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Wed May 1518:33Braves call up top prospect Riley, let go of LHP BiddleJesse BiddleRPRangersFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3B/LFBravesFree Agent
Dansby SwansonSSBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintRP/SPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves are giving another top prospect his shot, recalling Austin Riley from Triple-A Gwinnett on Wednesday after a dominating start in the International League.While normally a third baseman, Riley recently started three straight games in left field for the minor league team. That's where he was set to play in his big league debut, batting sixth for Atlanta's game against the St. Louis Cardinals.Riley was hitting .299 and leading the International League with 15 homers and 39 RBIs. A roster spot opened when center fielder Ender Inciarte was placed on the 10-day injured list with a sore back.He realized the logjam he was behind due to third baseman Josh Donaldson and first baseman Freddie Freeman."I had no clue," Riley said before the game. "I was kind of waiting my turn. I hate Ender went down last night, but I'm happy to be here and hopefully I can help out."Ronald Acuña Jr. will move over to play center field, giving Riley a chance to get extensive time in lef... [More]
Wed May 1518:28Rangers place Andrus on IL amid flurry of roster movesElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Willie CalhounLFRangersFree Agent
Jeffrey SpringsRPRangersFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Texas Rangers placed shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Nashville amid a flurry of roster moves Wednesday.Left-hander Jeffrey Springs was also recalled from Nashville and right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang sent to the same club before the Rangers played the middle game of their three-game set against the Royals.Andrus hurt his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning of the series opener Tuesday night. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thinks Andrus should be ready to come back within 10 days, but he wants to make sure the injury is fully healed."I hope it's before that," Woodward said, "because then he'll be ready. You don't want this to linger with him being an older guy and a shortstop. There are a lot of demands on that position."Andrus, who was hitting .325 with six homers and 26 RBIs, had started a team-high 38 games. The only one he mis... [More]
Wed May 1518:19Edwin Jackson makes MLB history by playing for 14th teamRyan BoruckiSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Clay BuchholzSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Jimmy CorderoRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Edwin JacksonRPTigersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BMetsFree Agent
Thomas PannoneRP/SPBlue JaysFree Agent
David PhelpsRPCubsFree Agent
Clayton RichardSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his Toronto Blue Jays debut.The 35-year-old right-hander allowed three runs — two earned — and six hits in five innings against San Francisco. He struck out two, walked one, hit a batter and left after 77 pitches with the score 3-3.Toronto acquired Jackson from the Oakland Athletics on Saturday for $30,000. He became his tenure with his new team by throwing an 88 mph cutter that Joe Panik took for a called strike.Jackson had been tied with Octavio Dotel for most teams. Jackson agreed last month to a minor league contract with the A's and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three minor league starts.In addition to the Blue Jays and A's, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Baltimore.Jackson made his 306th big league start. He entered with a 10... [More]
Wed May 1518:18Cubs' Zobrist files for separation from wifeAddison Russell2B/SSCubsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2B/LF/PH/RFCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Cubs' Ben Zobrist and his wife, Julianna Zobrist, have filed court documents in separate states seeking to end their marriage.Ben Zobrist filed a complaint for legal separation in Tennessee, according to The Tennesseean . The couple has a home in Williamson County.Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce on Monday, according to Cook County Circuit Court records.The Cubs placed Ben Zobrist on leave for undisclosed personal reasons on May 8, prompting the team to recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa a little earlier than planned.Ben Zobrist, who turns 38 on May 26, is batting .241 this season. Zobrist, who is in the final season of a four-year contract with Chicago, was the World Series MVP when the Cubs won the championship in 2016.Manager Joe Maddon said Wednesday he doesn't know when Zobrist might feel ready to return."We're going to respect his privacy," Maddon said before the Cubs' game at Cincinnati. "He'll let us know."His wife, the former Julianna Gilmore, is a Christian pop singer who has released several recordings. She has retained Chicago law firm Berger Schatz. The company represented billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin in his split with wife Anne Dias Griffin in 2014.Russell was left in the minors for extended preparation time after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1518:16Diamondbacks OF Peralta leaves game with tightness in backDavid PeraltaLFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Blake SwihartC/OFDiamondbacksFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta has left a game with tightness in the area of his upper shoulder and back.Peralta exited after five innings Wednesday against Pittsburgh. He was replaced in left field by Blake Swihart.The Diamondbacks have a day off Thursday.Peralta leads Arizona regulars with a .318 batting average and 28 RBIs. His seven-game hitting streak came to an end.