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Fri Jul 323:52Tatis Jr. wears mask during workout; Pham tests positiveFranchy CorderoCFPadresFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFCardinalsFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeRFPadresFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
Kirby YatesRPPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training Friday for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic.General manager A.J. Preller said another test is pending but didn’t identify the player.Preller said Pham has begun self-isolation. “He feels fine. As a staff we’re following all the contact tracing protocols and all the MLB protocols in terms of when you have a positive test," he said. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol.Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay that also netted the Padres prospect Jake Cronenworth in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe.Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park, including drills in the field and batting practice. Tatis is looking to rebound after his sensational rookie season was cut short in mid-A... [More]
Fri Jul 320:52Safe at home: Mets keep distance on 1st day of Citi campPete AlonsoFree Agent
Wilson RamosCRaysFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom spent the past two seasons separating himself from almost everyone out there. This was something entirely different, though. As the New York Mets opened a most unusual summer camp Friday, the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound.No hugs or handshakes, and little good-natured ribbing with teammates close by ... because there weren’t many. Home run champ Pete Alonso, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, wore a bandanna on his forehead and a mask over his mouth at first base. Most players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus.“It’s hard right now to be here,” catcher Wilson Ramos said, thinking of his wife and children in Florid... [More]
Fri Jul 320:32Tatis Jr. wears mask during workout; Pham tests positiveFranchy CorderoCFPadresFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFCardinalsFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeRFPadresFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
Kirby YatesRPPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Prized shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. wore a facemask throughout the reboot of spring training Friday for the San Diego Padres, who reported that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for COVID-19 and is asymptomatic.General manager A.J. Preller said another test is pending but didn’t identify the player.Preller said Pham has begun self-isolation. “He feels fine. As a staff we’re following all the contact tracing protocols and all the MLB protocols in terms of when you have a positive test," he said. Pham will be able to return when he clears the protocol.Pham was obtained in an offseason trade with Tampa Bay that also netted the Padres prospect Jake Cronenworth in exchange for outfielder Hunter Renfroe.Tatis and outfielder Franchy Cordero appeared to be the only players who wore a mask through the whole workout at Petco Park, including drills in the field and batting practice. Tatis is looking to rebound after his sensational rookie season was cut short in mid-A... [More]
Fri Jul 320:32Back on the bump: New dad Cole sets sights on Yankees titleZack BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Aaron HicksRFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting ready for a high-profile New York Yankees debut at World Series champion Washington on July 23, Gerrit Cole explained his mindset.“There is only going to be only one coronavirus World Series champion, and so that's unique in and of itself,” he said Friday. “I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to take that trophy home, especially when you're competing against your peers and there's only going to be one of them.”It already has been a big week for Cole. His wife, Amy, a sister of San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford, gave birth Tuesday to their first child. Caden Gerrit Cole weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. “He’s a good mix of his dad and his mom,” Cole said. “He's absolutely adorable. He’s got big blue eyes and gosh, I just can’t stop staring at him.”Signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher, Cole said the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many... [More]
Fri Jul 320:12Safe at home: Mets keep distance on 1st day of Citi campPete AlonsoFree Agent
Dellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom spent the past two seasons separating himself from almost everyone out there. This was something entirely different, though. As the New York Mets opened a most unusual summer camp Friday, the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner ran sprints by himself in shallow right field and then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound.No hugs or handshakes, and little good-natured ribbing with teammates close by ... because there weren’t many. Home run champ Pete Alonso, the reigning NL Rookie of the Year, wore a bandanna on his forehead and a mask over his mouth at first base. Most players kept a safe distance even while simply walking across the diamond at Citi Field, adapted from home ballpark to spring training site as the Mets prepare for opening day in three weeks. Welcome to Major League Baseball in the age of the coronavirus.“It’s hard right now to be here,” catcher Wilson Ramos said, thinking of his wife and children in Florid... [More]
Fri Jul 320:12Defending champion Nats return healthy, careful on protocolsWelington CastilloCWhite SoxFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Joe RossSPNationalsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Dave Martinez's mantra of going 1-0 every day followed the Washington Nationals to their first World Series title.When they resumed workouts Friday at summer training camp in the midst of a global pandemic, the manager's mantra remained. Only, it has a different meaning for the defending champions tiptoeing the health and safety protocols that made baseball feel anything but natural.“When you see the guys come in after not seeing them for a while, you want to give them a big hug, a fist bump, high-five,” Martinez said by video conference from the bowels of Nationals Park. "We’re trying to figure out what we can do to emulate some kind of handshake or fist bump or elbow tap or feet tap — whatever. We’ll figure something out.”The team that danced itself from a 24-31 start to a championship in 2019 is off to a relatively positive start in 2020. Martinez learned depth catcher Welington Castillo is joining Ryan Zimmerman and Joe Ross in opting out of the seas... [More]
