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Thu May 2300:52Mets second baseman Robinson Canó strains left quadricepsJ.D. Davis3BAstrosFree Agent
Luis GuillormeSSMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Criticized for not running hard, New York Mets second baseman Robinson Canó got hurt hustling up the first base line.The 36-year-old slugger left Wednesday night's 6-1 win over Washington after straining his left quadriceps.Canó got hurt when he grounded out in the third inning following J.D. Davis' two-out double. The Mets trailed 1-0 at the time."He took a few hard steps out of the box, got about halfway down the line and it grabbed on him," manager Mickey Callaway said.An eight-time All-Star, Canó twice failed to run out grounders last weekend in Miami , both of them resulting in double plays. Callaway said he addressed the issue, and Canó' did not start Monday against the Nationals.Callaway cited Canó's hustle when he doubled to right-center as a pinch hitter on Monday night and slid into second."I guess he had his fastest time from home to second (in three years), so I'm sure he was aware that he needs to get going a little bit," Callaway said.Canó is batti... [More]
Wed May 2223:56Twins, Angels postponed, will be made up on ThursdayDustin GarneauCAthleticsFree Agent
Marwin Gonzalez1B/2B/3B/LF/SSAstrosFree Agent
Matt HarveySPMetsBig Chee
Kevan SmithCWhite SoxFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Very little has slowed the Minnesota Twins of late. A rare Southern California rain shower did the trick Wednesday night.The Twins had their series finale against the Los Angeles Angels postponed because of weather and unplayable field conditions. It has been rescheduled for Thursday.It is only the third postponement at Angel Stadium since 1995 and the 12th since the stadium opened in 1966. The last postponement occurred on July 19, 2015, against Boston.Minnesota is 31-16 and has a seven-game lead over Cleveland in the AL Central, which is the earliest it has been up that much in the division. The previous earliest was June 24, 2002, when they were seven games ahead of the Chicago White Sox.The Twins — who haven't won a division title since 2010 — have taken five of six on this road trip and are trying to get a sweep in Anaheim for the first time since 1996.Manager Rocco Baldelli wasn't thrilled with the decision to postpone the game, but he also said he re... [More]
Wed May 2222:12Twins, Angels postponed, will be made up on ThursdayMatt HarveySPMetsBig Chee
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The series finale between the Minnesota Twins and the Los Angeles Angels has been postponed because of weather and rescheduled for Thursday.It rained at Angel Stadium two hours before Wednesday's game, causing puddles to form in both left and right field. The grounds crew worked for over an hour to remove water from the outfield, but conditions remained unplayable.It is only the third postponement at Angel Stadium since 1995 and the 12th since the stadium opened in 1966. The last postponement occurred on July 19, 2015, against Boston.Martín Pérez (6-1) had been scheduled to start for Minnesota against Los Angeles' Matt Harvey (2-3).The Twins have won five of six on their road trip. The Angels have dropped three straight after winning the first two on their homestand.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2221:22White Sox turn triple play against AstrosJosé Abreu1BWhite SoxRoto Value
Jake MarisnickCF/LFAstrosFree Agent
Yoán Moncada2BWhite SoxFree Agent
Yolmer Sánchez2B/3BWhite SoxFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have turned a triple play against the Houston Astros.It came in the third inning Wednesday night with runners on first and second. Jake Marisnick hit a grounder down the line to third baseman Yoan Moncada, who stepped on the base for the first out. He threw to Yolmer Sanchez at second, and Sanchez threw it to Jose Abreu at first, where the ball just beat Marisnick.It was the first triple play in the majors this season and Chicago's first since July 8, 2016, against Atlanta. Houston last hit into a triple play on April 19, 2018, against the Mariners.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2220:32LEADING OFF: Cano exits after grounder, JD Martinez outJon LesterSPCubsRoto Value
J.D. MartinezRFDiamondbacksSportsWiseGuy.com