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1518:06Twins place Garver on IL with high ankle sprain, return SanóWillians AstudilloCTwinsFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Marwin Gonzalez1B/2B/3B/LF/RF/SSTwinsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sanó from his rehabilitation assignment, nearly four months after he sustained a severe cut on his right heel.Minnesota made the moves on Wednesday before its game against Los Angeles, following Garver's injury the previous night in a home plate collision with Angels star Shohei Ohtani. Garver was diagnosed with a high sprain, which can take longer to heal than other varieties, but both Garver and manager Rocco Baldelli expressed optimism that the injury was not worse. Garver was wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse. No timetable for his return to action was announced."There's not much inflammation, which we're happy about," said Garver, who caught center fielder Byron Buxton's throw in the eighth inning on Tuesday and tagged Ohtani out to prevent the tying run from scoring when Ohtani slid into his leg to cause his ankle to awkwardly tw... [More]
Wed May 1517:58Rangers place Andrus on IL amid flurry of roster movesElvis AndrusSSRangersFree Agent
Willie CalhounLFRangersFree Agent
Jeffrey SpringsRPRangersFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Texas Rangers placed shortstop Elvis Andrus on the injured list with a strained right hamstring and recalled outfielder Willie Calhoun from Triple-A Nashville amid a flurry of roster moves Wednesday.Left-hander Jeffrey Springs was also recalled from Nashville and right-hander Wei-Chieh Huang sent to the same club before the Rangers played the middle game of their three-game set against the Royals.Andrus hurt his hamstring while running out a ground ball in the seventh inning of the series opener Tuesday night. Rangers manager Chris Woodward said he thinks Andrus should be ready to come back within 10 days, but he wants to make sure the injury is fully healed.Calhoun was once a top-100 prospect who had struggled in brief big league stints the past couple of years. But he's been raking at Triple-A, earning the return to the majors.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1517:39Braves call up top prospect Riley, let go of LHP BiddleJesse BiddleRPRangersFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3B/LFBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintRP/SPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have placed center fielder Ender Inciarte on the 10-day injured list, called up top prospect Austin Riley and designated struggling reliever Jesse Biddle for assignment.The team announced the moves before Wednesday's game against St. Louis.Inciarte was hitting just .218 and bothered by a sore back. Ronald Acuña Jr. will move over to play center field, giving Riley a chance to get extensive time in left. He was in the starting lineup, batting sixth and set to make his big league debut.Riley was hitting .299 and leading the International League with 15 homers and 39 RBIs. Normally a third baseman, he recently started three straight games in left field for Triple-A Gwinnett.Biddle was let go after surrendering three runs in one-third of an inning Tuesday night in a 14-3 loss to the Cardinals. The left-hander was out of options and had a 5.40 ERA in 15 appearances.Right-hander Touki Toussaint was recalled from Gwinnett.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1517:36Harper plays through slump, injuries for PhilliesBryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies right fielder Bryce Harper was in the starting lineup Wednesday a day after he banged his left knee into the wall on a sliding catch.Harper, who signed a $330 million, 13-year contract with the Phillies as a free agent, has been slumping and was down to .219 with 56 strikeouts, seven homers and 25 RBI in 41 games.Harper told manager Gabe Kapler there was "minimal swelling" in the knee."There was nothing that causes any of us any concern about putting him out there today," Kapler said.Harper came up limping against the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night on a sliding catch on a foul ball to right field in the sixth inning. Harper made an almost identical catch to end the inning. He received a standing ovation only to get booed after striking out again in the eighth.Harper struck out twice and walked twice. He's hitless in his last 14 at-bats headed into Wednesday's game against the Brewers."I'm not sure a day off is going to work for me mentall... [More]
Wed May 1516:47Edwin Jackson makes MLB history by playing for 14th teamRyan BoruckiSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Clay BuchholzSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Edwin JacksonRPTigersFree Agent
Joe Panik2BMetsFree Agent
Thomas PannoneRP/SPBlue JaysFree Agent
Clayton RichardSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Matt ShoemakerSPBlue JaysFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Edwin Jackson became the first player in major league history to play for 14 teams when he made his Toronto Blue Jays debut.The 35-year-old right-hander threw an 88 mph cutter that San Francisco leadoff hitter Joe Panik took for a called strike leading off the bottom of the first inning on Wednesday.Toronto acquired Jackson from the Oakland Athletics on Saturday for $30,000.Jackson had been tied with Octavio Dotel for most teams played. He agreed last month to a minor league contract with the A's and was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA in three minor league starts.In addition to the Blue Jays and A's, Jackson has played for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tampa Bay, Detroit, Arizona, the Chicago White Sox, St. Louis, Washington, the Chicago Cubs, Atlanta, Miami, San Diego and Baltimore.Jackson made his 306th big league start. He entered with a 104-123 record in 16 big league seasons.He gets paid at the rate of a $2 million salary while in the majors and can earn $500,000 in perform... [More]
