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Published: Fri, 20 Apr 2018 01:17:36 EDT

 



Reds Fire Bryan Price, Mack Jenkins

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:48:27 EDT

The Cincinnati Reds announced on Thursday morning that they've fired Bryan Price and pitching coach Mack Jenkins.

Jim Riggleman, previously Price's bench coach, will assume managerial duties on an interim basis.

Triple-A manager Pat Kelly will take over Riggleman's duties as bench coach.




Shohei Ohtani Expected To Make Next Start Despite Blister

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:59:18 EDT

Shohei Ohtani will likely make his next start for the Los Angeles Angels despite leaving his last appearance with a blister.

Ohtani will not be limited with his hitting either.

Mike Scioscia was noncommittal about when Ohtani's next start would come, though a six-man rotation would line up Ohtani to pitch Monday on the road against the Houston Astros.

"It's something he's had before and he's managed," Scioscia said of Ohtani's blister. "He's not very concerned with it, but we'll definitely, obviously, pay a lot of attention to it this week."

Ohtani gave up three runs and required 66 pitches to record six outs against the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday.




Taijuan Walker To Undergo Tommy John Surgery

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 09:04:29 EDT

Taijuan Walker will undergo Tommy John surgery.

The Arizona Diamondbacks will be without Walker through at least the first month of the 2019 season.

Walker was diagnosed with a torn UCL in his right elbow earlier this week.

In 13 innings (three starts) this season, Walker has a 3.46 ERA with nine strikeouts and five walks.




Jose Bautista Agrees To Minors Deal With Braves

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:53:25 EDT

Jose Bautista has agreed to a Minor League deal with the Atlanta Braves.

Bautista will receive a one-year, $1 million deal if added to Atlanta's 40-man roster.

He will report to the Braves' extended spring training complex in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, to work himself into game condition. They plan to use Bautista at third base.




Dodgers Won't Hesitate To Use Kenley Jansen

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 08:43:56 EDT

Kenley Jansen has had a shaky start to the season, but the Los Angeles Dodgers won't hesitate to use the closer.

"Absolutely not. No," Dave Roberts said. "Save situation tonight, even potentially a non-save situation to keep the game close, or whether we need an inning or not, I have no hesitance in running him out there."

Jansen has blown two saves already this season. He wasn't used on Wednesday night in L.A.'s 13-4 win over the San Diego Padres.




Anthony Rizzo Wants Fewer Games: 'We Play Too Much'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:00:36 EDT

Anthony Rizzo believes the Major League Baseball season should be shorter, even if that means less money for players.

"I think we play too much baseball," Rizzo said. "Yes, guys are going to take pay cuts. But are we playing this game for the money or do we love this game? I know it's both, but in the long run it will make everything better."

Rizzo believes a transition period with guaranteed contracts could be worked out, perhaps "grandfathering" them into a new system with new contracts reflecting fewer games played.

"Once you start taking money from guys, that's where it's going to be a little more dicey," he said.




Kenley Jansen: Can't Let Struggles 'Get In My Mind'

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:54:58 EDT

Kenley Jansen remains confident after another blown save, saying that he refuses to allow early struggles to "get in my mind."

The Los Angeles Dodgers took a 3-1 lead into the ninth inning before Jansen blew his second save in four attempts this season. He allowed two runs in the ninth before the Dodgers eventually won 7-3 in 12 innings.

"I have confidence in myself that I will find it," Jansen said. "It's just a matter of time. Hopefully I can get an opportunity tomorrow because tonight -- that's no who I am."

"Right now, he's not right, as far as the way the ball's coming out of the hand," Dave Roberts said. "We have all the confidence in Kenley. It's one of those things that people go through, and he's got to work his way out of it."




Yankees Could Drop Giancarlo Stanton In Batting Order

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:48:21 EDT

Giancarlo Stanton continues to struggle and Aaron Boone said Tuesday night that the New York Yankees may entertain the possibility of moving the slugger down in the batting order in hopes of jump-starting his bat.

"I might flirt with splitting different guys up and stuff, but not moving him down too far," Boone said.

Stanton has hit third in each of New York's 16 games this season. In eight home games, he has hit .086 (3-for-35) with 20 strikeouts.

On the road, Stanton has hit .323 (10-for-31) with three doubles and seven RBIs in eight games.




Shohei Ohtani Leaves Start After Two Innings With Blister

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 10:43:07 EDT

The Los Angeles Angels removed Shohei Ohtani after two ineffective innings on Tuesday night due to a blister on his right middle finger.