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Adam PlutkoSPIndiansFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:AILINGThe Mets will check Robinson Canó, a day after he left the game against Washington because of tightness in his left quadriceps.Canó appeared to hurt the leg while running to first base when he grounded out in the third inning. The 36-year-old second baseman is batting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs. The eight-time All-Star was acquired by New York from Seattle in December.Twice last weekend Canó failed to run out grounders in Miami, both of them resulting in double plays.MISSING MARTINEZBoston star J.D. Martinez wasn't in the lineup for Wednesday's game at Toronto because of a sore back and manager Alex Cora says the slugger is unlikely to play again until Friday.Cora said he was hesitant to play Martinez in the series finale, citing the artificial surface and the early afternoon start. The Red Sox will certainly miss Martinez's presence in the lineup, but the Blue Jays will not — he has 13 home runs and 41 RBIs in 40... [More]
Wed May 2220:22Canó leaves Mets game with left quadriceps tightnessJ.D. Davis3BAstrosFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets second baseman Robinson Canó left Wednesday night's game against Washington because of tightness in his left quadriceps.Canó appeared to hurt the leg while running to first base when he grounded out in the third following J.D. Davis' two-out double.The 36-year-old Canó is batting .241 with three homers and 13 RBIs. The eight-time All-Star, was acquired by New York from Seattle in December.Twice last weekend Canó failed to run out grounders in Miami, both of them resulting in double plays.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2219:22Early stretch-run mode: Mets to use closer Díaz in 8thRajai DavisCF/LFRed SoxMoneyball
Robert GsellmanSPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoSPMetsFree Agent
Jeff McNeilFree Agent
Brandon NimmoLF/PHMetsFree Agent
Jean Segura2B/SSMarinersJetBlack
Paul SewaldRP/SPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Switching into stretch-run mode even before Memorial Day, the New York Mets will start using All-Star closer Edwin Díaz more often in the eighth inning.New York began Wednesday with a 22-25 record, 5½ games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia. Manager Mickey Callaway said he was willing to go against the trend of limiting closers to three outs in most situations."We're doing this earlier than we would like, but you might see Díaz for four outs," Callaway said. "If we're not going to be where we want to be at this point, how can we expect to be there and hold off on doing that with Díaz? So we got to win some games. We're going to approach this like it's the playoffs because we feel like we need to."Callaway announced the decision shortly before the Mets made a series of roster moves. They placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-day injured list because of a stiff neck, a move retroactive to Tuesday, selected the contract of 38-year-old outfielder Rajai Davis fr... [More]
Wed May 2218:24Early stretch-run mode: Mets to use closer Díaz in 8thRajai DavisCF/LFRed SoxMoneyball
Robert GsellmanSPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoSPMetsFree Agent
Jeff McNeilFree Agent
Brandon NimmoLF/PHMetsFree Agent
Jean Segura2B/SSMarinersJetBlack
Paul SewaldRP/SPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Switching into stretch-run mode even before Memorial Day, the New York Mets will start using All-Star closer Edwin Díaz more often in the eighth inning.New York began Wednesday with a 22-25 record, 5½ games back of NL East-leading Philadelphia. Manager Mickey Callaway said he was willing to go against the trend of limiting closers to three outs in most situations."We're doing this earlier than we would like, but you might see Díaz for four outs," Callaway said. "If we're not going to be where we want to be at this point, how can we expect to be there and hold off on doing that with Díaz? So we got to win some games. We're going to approach this like it's the playoffs because we feel like we need to."Callaway announced the decision shortly before the Mets made a series of roster moves. They placed outfielder Brandon Nimmo on the 10-day disabled list because of a stiff neck, a move retroactive to Tuesday, selected the contract of outfielder Rajai Davis from Triple-A... [More]
Wed May 2218:02Stanton has another injury setback, Gregorius progressingDidi GregoriusSSYankeesSportsWiseGuy.com
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysLas Vegas Giants
