers in the month of April.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 14:04:42 GMTEarly-season struggles in baseball are often tempered by two simple words: "It's early." After all, these guys play 162 games over six months; there's still a long way to go. But a World Baseball Classic year is different. Many stars got their early starts in March, when they left the easygoing haven of spring training for competitive, heart-wrenching games representing their countries. Oh sure, some great WBC performances have carried over into the regular season, but there are quite a few prominent names who've been slow to get going after looking spectacular in the international tournament - not to mention those continuing to flounder after failing to step up for their countries. Here are
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:05:00 GMTThis past winter, as he readied for his first true crack at an opening day roster, Cardinals rookie Jose Martinez and friend Martin Prado, a Miami infielder, tried to solve what part of their swings kept them from taking flight. Prado was one of the league leaders in hitting into double plays, and Martinez felt his pinch-hit groundballs stifled or ended rallies. Along with another player and a coach, they started zipping through video of hitters, from shortstops and small hitters to strapping bashers, and they noticed a trend. “They all had the same swing,” Martinez says. “The question for us was, ‘Why are we trying to hit groundballs when no one else is hitting like that?’ We kind of had to
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:35:43 GMTESPN baseball analyst, Dancing With the Stars dynamo and former Red Sox catcher David Ross said he’s rooting for the Cubs this series. You can’t blame him, he knows more people on the Cubs now than he does the Red Sox. Joining the CSNNE Baseball Show podcast, Ross explained the difference in leadership styles between Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz. For years now, it seems, Pedroia may actually have been the most important figure for the Red Sox when it comes to leadership. “David was more of the Godfather,” Ross said. “He wasn’t a vocal leader. He was more, he’s the face of baseball, but he was your best friend and everybody’s best friend. So, David wasn’t the guy that got everybody ready to
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:01:27 GMTPhillies (11-10) at Dodgers (12-12) 9:10 p.m. on CSN; streaming live on CSNPhilly.com and the NBC Sports App The Phillies' six-game winning streak came to an abrupt end out west Friday night. The beauty of baseball is that you have a chance to start a new streak a day later. Zach Eflin looks to avenge a poor performance from last season while the Dodgers send out veteran righty Brandon McCarthy at home. Here are five things to know for Saturday evening's game. 1. Two strong starts for Eflin In his second season as a big-league starter, Eflin is off to a lot better start than last year. If you remember his MLB debut, he gave up eight runs and retired just eight batters against a Blue Jays team
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 03:04:41 GMTWASHINGTON -- Josh Edgin relieved Mets closer Jeurys Familia with the bases loaded in the ninth inning and got Bryce Harper to hit into a game-ending double play, finishing a 7-5 victory over the Washington Nationals on Friday night that stopped New York's six-game losing streak. New York had lost 10 of 11 and put star slugger Yoenis Cespedes on the disabled list before the game with a strained hamstring. Travis d'Arnaud then homered twice and had five RBIs for the Mets, who were clinging to a two-run lead when they brought in Familia.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:15:00 GMTSaturday’s Cardinals-Cincinnati Reds game has been postponed because of severe weather. No makeup date has been set although a club official said there would not be a doubleheader played on Sunday with more bad weather forecast. Cardinals righthander Mike Leake, who was to have pitched Saturday, will move his start to Sunday. Michael Wacha, who was to have pitched Sunday, will start Monday here against Milwaukee. Carlos Martinez and Adam Wainwright, who worked Thursday’s doubleheader here will pitch Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively, against Milwaukee. Tyler Lyons, who was on target to take a start on Monday when Martinez and/or Wainwright would have had only three days' rest, will stay in