Ohtani, who was dominant in his first two starts, threw 66 pitches against the Boston Red Sox. He allowed three runs on four hits.

"[The blister] had an effect on the overall command of all his pitches," Mike Scioscia said.

"He didn't say anything in warm-ups about it. .... He got through two innings, but we don't want it to get any worse. Just make sure you bounce back for his next start, which we anticipate right now."

The blister isn't expected to effect his ability to hit, but when he'll take the mound again remains to be seen.




Aaron Judge Fastest In History To 60 Home Runs

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:28:42 EDT

Aaron Judge hit the 60th home run of his career on Monday night.

Judge is the fastest player in Major League history to reach that mark in terms of games played (197).

"It's huge," Giancarlo Stanton said. "He's starting where he finished off last year. Keep driving. He's pushing the envelope for things that haven't been done. It's cool to watch."

The previous record was held by Mark McGwire, who hit 60 homers in his first 202 games with the Oakland Athletics from 1987-88.




A's Have Approached Matt Chapman About Extension

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:23:36 EDT

Matt Chapman is off to a hot start this season and the Oakland Athletics have already attempted to lock him up over the long-term.

Chapman entered Monday's action hitting .333/.403/.650 with five home runs in 16 games. He has also played terrific defense at third base.

The Athletics approached Chapman and agent Scott Boras about a potential multiyear deal, but they were told that there is currently no interest in such talks, according to a source.

Chapman won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2020 season. He won't hit the free agent market until the winter of 2023.




Angels Ask Fans To Quiet Down During Shohei Ohtani's At-Bats

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:17:23 EDT

During this past weekend's three-game series at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, the Los Angeles Angels asked a small group of fans to quiet down during Shohei Ohtani's at-bats.

Three young female exchange students from Japan were cheering loudly for Ohtani. The request came from the Angels' dugout and not Ohtani himself.

"He heard it, he's thankful for the cheers," said Ippei Mizuhara, Ohtani's interpreter, "but at the plate, he likes to focus and block out the noise."

Ohtani made it clear that the cheers didn't bother him.

"I was aware of that," he said, "but I wasn't the one that asked for that. (The Angels) just did it so everyone could focus at the plate.

"I was thankful for that."




Reds Have No Immediate Plans To Promote Nick Senzel

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:10:20 EDT

The Cincinnati Reds have an opening at third base, but there are no immediate plans to call up top prospect Nick Senzel.

The organization feels Senzel needs more time to develop in the minor leagues.

"The most important thing is to make sure we're all convinced that he is ready to be here and playing productively," Dick Williams said. "A lot goes into that. It's just making sure his confidence is in the right place and the approach we're seeing is right and he is doing it consistently. Bringing a guy like that up, you want him to come and stay. You want it to be more dictated by his performance and confidence as opposed to being dictated by the situation here."

Senzel is batting .233/.283/.349 with one home run and one RBI in 10 games for Triple-A Louisville.




MLB On Pace To Break Record For Postponements

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 08:02:55 EDT

After three games were postponed on Monday, Major League Baseball is up to 24 postponements this season.

Since MLB began fully tracking postponements in 1986, the record for weather-related postponements in March and April came in 2007 (25 games).

With two weeks left in the month of April, a new record is all but certain to be set.

The length of the season was increased from 183 to 187 days as part of the 2016 collective bargaining agreement, allowing for more rest and windows for rescheduled games.

"The fact that we started the year earlier gives us more off-days throughout the year, so there are a lot more options for us to make days up this year," said Chris Marinak, MLB's executive vice president of strategy, technology and innovation. "Four days may seem small, but it's actually pretty significant. We're having many more options in terms of finding agreeable dates that work.

"As bad as it's been to have the number of games we've lost so far, I can't think of a game we've lost where I'm really concerned about the makeup date burdening a club or causing an issue. That's sort of the silver lining in what we've had so far."




Details Emerge Of Giants' Offer To Marlins For Giancarlo Stanton

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:07:19 EDT

The San Francisco Giants offered left-handed pitcher Andrew Suarez, outfielder Denard Span and third baseman Jacob Gonzalez to the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton.

The Marlins were willing to accept the deal but Stanton rejected the trade and ultimately was dealt to the Yankees.

San Francisco pivoted to acquiring Evan Longoria and Andrew McCutchen.




Carlos Beltran Will Throw First Pitch Of Puerto Rico Series

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:55:01 EDT

The Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians will begin a two-game series in Puerto Rico on Tuesday with Carlos Beltran throwing out the first pitch.

