The Giants confirmed Madison Bumgarner sustained a Grade 2 sprain of his throwing shoulder in his April 20 dirt-bike accident.
Posted: April 29, 2017, 2:06 am
Luke Maile joins the Blue Jays roster with a reputation for being able to handle himself behind the dish. When the Toronto Blue Jays signed Jarrod Saltalamacchia, they did so for his bat. In just 26 trips to the plate, Saltamacchia showed the Blue Jays all that he might not be able to provide an offensive boost after all, leading the team to designate the 31-year-old for assignment.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 10:08 pm
He 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,
Posted: April 28, 2017, 9:57 pm
Josh Hamilton, who mesmerized the baseball world by battling his demons to become one of the best players in Major League Baseball, will make about $28 million this season. But he may never again swing a bat in a big-league game. Hamilton, 35, who last played for the Texas Rangers in 2015 and is still being paid as part of a $125 million contract he signed four years ago with the Los Angeles Angels, was released by the Texas Rangers on April 21. He had hoped for a comeback with the Rangers this spring but knee injuries derailed him. If this is the end of the Raleigh, N.C., native’s baseball career, it will be one worth remembering. That he ever played in the Major Leagues was improbable. Despite
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:32 pm
ESPN 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
Posted: April 28, 2017, 6:35 pm
Welcome 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
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:56 pm
Chapman 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
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:25 pm
On Sunday, Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes was ejected for throwing at Orioles third baseman Manny Machado‘s head. It was revenge for a slide of Machado’s which ended up injuring Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia. Hall of Famer and former Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez said that if he were in Barnes’ shoes, he would have also thrown at Machado, although not necessarily at his head.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:50 pm
If a pitcher is a stream candidate in “shallow” leagues, it means he has an ownership rate between 35% and 50%. An endorsement for a pitcher in a shallow or medium league would also apply to the leagues beneath it, but those of you in deep leagues shouldn’t hold out hope that a pitcher with an ownership rate of 40% will be available. Miley continues to get the job done for the Orioles.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 4:21 pm
The spotlight found umpire Angel Hernandez on Thursday while he was behind the plate for the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Miami Marlins, and he made the very best of it. It was the fifth inning and Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp was working with pitcher Jeremy Hellickson to get the third out and end the frame. Martin Prado was batting, and on the 2-2 pitch he popped the ball up and behind him into foul territory.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:24 pm
Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is nursing a calf injury, an issue that plagued him starting early in spring training. Manager Jeff Banister said, “It’s at the point where we didn’t necessarily see the progress results we thought we would see. We decided to take a step back and get him back to where the soreness and [swelling] is out of there. Fortunately for the Rangers, Joey Gallo has performed admirably in place of Beltre at third base.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:23 pm
In his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Dexter Fowler heard a familiar refrain from manager Joe Maddon. The Cubs often went to victory with Fowler spearheading the charge, including a win in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland as Fowler walloped a leadoff homer. Now the script is being repeated, only five hours or so south of Chicago.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:34 am
Kauffman Stadium will look mighty good to the Kansas City Royals. The Royals, who were off Thursday, open a 10-game homestand Friday, with the first three against the Minnesota Twins. It is certainly an understatement to say the road has not been kind to the Royals.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:28 am
In his two seasons with the Chicago Cubs, Dexter Fowler heard a familiar refrain from manager Joe Maddon. "You go," Maddon told him before games, "we go." The Cubs often went to victory with Fowler spearheading the charge, including a win in Game 7 of the 2016 World Series in Cleveland as Fowler walloped a leadoff homer. Now the script is being repeated, only five hours or so south of Chicago. Fowler is going and the St. Louis Cardinals' offense is starting to go. In a 6-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays that polished off a doubleheader sweep Thursday, Fowler reached base four times. He singled twice, belted a two-out solo homer in the second inning and also drew a walk. Even his out was well-struck,
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:00 am