Fri Jul 319:22Trout uncertain, All-Star Game off as MLB gets back on fieldMichael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Brett MartinSPRangersFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Tommy PhamCFCardinalsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCRaysFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPGiantsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
His N-95 mask squarely in place, Mike Trout stroked line drives, streaked around the bases and caught flyballs at Angel Stadium. The sport’s biggest star then let something drop — he’s not “comfortable” in this COVID-19 environment and isn’t sure he’ll play this season.At Citi Field, Mets two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom ran sprints by himself in shallow right field, then grabbed his personal bag of baseballs to throw off a bullpen mound. At Camden Yards, Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde watched practice from the stands behind the dugout.“It’s weird,” Reds star Joey Votto said.At Nationals Park, Max Scherzer limbered up with 65 pitches as the World Series champion Washington Nationals got back to work at 7:45 a.m. High in the press box, it was possible to hear players talking on the field about the virus.No doubt, those sentiments echoed all around the majors.Baseball tried to take another step forward Friday in a most uncertain setting, with players on the... [More]
Fri Jul 319:02Who are those masked men? Dodgers resume camp with new rulesClayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw arrived in Los Angeles for the restart of spring training with the Dodgers and was struck by the sight of people wearing masks while walking their dogs.“It was a little unnerving, for sure,” he said Friday when the team gathered at Dodger Stadium for the first official workout leading up to the start of the season later this month.Kershaw, his wife and three children, including a 5-month-old son, traveled from their offseason home in Texas, where they had been since the coronavirus pandemic first shut down much of the U.S. in mid-March, forcing the season to be postponed from its opening day of March 26. Masks are required to be worn in public in California; other states have differing rules.“If these three months taught me anything, I really miss the game. I miss playing, I miss pitching, I miss the guys,” Kershaw said in a video conference from the bowels of the stadium. “It was a great feeling to come back.”Third baseman Justin Turner... [More]
Fri Jul 317:5231 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Ranger SuárezSPPhilliesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Thirty-one Major League Baseball players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%.MLB and the players' association announced the results Friday as teams resumed workouts for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start. Opening day has been reset for July 23, the latest in baseball history, and the regular season has been reduced to 60 games in the shortest schedule since 1878.The positive tests occurred among 19 of the 30 teams, according to results of the samples sent to the Sports Medicine Research and Testing Laboratory in South Jordan, Utah. There were 3,185 samples collected and tested through the first week of intake testing.Individual players who test positive are not identified by MLB or the union. Cleveland outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. gave the Indians permission to say he tested positive.“I think he’s gett... [More]
Fri Jul 317:52New Globe: Rangers open summer camp at home without MartinJosé LeclercSPRangersFree Agent
Lance LynnSPCardinalsFree Agent
Brett MartinSPRangersFree Agent
Mike MinorSPRangersFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers were supposed to be all settled in and fully acquainted with their new stadium by now, ready to spend the July 4 holiday weekend playing games at home. But instead of preparing Friday to play their 44th home game of the season, and 89th overall, they opened an unprecedented summer camp. Their first official workout in the new $1.2 billion Globe Life Field, and under the closed retractable roof, came nearly four months after they were in Arizona when MLB shut down spring training because of the coronavirus pandemic, and three weeks before they expect to finally play the home opener. “I’m kind of expecting weird, expecting things to be different,” manager Chris Woodward said after the workout. “I just think the whole situation is different. And that’s kind of our theme ... we’ve got to stay positive and just kind of like roll with the punches, take things head on, deal with it."While four other relievers took the mound for a simulat... [More]
Fri Jul 317:32From Three Rivers to PNC Park, Pirates pitcher Musgrove setJoe MusgroveSPAstrosFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Joe Musgrove isn't trying to make a political statement when the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher dons a mask, but a practical one.Musgrove wants to play. Badly. The only way that happens is if Major League Baseball can avoid having COVID-19 spread through clubhouses. Pulling a piece of cloth over his chinstrap beard in an attempt to protect himself is a small price to pay. “I don’t want to wear it any more than the next guy,” Musgrove said on Friday following the team's first official workout ahead of a shortened 60-game season. “But we’re trying to keep guys safe.”And maybe send a message to his teammates to put whatever their personal thoughts aside regarding an issue that has become highly divisive amid the pandemic aside.The 27-year-old is the closest thing the Pirates have to an ace at the moment with Jameson Taillon out until 2021 while recovering from a second reconstructive surgery on his right elbow. Musgrove is also one of the few players in the clu... [More]