The games will be played at Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan.

"I threw out the first pitch in Houston on the day of the World Series ring ceremony, and I have to admit, I was kind of nervous," Beltran said. "Let me tell you something, since I retired, I have not picked up a bat or played catch, but I think I can still throw a little bit if I warmed up right."

Starting Monday and continuing through Wednesday, MLB and MLBPA will team up to commemorate the Puerto Rico Series with special events, ceremonies, project unveilings, school visits by the players and more.

The island is still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Maria.

"Being in Puerto Rico and understanding the situation and what the island has gone through in the last seven or eight months, it's good to see baseball back on the island," Beltran said. "I'm happy MLB is trying to make the most of the two games by helping people and letting them know they care and are not forgotten."




Mets Have Talked With Marlins About Trade For J.T. Realmuto

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:48:55 EDT

The New York Mets have lost two catchers to injury and are now on the search for replacements.

They have spoken to the Miami Marlins about J.T. Realmuto. It would take a nice package to land the catcher, who hasn't yet played this season due to a back contusion.

Realmuto may be Miami's best offensive player. They traded Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Dee Gordon this past offseason.




Yankees Could Promote Gleyber Torres This Week

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:43:20 EDT

The New York Yankees have been watching Gleyber Torres closely with vice president of baseball operations Tim Naehring attending International League games.

Torres is hitting .385 with a homer and 10 RBIs at shortstop and second base. The Yankees would presumably play him at third at the Major League level.

"I think he's playing well," Aaron Boone said. "I think the last couple of days have been better. I've been watching a lot of his at-bats. He's been getting his hits early, but I don't think he was locked in by any means yet."

By waiting to promote Torres until Wednesday, the Yankees can push back Torres' first shot at free agency until after the 2024 season instead of 2023.

There is a spot open for him with third baseman Brandon Drury on the disabled list.

"I would say anything's possible and we have conversations about that kind of thing," Boone said. "Possible? Yes. Likely? Not necessarily."




Bartolo Colon Takes Perfect Game Into Eighth Inning

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 00:50:51 EDT

The Rangers' Bartolo Colon, who turns 45 next month, flirted with history Sunday night, taking a perfect game into the eighth inning against the World Series champion Houston Astros.

A leadoff walk to Carlos Correa and a Josh Reddick double ended the bid by Colon, who would have become the oldest pitcher to throw a no-hitter.




Drew Pomeranz May Return To Red Sox' Rotation This Week

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:18:15 EDT

Red Sox left-hander Drew Pomeranz, who has been recovering from a strained left forearm flexor since spring training, felt good after his second rehab start and could return to the rotation within a week.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said Saturday that Pomeranz is likely to start either the final game in Anaheim on Thursday or the first game in Oakland on Friday.




Pirates Claim Enny Romero Off Waivers From Nationals

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 01:13:47 EDT

The Pirates have claimed LHP Enny Romero off waivers from the Nationals.

Romero has been added to the 40-man roster and will report to the Pirates within the next 72 hours.

The 27-year old Romero began the 2018 season with Washington and made two relief appearances before being designated for assignment on April 7.

In 53 games with the Nationals last season, he posted a 3.56 ERA and 65 strikeouts.

Romero began his Major League career with the Rays in 2013 and has appeared in 131 games in the big leagues.




Shohei Ohtani's Success A Hit In Japan

Sat, 14 Apr 2018 13:33:29 EDT

Shohei Ohtani's games are shown live in the morning by national broadcaster NHK. For the rest of the day, talk shows dissect his every move and sports programs feature highlights of his latest accomplishments.

A recent afternoon news program in Tokyo dedicated an entire segment to everything Ohtani, with a panel of guests discussing such intricate details as his lack of a drivers' license and the fact he has a personal chef.

News of Ohtani's phenomenal start to his Major League Baseball career is ubiquitous in Japan.




Mark Melancon Receives Stem Cell Injection

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:15:58 EDT

The San Francisco Giants say Mark Melancon had a stem cell injection in his injured right pronator, which did not respond as hoped to September surgery.

The Giants are hopeful he can begin a throwing program in two weeks.

"I think it's good news that we don't have to do more than that," Bruce Bochy said of the injection. "I can't tell you how long before he's on the mound pitching for us, but at least we have a better idea now than we did yesterday."

Melancon received an opinion from Dr. James Andrews, who declared the pitcher's ligament to be fine.




