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Judge departs with oblique injury, to get MRI

@SlangsOnSports
20 minutes ago

NEW YORK -- Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge left Saturday's game against the Royals in the bottom of the sixth inning with a left oblique injury and will head to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation and an MRI. After hitting a single, Judge winced on a swing and was

Is that ... Jacob deGrom throwing a baseball?

1:45 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Mets ace Jacob deGrom played catch in the outfield at Busch Stadium on Saturday morning, and now there is a possibility that he won’t undergo a scheduled MRI exam on his right elbow on Monday. deGrom, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, told reporters that

Gio to opt out of deal with Yanks (source)

3:14 PM EDT

Gio Gonzalez will opt out of his contract with the Yankees, a source told MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. New York will have 48 hours to either add him to the roster or grant him his release. If Gonzalez is added, he’ll earn a $3 million base salary, plus $300,000 per start.

Francisco Lindor back, Hanley designated

Francona: 'He was miserable not playing'
@MandyBell02
16 minutes ago

CLEVELAND -- After 74 days of battling through injuries, Francisco Lindor is back. The Indians announced Saturday afternoon that the All-Star shortstop has been activated off the 10-day injured list prior to the team’s doubleheader against the Braves, and he's expected to be in the lineup for Game 2. In

Overturned homer gets Aaron Boone ejected

2:21 PM EDT

What was originally a Gleyber Torres three-run homer was overturned on replay. Bidding for the Yankees' third long ball of the day in the third inning on Saturday, Torres hit a fly ball to left field that Royals outfielder Alex Gordon was leaping to catch, but a fan got in

Here are next offseason's top 15 free agents

@castrovince
April 19, 2019

If your plans for next winter revolved around obsessively refreshing your social media feeds for free-agency updates on Nolan Arenado, Justin Verlander, Chris Sale, Xander Bogaerts, Khris Davis, Paul Goldschmidt, Aaron Hicks, Miles Mikolas or Sonny Gray, we have some terrible, terrible news for you. However, if MLB’s Extension Extravaganza

Eovaldi to injured list with right elbow issue

Righty has loose body in joint, will be re-evaluated Monday; Holt removed from rehab game
@Sportsgal25
10 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- Boston's rotation took another hit on Saturday, when Nathan Eovaldi was placed on the 10-day injured list after an MRI revealed a loose body in his right elbow. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said there was a “definitely a chance” Eovaldi would need surgery,

Moncada maintaining even keel during breakout

Switch-hitter showing major improvement from right side; Jay making progress in return
@scottmerkin
an hour ago

DETROIT -- Yoán Moncada deposited a baseball where very few baseballs have gone before at Comerica Park, with his home run traveling 458 feet in the first inning of Friday’s 7-3 victory, marking the second-longest home run hit to straightaway center at Comerica since 2015, per Statcast. “That was the

Sanchez set to rejoin Yankees after rehab game

@SlangsOnSports
12:26 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are expecting Gary Sánchez back during their upcoming road trip, manager Aaron Boone said Saturday. Sánchez has been on the injured list since April 12 with a left calf strain. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .268 with six home runs and 11 RBIs.

This ace looks unhittable once again

Armed with one of MLB's filthiest pitches, Castillo is back to '17 form
@mattkellyMLB
10:40 AM EDT

One of the big questions in Cincinnati (and in fantasy circles, too) last April was, "What happened to Luis Castillo?" After an electric rookie start in summer 2017, the righty was carrying a 7.85 ERA and a garish 1.9 HR/9 rate through the season’s first month. But a year later,

Cubs shut down Morrow after recovery setback

Veteran reliever did not respond well after throwing earlier this week
@MLBastian
1:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- The Cubs were hoping to have closer Brandon Morrow miss only the season's first month, but the pitcher's comeback from a right elbow injury has been put on hold. Cubs manager Joe Maddon noted on Saturday that Morrow (on the 10-day injured list) did not recover well from

Let the kids rake: Youngsters hit monster HRs

@_dadler
2:46 AM EDT

The kids aren't just playing -- they're crushing. It's not the first time, and it won't be the last, but Friday featured some huge homers from MLB's young sluggers. You won’t want to miss them. Here are the big five big flies, all from players 25 or younger. **Yoan Moncada,