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:25:00 GMTChapman was one of the keys to getting the Cubs their first World Series championship in 108 years, but they didn't bother trying to keep him around to go for the repeat. Newly acquired Wade Davis has done just as good a job so far and isn't nearly as high-maintenance. Chapman returned to the Yankees for five years and $86 million, a figure I told Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was "insane" for a pitcher who works only one inning a few times a week. Cashman countered that the Marlins had bid even higher, which didn't convince me it wasn't insane but that the Marlins were even crazier than the Yankees. Of course Cashman said the object is to win the World Series, and having one of the most
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:57:19 GMTHe could have walked back his words, laughed off an offseason tweet as a fanciful lark and echoed the keeping-my-head-down generics that so many have refined. But Tyler Wade, a top Yankees prospect with aspirations much higher than that billing, doesn’t regret a word. Four months ago, the Yankees’ ostensible Triple-A shortstop declared that a World Series ring is the goal for this season — “Big things on my mind for 2017” he wrote with a picture of a ring, not the wedding variety. This week Wade expressed the same kind of confidence, saying the target hasn’t changed for 2017. “Absolutely,” Wade said over the phone. “That’s always the goal, getting that ring. That was kind of an excitement thing,
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:27:53 GMTLuis Alexander Basabe’s roommate received a phone call on the road on July 9 in which he learned he had been traded by the Boston Red Sox. What would be a strange experience for most teammates was even more difficult for Basabe and his. The player traded was his identical twin brother, Luis Alejandro Basabe. “I was like, ‘Man, I don’t believe that,’ ” Luis Alexander Basabe said. Nearly five months later, Luis Alexander received a similar call from the Red Sox to inform him he was included in a four-player package headed to the White Sox in exchange for five-time All-Star Chris Sale. Having already experienced the trade of a brother he describes as younger (by five minutes), shorter and weaker,
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 19:58:14 GMTThe scuffling Toronto Blue Jays have parted ways with one of their worst performers to date, as they announced Friday that veteran backup catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia has been designated for assignment. Catcher Luke Maile, who was claimed off waivers from Tampa Bay earlier this month, has been recalled from Triple-A to take Saltalamacchia's place on the 25-man roster. Saltalamacchia made the Blue Jays' Opening Day roster after joining the club on a minor-league deal prior to spring training. While it was hoped he would serve as a powerful bat off the bench while spelling starter Russell Martin, the 11-year veteran failed to make any sort of impact during his brief tenure north of the border.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 20:38:25 GMTRays’ right fielder Steven Souza Jr. left Saturday’s game after getting hit on the left hand by a pitch from Blue Jays’ right-hander Joe Biagini in the seventh inning. The pitch appeared to hit the top of Souza Jr.’s hand, causing the outfielder to crumple at the plate and requiring assistance from assistant athletic trainer Paul Harker as he exited the field. Postgame reports from the Tampa Bay Times’ Marc Topkin revealed that Souza Jr. sustained a left hand contusion and is scheduled to undergo further evaluation on Sunday. While the diagnosis isn’t as bad as it could be, it’s still a tough break for the right fielder, who missed 40 days of the 2015 season after sustaining a fracture in his left hand on another hit by pitch.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 12:28:01 GMTThe ball traveled 470-feet, which is good for the longest home run at Yankee Stadium of the Statcast era, which began in 2015. Keep in mind that spring training is usually six starts, and hes had four. This will be his fifth coming up on the 2nd somewhere, whether its here or somewhere else, Buck Showalter said, factoring in an outing at extended spring training.