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The New York Yankees will have to wait a little longer for the return of the Giancarlo Stanton.The outfielder took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won't play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness.Shortstop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game Wednesday after taking one day off due to dehydration.Stanton hasn't played for the Yankees since March 31 due to a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder. He went 1 for 3 with a home run and two strikeouts for Class A Tampa on Monday night, then was scratched from the lineup Tuesday.New York said Wednesday he had been returned from his injury rehabilitation assignment."There's a little bit of soreness in there," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said in Baltimore on Wednesday. "Just being cautious with it yesterday. He does have a strain in there so we... [More]
Wed May 2217:44Orioles get Broxton from Mets for $500K pool allotmentKeon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Alex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
Yefry RamirezRPOriolesFree Agent
Stevie WilkersonFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Orioles bolstered their outfield defense by acquiring Keon Broxton from the New York Mets on Wednesday for $500,000 in 2019-20 international signing bonus pool allotment.Broxton was designated for assignment last week by the Mets after batting .143 in 34 games with no homers and two RBIs. The Orioles, however, like the idea of having his glove in center field after experimenting with rookie Stevie Wilkerson over the past month."He has speed, excellent center field ability, he's got some raw power," general manager Mike Elias said of Broxton on Wednesday. "We're trying some different things in center field and we wanted to give him a look and hopefully give him a little bit more extended time than he's had."In five years with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Mets, the 29-year-old Broxton has a .216 average with 33 homers and 81 RBIs. His best season was in 2017, when he hit 20 homers in 143 games with the Brewers."He's a really athletic guy. His tools are off the cha... [More]
Wed May 2217:32Stanton has another injury setback, Gregorius progressingDidi GregoriusSSYankeesSportsWiseGuy.com
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysLas Vegas Giants
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton took a step back in his return from arm injuries and won't play in any rehabilitation games for seven to 10 days because of left calf tightness.Shortststop Didi Gregorius moved ahead toward a mid-June return when he went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game Wednesday after taking one day off due to dehydration.Stanton hasn't played for the Yankees since March 31 due to a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder. He went 1 for 3 with a home run and two strikeouts for Class A Tampa on Monday night, then was scratched from the lineup Tuesday.New York said Wednesday he had been returned from his injury rehabilitation assignment.Gregorius, coming back from Tommy John surgery last Oct. 17, was given an IV after following his first extended spring training game Monday. Following an hour of on-field pregame work, he played five innings in mid-90 degree conditions."What h... [More]
Wed May 2216:32Orioles get OF Broxton from Mets for pool moneyKeon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Alex CobbSPRaysFree Agent
Yefry RamirezRPOriolesFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles have acquired outfielder Keon Broxton from the New York Mets for $500,000 international bonus pool money.Broxton was batting .143 with New York in 34 games with no homers and two RBIs. In five years with Milwaukee, Pittsburgh and the Mets, Broxton has a .216 average with 33 homers and 81 RBIs.In other moves Wednesday, the Orioles claimed right-hander Chandler Shepherd off waivers from the Chicago Cubs and assigned him to Triple-A Norfolk.Baltimore also transferred right-hander Alex Cobb to the 60-day injured list with a lumbar strain and designated right-hander Yefry Ramirez for assignment.Cobb has pitched in only three games this season. He's 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA operating in the second year of a four-year, $57 million contract.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2214:17Rangers OF Calhoun on 10-day injured list with quad strainWillie Calhoun2BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers outfielder Willie Calhoun has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of a left quad strain.The move was made Wednesday, a day after Calhoun aggravated his quad as a baserunner when trying to beat a throw to first base in the sixth inning of a win over Seattle.Delino DeShields, the center fielder sent to the minor two weeks ago, was recalled from Triple-A Nashville.Calhoun hit .435 (10 for 23) with two homers and seven RBIs since making his season debut a week ago following his call-up from the minor. He reached safely in all six games.Manager Chris Woodward said Calhoun initially thought he had a cramp, but the pain didn't go away after getting to the dugout. The outfielder was re-examined Wednesday.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP-Sports