Double-A Team Outdrew Marlins On Wednesday

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:11:57 EDT

The Miami Marlins drew just 6,150 fans on Wednesday as they hosted the New York Mets.

As low as that figure was, it was made worse by the fact that the club's Double-A affiliate in Jacksonville drew more fans (6,960) to their home opener against the Mobile BayBears.

According to ESPN, the Marlins are last in Major League attendance this season, drawing an average of 12,641 fans.




Shohei Ohtani Lobbying Angels For More Playing Time

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 08:02:35 EDT

Shohei Ohtani has appeared in nine of the Los Angeles Angels' first 14 games, but wants to do more.

The dual-threat has made two starts as a pitcher and six as designated hitter.

"I talk to the medical staff every day, and they see how I'm doing, my strength level, to see if I can play that day," Ohtani said through his translator.

"It's the beginning of the season, so I think they are being pretty careful with me right now. Once the season gets tougher and the schedule gets tougher throughout the summer, hopefully I can make them want to play me more. I would like to play more. If not, that's what it is. I have to follow what they have to say."

As a pitcher, Ohtani is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA and 18 strikeouts over 13 innings. In his first seven games with an at-bat, including one as a pinch-hitter, the left-handed slugger hit .346 with three homers and 11 RBI.




Nationals Sign Mark Reynolds To Minors Deal

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:56:14 EDT

Mark Reynolds has signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals.

Reynolds, 34, hit .267 with 30 homers, 97 RBIs and 175 strikeouts in 520 at-bats for the Colorado Rockies last season.

He went unsigned this offseason in a historically cold free agent market.

After scoring 5.1 runs per game in 2017, the Nationals are at just 4.2 runs per game this season.




Joe Mauer Records 2,000th Hit

Fri, 13 Apr 2018 07:51:07 EDT

Joe Mauer notched the 2,000th hit of his career as the Minnesota Twins blanked the Chicago White Sox 4-0 on Thursday.

"Leading up to it, I didn't try to make a big deal of it, to be honest," Mauer said. "When I got up there the at-bat before, the fans started to get into it. It put some more adrenaline in my system there. It was a special moment, especially coming off a tough lefty and driving in a couple runs, too."

Mauer is the third Twins player -- Rod Carew and Kirby Puckett -- and the 12th active player to reach the milestone. He's one of 287 players in history to reach the mark.

"You do the math of the percentage of players who are in that category versus the people who have had a chance to put the uniform on and it's fairly low," said Paul Molitor, a member of the 3,000-hit club. "You start finding yourself in categories and rising into areas that few people get a chance to experience."




Rangers Lose Elvis Andrus To Fractured Right Elbow

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:18:30 EDT

Elvis Andrus will land on the disabled list for the first time in his career with a fractured right elbow.

Andrus was hit on the elbow by a fastball thrown by Los Angeles Angels' reliever Keynan Middleton.

The Texas Rangers infielder immediately left the game and initial X-rays at Globe Life Park showed a fracture. Andrus was fitted with a splint and will undergo more tests and a CT scan on Thursday.

Andrus is leading the Rangers in average (.327), hits (17) and walks (eight).

"It's unfortunate, it's terrible, I don't have a big enough vocabulary to tell you how I feel," Jeff Banister said. "But I have a big enough vocabulary to tell you this is a group of guys who won't lay down, but will fight through this."




MLB's African-American Population Has Increased

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:12:26 EDT

Major League Baseball's African-American population has increased to 7.8%, up from 7.1% a year ago.

The figure represents baseball's largest growth since 2007-2008.

There were 68 African Americans on Opening Day rosters and disabled lists. Despite the uptick, nearly one-third of all teams don't have more than one African-American on their 25-man roster or DL.

"We're starting to see some progress," MLB executive vice president Tony Reagins says, "but is there a lot of work to be done? Absolutely.

"Our goal is to get our numbers back to 19% and 20%. That's a lofty goal. But this isn't a one-time effort. We are fully committed to this."




Marlins Pull Jarlin Garcia From No-Hit Bid After 77 Pitches

Thu, 12 Apr 2018 08:02:25 EDT

Jarlin Garcia made his first career start for the Miami Marlins on Wednesday after 70 relief appearances.

Garcia struck out three over six no-hit innings, needing only 77 pitches to do so.

Don Mattingly pulled Garcia despite the no-hit bid, presumably due to his pitch count. Prior to the game, Mattingly said Garcia was good for as many as 90 pitches.

"After (90 pitches)," Mattingly had said, "it will depend on what type of game he's having. But he could go 105 or 110 pitches if he needed."




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