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 00:06:07 GMTSam Miller ESPN.com Close Follow on Twitter Almost 30 percent of ESPN's baseball experts picked Cleveland to win the World Series this year, and for an easy-to-explain reason: The Indians came within one run of winning it last year without the injured Danny Salazar and Carlos Carrasco in their postseason rotation. This year, the thinking went, those two are healthy -- the Indians' playoff rotation will be nasty. Carrasco is doing his part to make the predictions look smart. In four starts entering Friday night, he had allowed only five runs. Last Saturday he went eight scoreless innings against the White Sox. By the advanced pitching metrics at Baseball Prospectus, he has been the third-most
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:03:02 GMTIvan Nova pitched a three-hitter and the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the Miami Marlins 4-0 on Saturday night. John Jaso homered and drove in two runs, Jordy Mercer knocked in a run, and Gregory Polanco had two doubles for the Pirates, who have won three straight. Nova continued his impressive start to the season, which includes walking just one batter over 27 innings as he lowered his ERA to 1.50 while tossing his second complete game and the eighth of his career.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 22:30:00 GMTSaturday would have been a red-letter day for Cardinals fans who go apoplectic about manager Mike Matheny’s many lineups. For the first time this season, Matheny was going to use the same eight-man batting order that he had used in the preceding game. The game was postponed 2½ hours before the scheduled first pitch. But fear not. Matheny said that, pending any change about the Cincinnati pitching — and none is planned — Friday’s lineup will be Sunday’s lineup. That means, in order, Dexter Fowler, Aledmys Diaz, Matt Carpenter, Jedd Gyorko, Stephen Piscotty, Yadier Molina, Randal Grichuk, Kolten Wong. All have something working for them. Fowler is nine for his last 18 with two homers. Diaz, who
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTYou know, technically the Phillies are playing in the past.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 08:03:00 GMTChristian Arroyo hasn't even needed a full week to make a big difference for the San Francisco Giants. Arroyo hit a tiebreaking solo homer in the eighth inning, his second shot in three games, to lift the San Francisco Giants over the San Diego Padres 4-3 on Friday night. Arroyo, playing in his fifth game since being called up Monday, homered off Ryan Butcher (1-1) to start the inning. The Giants had lost four straight and six of their previous seven games when they called up the 21-year-old from Triple-A Sacramento. "He's got pop," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He's not a guy that's trying to hit home runs, he's just trying to put a good swing on it but he drives the ball, as you saw tonight.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:27:35 GMTBOSTON - Anthony Rizzo hit a two-run homer, and Miguel Montero and Ben Zobrist had solo shots, helping the Chicago Cubs rebound from a series-opening loss with a 7-4 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.Kris Bryant had two hits and scored twice
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:04:42 GMTPrized prospect not dominated as he did in minor leagues, still tweaking on the fly Back in the minor leagues, Joe Jimenez wouldn’t have to answer for it. He wouldn’t have to stand inside the clubhouse the morning after allowing a couple of runs in a two-run game, surrounded by reporters, who wondered what exactly he was doing to better his slider. But the honeymoon period for Jimenez, the Detroit Tigers’ top prospect who was so widely clamored for among the fan base, is over. Now, it’s about getting results. “Failing at the big league level is different,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “The microscope is a little more powerful. Many more people watching. The impact is greater.” And so here was Jimenez,
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 23:43:49 GMTArizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller will undergo Tommy John surgery to repair an elbow injury, ending his MLB season. Miller, who was traded to the Diamondbacks for former top-five prospect Dansby Swanson last season, confirmed the news on Saturday. It was discovered that Miller had torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) in his right elbow, but the 2015 All-Star had not decided whether to have the surgery that has one of the longest recovery times in baseball.
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 21:40:08 GMTARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Los Angeles Angels have put first baseman C.J. Cron and left-handed starter Tyler Skaggs on the 10-day disabled list. The Angels made the move Saturday before playing at Texas. Cron has a bruised left foot and Skaggs has a
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 20:25:00 GMTNot much seems to have changed. Still the same old Dodgers. Five-hit-game wonders and Dave Roberts looking more and more like Don Mattingly as he shuffles his pitching staff, most notably removing Alex Wood, who pitched six innings of shutout ball and threw only only 77 pitches, followed by a shaky bullpen without Kenley Jansen blowing a three-run lead and the game. I’m still trying to figure out why he relieved Clayton Kershaw in the ninth inning with a substantial lead. So is Kershaw. It’s a puzzlement. Bob Murtha Santa Maria What is this weird compulsion driving managers to put their fingerprints on a game? Why don't we just adopt Little League rules if we are going to treat major league pitchers
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:32:03 GMTA number of MLB teams this week turned to the minor leagues to fill roster spots, and in some cases, spots in the starting lineup. Fantasy owners are always happy to see the player pool expand, especially when the call-ups have the talent to stick in the majors. DOUBLE CHECK: Last week's waiver wire suggestions With the ever-expanding disabled list wreaking havoc on everyone's roster, here are this week's picks to fill those holes. Suggested bid values based on $100 FAAB (free agent acquisition budget). Feel free to exceed the recommendation if league dynamics or team needs warrant. (All stats through Thursday's games.) BEST BETS 1B Cody Bellinger, Los Angeles Dodgers ($31 NL, $22 Mixed) If you
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 04:16:39 GMTOne night after his fifth multi-hit performance in his last seven starts, Yuli Gurriel found himself elevated in the lineup. Houston Astros manager A.J. Hinch made a point to note that Gurriel wasn't batting sixth Saturday night because of his torrid hitting. Saturday night marked the sixth time this season that Gurriel batted sixth, his highest spot in the order in 2017.