SAN FRANCISCO -- Two of April's worst starting pitchers will attempt to get into the win column before the calendar flips to May when the San Diego Padres visit the San Francisco Giants on Friday night to begin a three-game series. The clubs met in San Diego during the first week of the season, with the Padres winning two of three. Right-handers Luis Perdomo (0-1) of the Padres and Jeff Samardzija (0-4) of the Giants will duel in Friday's series opener. Perdomo also started the first game of the series in San Diego, and left well before the Padres had wrapped up a 7-6 win. He gave up two home runs to Giants first baseman Brandon Belt in his 5 1/3 innings, including a grand slam in the sixth that
Posted: April 28, 2017, 8:00 am
BOSTON — Sure, it’s early. Anything that happens in April is early. Anything that happens before Memorial Day, if we’re being honest, is early but April … well, April is awfully early. It’s crazy early, absurdly early. Just so we’re in agreement on that. Still … Isn’t it refreshing to use that word as a way to manage enthusiasm rather than as a way to temper anxiety? Isn’t it better to be — just picking a team at random here — the Yankees, winners of 13 of their first 20, playing .650 ball in a year when it was believed they’d do very well to play at .500, when they have to keep yelling over the blare of joyous postgame playlists “IT’S TOO EARLY TO GET TOO FULL OF OURSELVES!” as a couple of them
Posted: April 28, 2017, 7:30 am
Blue Jays 4 Cardinals 6 After collapsing in the first game of that day/night doubleheader, John Gibbons sent out a glorified AAA lineup, with Chris Coghlan batting second, Ezequel Carrera third and Jarrod Saltalamacchia fifth (he of the 0.045 batting average and 64% strikeout rate coming in). And it went about as expected, with the Jays completing their dismal day dropping a deceptively close 6-4 game to fall to 6-16, 10 games under .500 just 22 games into the 2017 season. Casey Lawrence did not have a very good start, giving up 6 runs on 10 hits over 5 innings, with 3 free passes and just one strikeout. On top of that, he wasn't well served defensively either, as a booted grounder in the 1st
Posted: April 28, 2017, 5:00 am
With all the off-days in the season's opening month, it's given the Cubs an opportunity to tinker with their rotation. They're shaking things up with the order again ahead of the three-game set against the Red Sox in Boston. The Cubs will roll with Jake Arrieta Friday on CSN, John Lackey Saturday and Kyle Hendricks Sunday. Hendricks just threw Tuesday night in the second game of the Pirates series in Pittsburgh. He enjoyed the best start of his 2017 season, allowing six baserunners in six shutout innings, lowering his ERA to 4.50 and WHIP to 1.27. Despite the strong start, the 2016 MLB ERA leader wasn't willing to say he's "back." "It's just one start," he told reporters Tuesday night. "It's
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:44 am
It's been an eventful week, as far as prospect call-ups go. Two of my five on the verge indeed graduated to the majors, with Cody Bellinger getting the call Tuesday and Julio Urias making his inevitable return Thursday. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Giants introduced their third baseman of the future, and while Christian Arroyo may not profile as an immediate contributor in single-season leagues, any prospect who's good enough to start in the majors is of great significance in dynasty leagues. So now what? Yoan Moncada remains the most obvious prospect to stash, but it's so obvious that he's already 75 percent owned in CBS Sports leagues. The call-up buzz has been surprisingly minimal during this
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:33 am
Milwaukee Brewers slugger Eric Thames is off to a ridiculous start in his return from three stellar seasons in Korea. Heading into Thursday, Thames is hitting .370/.489/.904 with 11 homers, 19 RBI and 27 runs. He leads the majors in runs, home runs, slugging and OPS. Given that Thames was a career .250/.296/.431 hitter in the majors before departing for his Korean hiatus, it was all too predictable to see what was coming. Chicago Cubs starter John Lackey offered up a joke about Thames having done something differently and then pitching coach Chris Bosio suggested that Thames has a different body type. Yep, here come the PED accusations, whether indirect or direct. We can't post an article
Posted: April 28, 2017, 1:17 am
SAN FRANCISCO — The momentum generated by Christian Arroyo and Michael Morse late Wednesday night lasted just a few hours. By the end of this four-game series, the Giants were left with a harsh reality: Even with two injections of new blood, they are not hitting. Arroyo drove in another run Thursday, but that was it for a lineup that couldn’t support Matt Moore’s effort. The bullpen, which had kept Bruce Bochy’s guys in close games all series, finally broke in the 10th. The Dodgers walked away with a 5-1 win and a split of a series that was rather uninspiring for both sides. After scoring 10 runs on the last road trip, the Giants scored just eight during the four games against the Dodgers.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:20 am
Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller has a partially torn ligament in his elbow and is considering Tommy John surgery. Miller said Thursday that he has a tear in his right ulnar collateral ligament, but it was not a 100 percent tear. He also has a flexor strain in his elbow. Miller has been on the disabled list since Monday with right forearm soreness and consulted with three different doctors who came up with similar diagnoses. Miller was transferred to the 60-day DL on Thursday and will decide whether to have Tommy John surgery or try rehab, which might include stem cell injections to promote healing. The Diamondbacks purchased the contract of left-hander T.J. McFarland from Triple-A
Posted: April 28, 2017, 12:20 am
The Mets lost again on Thursday afternoon, suffering a 7-5 defeat at the hands of the Braves. It’s their sixth consecutive loss and the club is now in last place in the NL East. Not exactly the start the Mets envisioned.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 10:15 pm
With Kendrick Lamar's "Duckworth" blaring through the clubhouse speakers, a spirited Phillies team fresh off a six-game winning streak packed its bags for a daunting road trip. The Phils, 11-9 after Thursday's 3-2 win over the Marlins (see Instant Replay), begin a three-game series at Dodger Stadium Friday night before heading to Wrigley Field for four games with the reigning champion Cubs. After that, they play six of their next eight games against the Nationals, who have the best record in baseball and the top three RBI leaders in the majors so far this season. On the one hand, you want to face these teams when you're hot. On the other hand, we saw what happened late last May when the Phils
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:40 pm
Collins' gaffe in field led to M's run, but his three-hit day helped score another; K-Rod's ninth spoils solid pitching Tyler Collins made a mistake. Playing in centerfield in the top of the sixth inning this afternoon, the mistake was another miscommunication. This time, rightfielder Jim Adduci was his tag-team partner. The two have only played two games in the outfield together and on this shallow fly ball to right-center, they collided. Nelson Cruz, who should have been walking back to the dugout, was suddenly standing on second base. Shortly thereafter, the Tigers had fallen behind. BOX SCORE But Collins made up for his mistake in earnest the next half inning, doubling off the right-center
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:36 pm
Just a few bob-and-weaves from the Rocky Balboa statue, the NFL set the stage for the draft that turned a chunk of the city into gridlock for future stars of the gridiron. Lost in the hoopla just a few miles down the road, ''Eye of the Tiger'' blared again for Philadelphia closer Hector Neris, the theme song from ''Rocky III'' and the movie that inspired the statue - and just may be the fight anthem for the suddenly solid Phillies. Jeremy Hellickson allowed one run over six innings to lead the Phillies to their sixth straight win, 3-2 over the Miami Marlins on Thursday.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 9:23 pm
Things you should know about today's game... 1) Yoenis Cespedes limped off the field in the fourth inning after injuring the same hamstring that kept him out for three games recently. 2) Matt Harvey looked great in the first inning and looked like a mess thereafter, as his command vanished and his fastball velocity dipped as low as 90 MPH. He limited the damage until the fifth, when he was done in by a three-run homer by Kurt Suzuki that ended his day. 3) The Mets scored two runs in the ninth inning, but T.J. Rivera -- who was representing the tying run -- grounded out to end the game. 4) The Mets made a bunch of mental mistakes. Jose Reyes failed to record a force out at home in the second inning,
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:07 pm
Derek Jeter’s group hasn’t won the bidding for the Marlins just yet. Dreams of Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush leading the Miami Marlins to a World Series title are on hold momentarily. Contrary to an earlier report, the group led by Jeter and Bush have not officially won the rights to purchase the franchise. It was believed Jeter and Bush’s group had won the bidding, and agreed to purchase the franchise for $1.3 billion.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:27 pm
Reliever Jason Motte returned to the majors on Thursday without his trademark beard. The former St. Louis Cardinals closer was recalled by the Atlanta Braves from Triple-A Gwinnett, where he had to shave his beard to comply with organization rules that forbid facial hair for minor league players. "My daughter's 4?, so she ended up shaving it for me," Motte told reporters, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "She was pretty excited to help me shave it. She did say, 'You look weird. Put it back on.' But it's all part of it. It'll be back." If he's successful with Atlanta, he'll have a chance to grow back his beard. The Braves have no rules about facial hair at the major league level.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 7:06 pm
March comes in like a lion, goes out like a lamb. April, though, comes in like a Cub and goes out like a National. The rankings (records through Wednesday’s games): 1. Washington Nationals (15-6; Previous: 5): Nats really focused on their first 100 wins
Posted: April 27, 2017, 4:30 pm