Wed May 1516:16Twins place Garver on IL with high ankle sprain, return SanóWillians AstudilloCTwinsFree Agent
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Marwin Gonzalez1B/2B/3B/LF/RF/SSTwinsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Twins have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sanó from his rehabilitation assignment, nearly four months after he sustained a severe cut on his right heel.Minnesota made the moves on Wednesday before its game against Los Angeles, following Garver's injury the night before in a home plate collision with Angels star Shohei Ohtani. Garver was diagnosed with a high sprain, which can take longer to heal than other varieties, but both Garver and manager Rocco Baldelli expressed optimism that the injury was not worse. Garver was wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse. No timetable for his return to action was announced."There's not much inflammation, which we're happy about," said Garver, who caught center fielder Byron Buxton's throw in the eighth inning on Tuesday and tagged Ohtani out to prevent the tying run from scoring when Ohtani slid into his leg to cause his ankle to awkwardly... [More]
Wed May 1515:45Beltre missing baseball less than he thought after 21 yearsAdrián Béltre3B/DHRangersFree Agent
DALLAS (AP) — Adrian Beltre isn't missing baseball as much as he thought he would when he retired after 21 seasons and 3,166 hits.The former Texas Rangers third baseman says he's still at peace with the announcement he made last November, which came months after he had actually decided to retire.Beltre spoke at the SMU Athletic Forum on Wednesday, about 2½ weeks before he will be back in Texas when the Rangers retire his No. 29 jersey on June 8.Beltre says he had pretty much made his decision last July. But he never said anything publicly so he could prepare himself mentally for his playing career to end.The career hits leader for foreign-born players turned 40 last month. The Dominican-born Beltre spends his time with his family in California, transporting his three kids to school and their various activities. He says retirement is nice, and keeping him busy.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1513:56Wife of Cubs' Ben Zobrist files for divorceAddison Russell2B/SSCubsFree Agent
Ben Zobrist2B/LF/PH/RFCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Julianna Zobrist, the wife of Chicago Cubs World Series MVP Ben Zobrist, has filed for divorce.The Cubs placed Ben Zobrist on leave for undisclosed personal reasons on May 8, prompting them team to recall Addison Russell from Triple-A Iowa a little earlier than they planned.Julianna Zobrist filed for divorce on Monday, according to Cook County Circuit Court records.Ben Zobrist, who turns 38 on May 26, is batting .241 this season. He is in the final season of a four-year contract with the Cubs.His wife, the former Julianna Gilmore, is a Christian pop singer who has released several recordings. She has retained Chicago law firm Berger Schatz. The company represented billionaire hedge fund manager Ken Griffin in his split with wife Anne Dias Griffin in 2014.Russell was left in the minors for extended preparation time after completing a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1512:46Twins place Garver on IL with high ankle sprain, return SanóMitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sanó from his rehabilitation assignment.The Twins made the moves on Wednesday before their game against the Los Angeles Angels, following Garver's injury the night before. He was diagnosed with a high sprain, which can take longer to heal than other varieties. Garver has had a breakout season, batting .329 with four doubles, nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 25 games. His OPS is 1.164.After suffering a severe cut on his right heel in January, Sanó has finally been cleared for action. He played in 10 games on his rehab in the minors.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1512:26Yankees acquire 1B/DH Kendrys Morales from A'sKendrys Morales1B/DH/PHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees have acquired veteran slugger Kendrys Morales from the Oakland Athletics.New York is also getting $8,491,452 from Oakland to cover most of the $8,903,226 remaining in Morales' $12 million salary. That leaves the Yankees to pay $411,774, a prorated share of the $555,000 minimum.As part of the deal announced Tuesday night, the Yankees will send Oakland a player to be named or cash.Oakland acquired Morales from Toronto on March 27, and the Blue Jays agreed to send the A's $11,445,000 as part of that swap. The 13-year major league veteran appeared in 34 games. A switch-hitter, he batted .204 with one homer and seven RBIs before being designated for assignment Monday.The Yankees added Morales a day after putting Miguel Andújar back on the injured list with a small labrum tear in his right shoulder. New York has 13 players on the IL, and Andújar had been the Yankees' best remaining fit at designated hitter.Morales is in the final year of a $33 million, three-year contract.