Sun, 30 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTThe Phillies winning streak had to end sometime. At least it didn’t end unceremoniously, or with a hugely outsized score. They lost respectably. As a team should. But let’s see what the Phillies are up against tonight. BRANDON MCCARTHY ALERT. I like Brandon McCarthy, mostly, but I think there’s a chance for the Phillies to put a hurting on the Dodgers tonight. McCarthy has been good this season, and while his ERA is 2.25, I think we all know that probably isn’t who he actually is. Zach Eflin has a chance to build on his last two excellent starts, and by Jove I think he can do it. By Jove, whoever that is. Discuss the game (and my obvious encroaching madness) in the comments below.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 18:33:12 GMTFor a guy who strolls out of the bullpen to French Montana’s “Don’t Panic”, Roberto Osuna has inspired plenty of panic lately. The 22-year-old closer has blown three saves in six appearances and has locked down just one game for the Toronto Blue Jays – a club that can really ill afford to squander opportunities at the moment. As a result, he has been added to the mounting list of troubles swirling around the Blue Jays’ ill-fated start to the season.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 21:54:34 GMTTheo Esptein kept his word. Sort of. Back in 2010, Anthony Rizzo, then considered a top prospect in the Boston Red Sox organization, was shipped to the San Diego Padres in a five-player deal for All-Star first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. But Epstein, Boston's general manager at the time, took the rising star aside and vowed they would cross paths again in the future - a promised that materialized two years later when Epstein, now the president of the Chicago Cubs, reacquired his former player from San Diego. "I had angst about (trading Rizzo) as we were doing it. I told Rizz we were going to trade back for him at some point - and we did," Epstein told Alex Speier of the Boston Globe. "I just happened
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 05:00:00 GMTLet’s lead things off here with perhaps the only piece of pop culture that glorifies Cleveland. As a 90’s youth and Presidents of the United States of America fan, I would get REALLY excited when the intro to the “Drew Carey Show” came on and then quickly lose interest once the actual show started. It did make being a 20 to 30 something in Cleveland seem like quite a bit of fun, though. As Mariners fans, many of us dread playing the Cleveland Indians. The franchise crushed the two best postseason chances the Mariners have ever had. There was the snowed out opening series. There’s the Ichiro quote. There’s the game we do not speak of. So going into this Friday night tilt at Progressive née Jacobs
Sat, 29 Apr 2017 07:41:06 GMTGreinke is 7-4 all time vs. the Rockies with a 4.09 ERA in 19 starts. Anderson had two no-decisions in two starts vs. the Diamondbacks in 2016, his rookie season, both losses. Anderson had a no-decision in the Rockies' 8-4 comeback win Monday vs. Washington.
Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:56:24 GMTWelcome to this week's edition of Keri The 10! As always, we'll go around the majors with 10 stories that caught our eye from the past seven days. There will be numbers, and occasionally, memes. As always, we will have fun. 1. The Los Angeles Dodgers ' future has arrived The New York Yankees have long been known as the team that spent everyone else into submission in search of premium talent. But from Gehrig to DiMaggio, Mantle to the dynasty of the 90s, the Bombers could usually thank their own talent pipeline for their best players and most successful years. The Dodgers, in many ways, are the new Yankees. They've earned a reputation as the new kings of spending, a rep that's well earned given