This HR makes zero sense, wins game for LA

Enrique Hernandez homers off Josh Hader's 0-2 pitch, a first for both
@kengurnick
1:17 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Enrique Hernández owns Madison Bumgarner. He homered three times in a pennant-clincher. He homered twice on Opening Day. He’s no fluke. But it was still something of a shock on Friday night when he lined an 0-2 fastball from the intimidating Josh Hader for a three-run homer to

Blackmon's 1st blast in '19 a walk-off shot

@harding_at_mlb
3:59 AM EDT

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon allowed a faint smile as his first 2019 homer -- 82 at-bats in waiting -- sailed toward the back of the visiting bullpen in right-center field. Halfway down the third-base line, he chucked away his helmet and arrived at the plate with such force that teammates

CC nears 3,000-K mark in 247th victory

Starter strikes out five over five innings of one-run ball; Gardner, Tauchman homer to lead offense
@BryanHoch
1:11 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- CC Sabathia says that he returned for one final big league season so he could appear in another World Series, not to chase round numbers. Yet as the veteran left-hander draws nearer to the 3,000-strikeout mark, the historic milestone has been occupying his thoughts with growing intensity.

White Sox-Tigers postponed; makeup on Aug. 6

Norris and the rest of the rotation all will be pushed back a day
12:40 PM EDT

DETROIT -- The Tigers almost made it through their opening month without a rainout at home, but a cold, rainy Saturday afternoon in Motown washed out those hopes. Saturday’s Tigers-White Sox game was postponed, to be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on Tuesday, Aug. 6.

Red Sox make statement with 3 HRs vs. Rays

Vazquez goes deep, then Betts and Moreland go back-to-back
@Sportsgal25
April 19, 2019

ST. PETERSBURG -- On Friday night, the Red Sox decided they’d had enough. Enough of the questions, the second-guessing and, most of all, the losses. And so, in the eighth inning, they made a statement. Will it be enough to send the team back on the same kind of winning

For first time ever, No. 0 faces No. 0

@BryanHoch
12:48 AM EDT

NEW YORK -- Nothing from nothing leaves nothing, as the musician Billy Preston sang in 1974. But when the Yankees' Adam Ottavino faced the Royals' Terrance Gore in the seventh inning of New York's 6-2 win on Friday at Yankee Stadium, we had something -- baseball history. Both players wear

Yelich homers again, more history for the MVP

@AdamMcCalvy
1:39 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE -- Christian Yelich tied the Brewers’ record for home runs in an opening month when he belted No. 11 in the first inning of Friday's 5-3 loss to the Dodgers, and he has plenty of time to set a new mark. The Brewers have 10 more games on the

Is this the most unlikely BOMB of 2019?

Alonso's massive homer lifts Mets to win over Cards
1:42 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- After struggling in their last two games coming up with big hits, the Mets hoped to get a jolt from their offense as they opened a three-game series against the Cardinals on Friday night. Pete Alonso delivered. Alonso homered, collected two hits and scored twice in the

D-backs add Swihart in trade with Red Sox

Versatile switch-hitter likely to play corner-outfield, corner-infield spots
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Blake Swihart may not be an ideal fit on the D-backs' roster given the way it’s currently constructed, but when given the opportunity to acquire him, the team felt it couldn’t pass it up. Swihart, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday, was acquired

9 players off to hot starts we didn't see coming

@RichardJustice
April 19, 2019

We should have predicted this kind of season coming from Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe. When the Rays believe in a player enough to guarantee him $24 million despite his having played just 43 Major League games, it’s a pretty good indication he’s special. The Rays don’t miss on these

deGrom to go on IL, get MRI on 'barking' elbow

April 19, 2019

ST. LOUIS – Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom will return to New York with the team on Sunday night, and then undergo an MRI exam on his elbow on Monday. General manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the club will place the right-hander on

Cards prospect hits HR in eventful 1st career AB

@LangoschMLB
1:20 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS -- Lane Thomas had finished his circle around the bases and passed through the mass of giddy teammates who were ready for his return to the dugout when he was reminded that there was one more thing left to do. The crowd, he was told, was waiting for

BP session has Ohtani eager to rejoin Angels

@RhettBollinger
April 19, 2019

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani took another step in his recovery from Tommy John surgery on Friday before the Angels' matchup with the Mariners, as he hit on the field with his teammates for the first time since undergoing the operation on Oct. 1. Ohtani, in a group with Kevan Smith