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

an hour ago

ST. LOUIS – Mets ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom is on his way to New York to undergo an MRI exam on his elbow on Monday, and general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said the club will place the right-hander on the injured list, retroactive

Brewers' pitchers a force with the bat

@_dadler
1:37 AM EDT

Think MLB needs a universal DH? Don't tell the Brewers. The Brewers' pitching staff is off to an unbelievable start to the season -- at the plate. Through Milwaukee's first 20 games of 2019, Brewers pitchers are hitting, well, like the opposite of a pitcher. As a unit, they have

Watch Moncada demolish a 458-foot homer

@scottmerkin
26 minutes ago

DETROIT -- There aren’t a great deal of home runs to straightaway center field at Comerica Park. There are even fewer homers where the center fielder takes a few steps back and then pulls up to watch the ball fly out. But White Sox third baseman Yoan Moncada hit both

Morrison heads to Yankees on Minors deal

@BryanHoch
6:27 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- Logan Morrison once bristled that he -- and not the Yankees' Gary Sánchez -- should have been invited to participate in the Home Run Derby. Two years later, the Yankees may ask the veteran first baseman to take a few swings for them. The club announced on

Keller, Anderson suspended for roles in fracas

@scottmerkin
6:31 PM EDT

DETROIT -- Royals pitcher Brad Keller was suspended five games, while White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson and manager Rick Renteria each received a one-game suspensions for their roles in the benches-clearing incident during the sixth inning of Wednesday’s 4-3 Royals victory at Guaranteed Rate Field. Keller was suspended for intentionally

Watch the Wrigley wind give Kris Bryant 2 RBIs

3:43 PM EDT

The elements played havoc with D-backs defenders at Wrigley Field on Friday. With the wind blowing in at 25 mph from center -- and gusting around 40 mph -- any fly ball was going to be an adventure. And with the bases loaded and Kris Bryant at the plate in

Watch Ohtani join teammates for BP on field

@RhettBollinger
27 minutes ago

ANAHEIM -- Shohei Ohtani took another step in his rehab from Oct. 1 Tommy John surgery before Friday’s game against the Mariners, taking swings with teammates on the field at Angel Stadium. Ohtani has been hitting on the field since March 26 and has been facing fastballs and curveballs from

D-backs get Swihart, int'l pool money for Wilson

@_dadler
6:57 PM EDT

The D-backs acquired catcher Blake Swihart and international bonus-pool money in a trade with the Red Sox on Friday, sending Minor League outfielder Marcus Wilson to Boston. Swihart was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday in somewhat of a surprise move, as Boston looked to shake things

For Yanks, it's decision time on Gio Gonzalez

@feinsand
5:26 PM EDT

The Yankees have a decision to make by Saturday regarding Gio Gonzalez’s future, but the pitcher made a big decision of his own as he awaits word on whether he’ll join New York’s roster. “We'll see. That's something that the front office is talking through,” Yankees manager Aaron Boone said

Vlad Jr. on callup: 'It's out of my hands'

@mattkellyMLB
4:41 PM EDT

While Vladimir Guerrero Jr.’s callup date to the Majors remains unclear, MLB Pipeline's No. 1 prospect told reporters Friday that he is feeling healthy and is focused on his current work with Triple-A Buffalo instead of looking too far ahead. “I’m not frustrated,” Guerrero said of his current time in

Hendricks finds feel in masterful 11-K start

@MLBastian
5:56 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- A few hours before Kyle Hendricks took the mound on Friday afternoon, Cubs manager Joe Maddon expressed confidence in the pitcher’s ability to correct his rough start to the season. Maddon explained that it was all about feel and rhythm, and Hendricks was closing in on finding both.