Wed May 2213:42Yanks' Gregorius plays at spring camp day after dehydrationDidi GregoriusSSYankeesSportsWiseGuy.com
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesWith the 5th Pick Truck Selects
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysLas Vegas Giants
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius went 1 for 3 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring training game Wednesday after taking one day off due to dehydration.Gregorius, coming back from Tommy John surgery last October, was given an IV after playing in his first extended spring game Monday. After doing over an hour of on-field pregame work, he played five innings in stifling mid-90 degree conditions."What happened Monday? Dehydrated. Just got headaches," Gregorius said. "Nothing too crazy. Felt good yesterday and today was really good. Everything is 100 percent good."Gregorius could rejoin the Yankees in mid- to late June.Gregorius injured the elbow while making a throw from left field after a ball bounced off Fenway Park's Green Monster during Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Boston.Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn't played since March 31 due to a strained left biceps and then a strained left shoulder, was scratched Tuesday night fr... [More]
Wed May 2213:26Indians designate outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignmentGreg AllenCF/RFIndiansFree Agent
Michael BrantleyLFIndiansFree Agent
Mike ClevingerSPIndiansFree Agent
Mike FreemanSSCubsFree Agent
Carlos GonzálezRFRockiesLas Vegas Giants
Eric HaaseCIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansOld Hoss
Jordan LuplowLFPiratesFree Agent
Oscar MercadoSSCardinalsFree Agent
Tyler NaquinCFIndiansFree Agent
Roberto PérezCIndiansFree Agent
Kevin PlaweckiCMetsFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians could no longer wait for Carlos Gonzalez to help pull their struggling offense from a season-long funk.The veteran outfielder was designated for assignment prior to Wednesday's game against Oakland. Gonzalez, who signed a minor-league contract in spring training, batted .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games.Manager Terry Francona praised Gonzalez's professionalism in the clubhouse, but stressed the decision came down to results."We weren't seeing the offense that we needed and he said that, too," Francona said. "Does it come with another 100 at-bats? We don't have a crystal ball and none of us is smart enough to know what the next 100 at-bats might bring."Gonzalez, 33, played the last 11 seasons for the Colorado Rockies. The Indians hoped his left-handed bat would help offset the loss of free-agent outfielder Michael Brantley. Gonzalez, who had several solid seasons with the Rockies, didn't produce for an offense that is near the bo... [More]
Wed May 2213:24Athletics change plans, don't place Davis on injured listKhris DavisDH/LFAthleticsRoto Value
CLEVELAND (AP) — Oakland Athletics designated hitter Khris Davis is undergoing an MRI on his ailing left hip in Cleveland, but the team has opted against placing him on the injured list for now.On Tuesday night, Oakland manager Bob Melvin and Davis both said the 2018 major league home run leader would be going on the 10-day IL after the injury flared up during a 5-3 win over the Indians.Melvin backtracked before the teams' series finale, explaining, "There is a great chance he goes on the IL, but we're holding off — just in case — and we'll see where we are on Friday."The Athletics wrap up an eight-game road trip Wednesday and are off Thursday, which Melvin said factored into the decision. They host Seattle on Friday.Davis, who hit a career-high 48 homers last season, initially suffered the injury May 5 in Pittsburgh. He is batting .248 with a team-best 12 home runs and 29 RBIs in 43 games.Triple-A Las Vegas outfielder Skye Bolt joined the team in Cleveland and had a locker in the visiting clubhouse, but was not recalled as a result of the change of plans.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2212:42Brewers' Yelich out of lineup again with back spasmsChristian YelichCF/LFMarlinsBig Chee