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 1512:26Dodgers' Julio Urías arrested in domestic battery caseClayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Julio Urías was placed on administrative leave Tuesday by Major League Baseball following his arrest for investigation of misdemeanor domestic battery.Urías was taken into custody Monday night in the parking lot of a shopping mall, Los Angeles police spokeswoman Norma Eisenman said. No details were released.MLB subsequently placed the left-hander on administrative leave while it looks into his arrest. The leave was effective Tuesday and can last up to seven days. In previous MLB investigations, the length of the administrative leave has frequently been extended while the probe continues.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said before Los Angeles' game against the San Diego Padres that the team will let the process run its course and that they hope to know more information in the coming days. "Obviously it's not ideal in any sense of the word. It doesn't behoove me to make any further comments until I know more," Roberts said.Roberts said he didn't know h... [More]
Wed May 1500:13LEADING OFF: Guerrero connects, Garver injured, Harper hurtWillians AstudilloCTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Wilmer FontRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Mitch GarverCTwinsFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFPhilliesFree Agent
Kendrys Morales1B/DH/PHYankeesFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniDH/PHAngelsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:IN THE SWINGRookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. looks to build off his first huge game in the majors when the Blue Jays continue their series at San Francisco.The highly touted 20-year-old hit the first two home runs of his major league career, becoming the youngest player in Toronto history to touch 'em all. Guerrero's drives were estimated at 438 feet and 451 feet.Two-sport star Danny Ainge had been the youngest Blue Jay to homer, in 1979 — Guerrero was younger by 18 days.The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero entered the day batting .191 with one RBI in 13 games. The family already had long-ball history at Oracle Park — the elder Guerrero won the 2007 Home Run Derby at the waterfront stadium.TWISTED TWINThe Twins are hoping for good news on breakout backstop Mitch Garver, who suffered a left high ankle sprain tagging out Shohei Ohtani trying to score the tying run in Minnesota's 4-3 win over the Angels on Tuesday night. Garver ... [More]
Tue May 1423:52Vladdy Jr. hits first 2 HRs, youngest Blue Jay to go deepReyes MorontaRPGiantsFree Agent
Nick VincentRPGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first two major league home runs Tuesday night, becoming the youngest player in Blue Jays history to touch 'em all.The touted 20-year-old homered in the first inning against Giants opener Nick Vincent, his first in 14 big league games. His drive to straightaway center was measured at 111.3 mph and traveled an estimated 438 feet.The Toronto slugger added an even more impressive blast in the sixth off Reyes Moronta, a three-run drive estimated at 451 feet.Two-sport star Danny Ainge was the youngest Blue Jay to homer, doing so on June 2, 1979 at 20 years, 77 days old. Guerrero is younger by 18 days.The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero entered the day batting .191 with one RBI. The family already had long-ball history at Oracle Park — the elder Guerrero won the 2007 Home Run Derby at the waterfront stadium.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue May 1422:48Vladdy Jr. hits first HR, youngest Blue Jay to go deepNick VincentRPGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his first major league home run, becoming the youngest player in Toronto Blue Jays history to touch 'em all.Guerrero homered in the first inning Tuesday night at San Francisco. It took the touted 20-year-old 14 games to get his first big fly. His drive to straightaway center against Giants opener Nick Vincent was measured at 111.3 mph and traveled an estimated 438 feet.Two-sport star Danny Ainge was the youngest Blue Jay to homer, doing so on June 2, 1979 at 20 years, 77 days old. Guerrero is younger by 18 days.The son of Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero entered the day batting .191 with one RBI. The family already had long-ball history at Oracle Park — the elder Guerrero won the 2007 Home Run Derby at the waterfront stadium.__More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue May 1422:08Red Sox ace Sale fans career-high 17 in 7 innings vs RockiesNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Charlie BlackmonCF/RFRockiesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox ace Chris Sale struck out a career-high 17 in just seven innings against Colorado, then was pulled after 108 pitches on a chilly Tuesday night at Fenway Park.Sale became the first pitcher in major league history to fan 17 in a start of no more than seven innings.The big league record for strikeouts in nine innings is 20, done five times. Roger Clemens did it twice for Boston, Kerry Wood and Randy Johnson also accomplished the feat and Max Scherzer was the last to it in 2016.When Boston manager Alex Cora told Sale he was coming out, the lefty used his fingers to form the number 20.Sale surpassed his previous best of 15 strikeouts, dominating the Rockies with a firm fastball and a sharp slider. A seven-time All-Star, Sale struck out the first six batters and fanned eight through three innings. He didn't allow a runner until Mark Reynolds doubled to begin the fifth.Sale gave up three hits, including a two-run homer to Nolan Arenado, didn't walk anyone and left with a 3-2 lead. Brandon Workman relieved to begin the eighth and gave up a two-run homer to Charlie Blackmon.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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