There could be some bad news coming for the New York Mets, and for anyone who loves powerful, dominant pitching. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ long-haired towheaded ace, is dealing with a possible injury to his pitching arm. He’s been scratched from his
Posted: April 27, 2017, 3:43 pm
Before Tuesday night, the Toronto Blue Jays were a struggling, underperforming team that was running out of time to right the ship. Because no one was talking about the Blue Jays’ pathetic start anymore, they were talking about the greatest home plate tag anyone has ever seen. Coghlan’s slide was one of the things that helped the Jays win against the St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday, and they needed it badly.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 2:19 pm
TV: FOX Sports Florida TIME: Pregame coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco is taking the advice of Philadelphia hitting coach Matt Stairs and starting to relax at the plate, content to drive balls to the opposite field instead of looking to pull everything to left field. "Right now I feel really good," Franco said after hitting his second grand slam in two weeks in the Phillies' 7-4 win over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night. "I'm not trying too hard. I'm trying to hit the ball up the middle and to the other side. That's an adjustment I've had to make." Watch the Miami Marlins on FOX Sports Florida Broadcast schedule FOX Sports Go VIDEO: Marlins
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
Mar 25, 2017; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Cody Bellinger (61) during a spring training game against the Oakland Athletics at Camelback Ranch. Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports The Los Angeles Dodgers were going to be interesting no matter what in 2017. Winners of the National League West each of the last four years, the question coming into the season was (and still is) whether or not the team can finally break through and win at World Series. Things got more interesting Tuesday with the team’s promotion of top prospect Cody Bellinger from Triple-A Oklahoma City. Bellinger figured to find himself in the majors at some point this season, but few were expecting it to be this
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
Gift Ngoepe made history Wednesday night as he became the first-ever African-born player in MLB. The Pirates shortstop made the most of his major-league debut, notching a hit in his first career at-bat and a walk in Pittsburgh's 6-5 victory over the Chicago Cubs. Ngoepe, a 27-year-old native of South Africa, was called up from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, making him the first player from the entire continent of Africa to reach the majors. Ngoepe was unsure if he'd even play in his first day on the Pirates' big league roster, but manager Clint Hurdle pulled a double switch in the fourth inning, bringing Ngoepe off the bench to play second base. Ngoepe said it was difficult to keep his composure
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
CLEVELAND (AP) -- Francisco Lindor has added game-changing power to his long list of skills. Lindor's two-run homer in the seventh inning lifted the Cleveland Indians over the Houston Astros 4-3 Thursday night. The 456-foot blast off Chris Devenski (1-1) landed in the visitors bullpen about 50 feet beyond the center field wall. "I'm not supposed to be hitting the ball that far," Lindor said with a laugh. Indians manager Terry Francona watched Lindor make an All-Star team and help the Indians reach the World Series in his first full season in the majors. Nothing the switch-hitting shortstop does is a surprise anymore. "Sometimes you need good players to step up," Francona said. Corey Kluber (3-1)
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
Kiermaier’s throw wasn’t actually bad. But Flaherty’s slide separated Rays third baseman Evan Longoria from the ball, letting it get by. Still, pitcher Alex Cobb was there backing up, so it seemed like the throwing error wouldn’t actually cause any damage. Then things got really bad as Longoria looked more like he was in a snowball fight rather than a baseball game when Cobb threw back to third base trying to pick Flaherty off. Shane Peterson’s throw from left field to the infield wasn’t so hot, either. Finally, someone delivered a strike with Longoria humming one to home plate. But the throw came late as Smith slid in past the tag. And that’s how a single turns into a two-run homer. All this
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
ST. LOUIS -- Dexter Fowler, Greg Garcia and Matt Adams each had three hits as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 on Thursday night to sweep a day-night doubleheader. St. Louis scored three times in the first inning of the nightcap. After Fowler and Garcia hit back-to-back singles, Matt Carpenter plated a run with a groundout and Stephen Piscotty hit an RBI sacrifice fly. Randal Grichuk followed with an infield single and scored on Matt Adams' opposite-field double into the left-field corner. Fowler added a solo home run, his third of the season, in the second inning. Matt Adams had an RBI single in the third. Piscotty had an RBI fielder's choice in the fourth to make it 6-0.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 8:00 am
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