MILWAUKEE (AP) — NL MVP Christian Yelich has been scratched from Milwaukee's lineup against Cincinnati for a second consecutive day because of back spasms."He's improved today," Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Wednesday. "We'll go through a bunch of treatments today and see how he is. The day off tomorrow factors into all this. We'll see what we've got on Friday."Yelich leads the major leagues with 19 home runs and is batting .325 with 41 RBIs in 44 games, including 42 starts.He missed parts of seven games this season because of back problems and also missed time last season."I don't think chronic is the right word," Counsell said. "His back is an issue, but this isn't a structural issue. He's had some muscle issues in his back, but they've been short-term injuries. That's not a chronic characterization, for me. It's something that he's going to have to actively manage. These are small little things that are costing him a day here and a day there. Not worrisome from my end."Hernán Pérez replaced Yelich in right field.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2212:04Indians designate outfielder Carlos Gonzalez for assignmentCarlos GonzálezRFRockiesLas Vegas Giants
Eric HaaseCIndiansFree Agent
Jordan LuplowLFPiratesFree Agent
Oscar MercadoSSCardinalsFree Agent
Roberto PérezCIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians designated Carlos Gonzalez for assignment after the veteran outfielder failed to produce for a team that has struggled offensively all season.Gonzalez, who signed a minor-league contract in spring training, batted .210 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 30 games. The left-handed hitter, 33, played the last 11 seasons for the Colorado Rockies.Manager Terry Francona said it was difficult to part ways with Gonzalez, but the Indians want to give more playing time to Jordan Luplow and Oscar Mercado, both right-handed hitters.Francona said catcher Roberto Perez, who left Tuesday's game after being struck on the mask with a foul tip, will not go on the concussion list. Perez underwent a series of tests and will be out for a couple of days.Catcher Eric Haase was recalled from Triple-A Columbus. The moves were made prior to Wednesday's game against Oakland.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 2203:16LEADING OFF: Scherzer vs. deGrom, Hamels faces PhilliesCody Bellinger1B/LFDodgersFree Agent
Luis CastilloSPRedsFree Agent
Zach DaviesSPBrewersMoneyball
Cole HamelsSPRangersThe Seals Guys
Jacob deGromSPMetsDodger Blue
A look at what's happening around the majors today:CURTAIN UP! LIGHT THE LIGHTS!Max Scherzer, the 2016 and '17 NL Cy Young Award winner, starts for Washington and Jacob deGrom, the 2018 NL Cy Young winner, starts for the New York Mets in a rematch of opening-day starters. The Mets won the opener 2-0 as deGrom struck out 10 and walked one in six innings, allowing six hits. Scherzer gave up two runs and two hits in 7 2/3 innings, striking out 12 and walking three. Robinson Canó homered in the first and added an RBI single in the eighth against reliever Matt Grace.YOU'RE A MAN WHO GOES TRAVELINGCole Hamels (4-0) starts for the Chicago Cubs in his first career start against the Philadelphia Phillies, the team that signed him as a first-round pick in the 2002 amateur draft. Hamels was 114-90 for the Phillies from 2006-15, helping Philadelphia win the 2008 World Series and the 2009 NL pennant. He was traded to Texas in July 2015 and to the Cubs last July. Rookie Cole Irvin (2-0) starts for ... [More]
Wed May 2200:02Uehara retires; Star on 2013 Red Sox World Series winnerKoji UeharaRPCubsFree Agent
TOKYO (AP) — Pitcher Koji Uehara, whose dominant season in relief helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2013 World Series, has retired with Japan's Yomiuri Giants — the team that he first played for in Japan.The 44-year-old Uehara announced his retirement at a news conference in Tokyo, saying it was time to step away after he was unable to perform well early in the season for the Giants' farm team.Uehara joined the Baltimore Orioles in 2009, but he became a star in 2013 with the Boston Red Sox, who defeated the St. Louis Cardinals that year in the World Series. He was dominant in relief that season for the Red Sox and it was Uehara who threw the last pitch in the final game when Boston beat the Cardinals 6-1 to win the World Series.Uehara was 22-26 in his nine-year career in MLB and pitched his final season in 2017 with the Chicago Cubs. He also pitched for the Texas Rangers.Uehara started with the Yomiuri Giants in 1999 and pitched for 10 seasons in Japan before moving to MLB.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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