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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

Morrison heads to Yankees on Minors deal

12:49 PM EDT

The Yankees have agreed to a Minor League contract with Logan Morrison. MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the deal has an opt-out date of July 1 and would pay Morrison $1 million if he’s added to the big league roster. The club has not confirmed the details of the deal.

Keller, Anderson suspended for roles in fracas

@mattkellyMLB
2:31 PM EDT

Major League Baseball handed down a five-game suspension and an undisclosed fine to Royals pitcher Brad Keller and a one-game suspension and undisclosed fine to White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for their involvement in the benches-clearing melee between Kansas City and Chicago on Wednesday afternoon. White Sox manager Rick Renteria

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

For Yanks, it's decision time on Gio Gonzalez

@feinsand
3:01 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. Gonzalez has changed agents, leaving long-time rep Scott Boras in favor of CAA, according to sources.

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

@mattkellyMLB
15 minutes ago

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 throws first WP in ... how long?

Until Friday, Cubs righty had longest active streak in Majors
@MLBastian
25 minutes ago

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

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
12:57 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

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

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

@IanMBrowne
12:37 PM EDT

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 in Tampa Bay by promoting Michael Chavis, their No. 1-ranked prospect, from Triple-A Pawtucket. It's the first callup to the Major Leagues for Chavis, who is ranked

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

3:27 PM EDT

Friday's scheduled game between the Orioles and Minnesota Twins has been postponed due to inclement weather. The game will be made up as part of a traditional (single-admission) doubleheader on Saturday, April 20. The first game of the April 20 doubleheader will begin at 4:05 p.m. ET, followed by the

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’

Votto records a career first in back-to-back ABs

@oapostrophesd
April 18, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- The Reds enjoyed a night of firsts Thursday at Petco Park. First baseman Joey Votto connected for his first career leadoff home run, Tucker Barnhart hit his first home run from the No. 9 spot of the lineup and Tanner Roark earned his first win with the

This incredible throw went 98.4 mph

@kengurnick
April 18, 2019

MILWAUKEE -- Down by three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning Thursday night, Milwaukee’s Hernan Perez tried to score from second base on Lorenzo Cain’s two-out single. Alex Verdugo believes he might have convinced the Brewers he doesn’t have a typical left fielder’s throwing arm, using a laser

The latest on Vlad Jr.'s Major League arrival

@gregorMLB
April 18, 2019

MINNEAPOLIS -- Blue Jays fans will have to wait at least a few more days before Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is called up to make his Major League debut. Toronto's fan base has been waiting on pins and needles for news of Guerrero's imminent arrival. There was some speculation it might

Indians prospect makes history with 4-HR game

@wboor
April 18, 2019

Will Benson, known for his incredible raw power, made history on Thursday night, becoming the first player in Class A Lake County history to homer four times in one night. Benson homered in each of his first four at-bats and finished 4-for-5 with eight RBIs in a 12-6 win over

After Healy's 2 HRs, Mariners need late heroics

@gregjohnsmlb
3:25 AM EDT

ANAHEIM -- This time, Ryon Healy left nothing to chance. After having a home run reversed by replay a day earlier, the big third baseman launched a pair of no-doubt long balls and Jay Bruce delivered the go-ahead RBI single in the top of the ninth as the Mariners snapped

Watch Nolan flaunt range, arm from foul ground

@harding_at_mlb
12:10 AM EDT

DENVER -- Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado can turn a bad hop into a really sweet one. In the fourth inning of Colorado's 6-2 win over the Phillies on Thursday night at Coors Field, Rhys Hoskins lashed a Kyle Freeland pitch for a two-hopper toward the third-base line. The second