Here's each team's closer of the future

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
April 18, 2019

Identifying future closers isn't easy. Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader and only unanimous Hall of Famer, began his pro career as a starter. So did Edwin Diaz and Wade Davis, the league leaders in saves a year ago, and many other pitchers who are nailing down the ninth inning

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

@RichardJustice
11:42 AM EDT

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

Beat The Freeze? B-Ham, Gore want a shot

@mattkellyMLB
6:35 PM EDT

The Royals have built their roster around speed this season, and two of their fastest players say they’re ready to try to beat “The Freeze” -- if the Braves’ promotional sensation is up for the challenge. “I think we should make that happen,” Royals center fielder Billy Hamilton said during

Sanchez set to join Yanks after rehab game

Boone 'encouraged' by Andujar's progress; Stanton to travel with team
@BryanHoch
7:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK -- The Yankees are "optimistic" that Gary Sánchez will rejoin the lineup on the club's upcoming West Coast road trip, according to manager Aaron Boone, though the catcher is expected to play in at least one Minor League rehab game before being activated. Eligible to come off the

White Sox have deep Cuban connection

Club's history of players from the nation started with Minoso
@scottmerkin
9:01 AM EDT

Jose Contreras, Jose Abreu, Yoán Moncada, Luis Robert, Yonder Alonso and Jon Jay walk into a conference room at Camelback Ranch on a Sunday morning in early March during Spring Training. A bond has been forged between the group via the White Sox organization they work for, but there’s something

Hendricks throws first WP in ... how long?

Until Friday, Cubs righty had longest active streak in Majors
@MLBastian
4:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- If there was one statistical achievement that provided an apt summation of Kyle Hendricks the pitcher and person, it was the streak. In both personal demeanor and professional approach, Hendricks is collected and precise. Wildness would never enter into the equation. So it was perfect that Hendricks had

Russell on target for May return to Cubs

Chatwood's start moved up as Chicago shuffles rotation; Lester improving
@MLBastian
3:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO -- With Addison Russell unavailable for the first month of the season, Cubs manager Joe Maddon has utilized several players at second base while regular second baseman Javier Báez has slid over to shortstop. The results over the first few weeks have been strong, but the early success is

When could Keuchel, Kimbrel be game-ready?

@feinsand
2:00 AM EDT

As rumors continue to swirl around Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel, it’s becoming clear that the two All-Star free agents will sign with teams at some point. And once they sign, the question quickly becomes: How soon will we see them pitching in a Major League game? This question was

Top prospect Chavis called up by Red Sox

Nunez heads to 10-day IL; Lin recalled from Triple-A
@Sportsgal25 and @IanMBrowne
31 minutes ago

ST. PETERSBURG -- With a collection of injuries in the infield, the Red Sox have created some excitement for this weekend’s three-game series against the Rays by promoting Michael Chavis, their No. 1-ranked prospect, from Triple-A Pawtucket. Friday marked the first callup to the Major Leagues for Chavis, who is

Doubleheader Saturday after rainout Friday

@castrovince
2:39 PM EDT

CLEVELAND -- Rain fell on the first day of a Braves road trip that doubles as a six-game tour of Ohio, delaying Touki Toussaint’s first start of the season. Inclement weather led to the postponement of Friday’s opener of a three-game series with the Indians at Progressive Field on Friday.

Would this team forfeit pick to sign Kimbrel?

1:26 PM EDT

Closer Craig Kimbrel has compiled an impressive resume during his nine seasons in the big leagues, recording a microscopic 1.91 ERA with a 0.92 WHIP, 333 saves and a 14.7 K/9 rate. Below you will find a list of the latest news and rumors surrounding the right-hander, who remains unsigned.

Twins-O's postponed Friday; DH on Saturday

Baltimore flips starters for twin bill, with Straily going in Game 1 and Cobb in nightcap
@JoeTrezz
5:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles returned home to tornado warnings and thunderstorms threatening to carry on into the weekend, and adjusted their schedule accordingly. With rain pouring down by late afternoon, Friday’s scheduled series opener between the Orioles and Twins was postponed due to inclement weather. The teams will instead line

Dominant Urias K’s 9, now headed to bullpen

@kengurnick
April 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- How loaded is the Dodgers’ starting rotation if there isn’t room for Julio Urias? Urias is headed to the bullpen with the return of Hyun-Jin Ryu from the injured list on Saturday, even though Urias didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning Thursday night in the Dodgers’