Fri Jul 317:12Fulmer back on mound during Tigers' 1st workout at ComericaMichael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Baseball's return to Comerica Park meant Michael Fulmer was back on the mound in Detroit.It had certainly been a while for the right-hander, who had Tommy John surgery and missed the whole 2019 season.“The closer I got to being officially done with rehab, the more and more and more I wanted baseball to come back," Fulmer said. “I’m very happy to be up here in Detroit. I got to throw off the big league mound, or the game mound, today for the first time in about a year and a half.”The Tigers held the first workout of their new training camp Friday. They jogged, stretched and played catch in the outfield at Comerica, and there was a short period of batting practice on the field as well during the portion of the day that was open to reporters. Pitchers used both bullpens, along with the main mound in the infield.Fulmer threw off that game mound, and he said once he was on the field, the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus didn't interfere too much with th... [More]
Fri Jul 316:52Braves' Hamels says shoulder feels strong after long layoffMike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPRangersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaFree Agent
Josh TomlinSPIndiansFree Agent
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
Bryse WilsonFree Agent
Kyle WrightFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — For baseball's short season, Cole Hamels says short starts will work just fine.The Atlanta Braves' new veteran left-hander just wants to make sure he posts quality innings, no matter how few they may be.Hamels said Friday he is feeling strong as the Braves opened their summer training for the delayed season.A sore left shoulder could have forced Hamels to miss two months if the season started on time. Instead, the coronavirus pandemic ended spring training in mid-March and allowed Hamels to have a more relaxed approach to his rehabilitation.After throwing a bullpen session in the Braves' newly renamed Truist Park, Hamels said the long layoff was good for his health.“My shoulder feels great,” he said. “Now it’s just really building up the endurance.”Hamels signed an $18 million, one-year deal with Atlanta in December before hurting the shoulder in an offseason workout. The 36-year-old Hamels could be ready to take his spot in the rotation when the season opens... [More]
Fri Jul 315:12Chisox pitcher Kopech misses camp start with personal matterCheslor Cuthbert3BRoyalsFree Agent
Dane DunningFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
The Chicago White Sox plan to give Michael Kopech whatever he needs to deal with a personal matter.In the meantime, they have plenty of intriguing arms for their summer camp.Kopech was excused from team activities Friday, and general manager Rick Hahn said he doesn’t have a timeline for the return of one of baseball's top pitching prospects. “Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.He was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have began the year in the minors had the season started on time, but it was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic. Now Kopech is in the mix for a major league spot depending on how long he is away from the... [More]
Fri Jul 314:22Back on the bump: New dad Cole sets sights on Yankees titleGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Aaron HicksRFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Getting ready for a high-profile New York Yankees debut at World Series champion Washington on July 23, Gerrit Cole explained his mindset.“There is only going to be only one coronavirus World Series champion, and so that's unique in and of itself,” he said Friday. “I don’t see why you wouldn’t want to take that trophy home, especially when you're competing against your peers and there's only going to be one of them.”It already has been a big week for Cole. His wife, Amy, a sister of San Francisco shortstop Brandon Crawford, gave birth Tuesday to their first child. Caden Gerrit Cole weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces. “He’s a good mix of his dad and his mom,” Cole said. “He's absolutely adorable. He’s got big blue eyes and gosh, I just can’t stop staring at him.”Signed to a $324 million, nine-year contract that set a record as the highest for a pitcher, Cole said the delay caused by the pandemic might benefit the Yankees because it allowed many... [More]
Fri Jul 313:42AL MVP Trout still doesn't feel comfortable about this yearMike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Reigning American League MVP Mike Trout participated in the Los Angeles Angels first workout of summer camp, but said before Friday's practice that he hasn't made a final decision on playing this year.Trout and his wife, Jessica, are expecting the couple's first child in August. The outfielder said his mindset is to play in the virus-delayed season, but a lot will hinge on how he feels the next couple weeks.“Honestly, I still don’t feel that comfortable," he said. “It’s going to be tough. I don’t want to test positive. I don’t want to bring it back to my wife. If I test positive and we have the baby, I have to be there. That's my first child. If I or Jess don’t see the baby for 14 days, we’re going to be upset.“It’s a tough situation we’re in. I have to play it by ear. You don't know what is going to happen with the number of positive tests,” he said.The three-time AL MVP continues to have discussions with general manager Billy Eppler an... [More]
Fri Jul 312:52White Sox pitcher Kopech dealing with personal matterCheslor Cuthbert3BRoyalsFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chicago White Sox prospect Michael Kopech missed the start of summer camp Friday due to a personal matter.General manager Rick Hahn said he doesn't have a timeline for the return of the 24-year-old right-hander.“Given the time we're living through together I will try to answer the question that's probably now at the top of everybody's mind and just share the fact that currently Michael is healthy,” Hahn said on a video conference call.Kopech is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.He was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have began the year in the minors had the season started on time, but it was pushed back by the coronavirus pandemic. Now Kopech is in the mix for a spot in the starting rotation depending on how long he is away from the team because of the personal matter.“I know it’s very general and I’m not going to get more specific than that, othe... [More]
Fri Jul 310:12This Date in BaseballA.J. GriffinSPRangersFree Agent
Chris IannettaCRockiesFree Agent
Victor MartínezDHTigersFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxFree Agent
Jhonny Peralta3BCardinalsFree Agent
July 41905 — The Philadelphia Athletics scored two runs in the 20th inning, giving Rube Waddell a 4-2 victory over Cy Young of the Boston Red Sox. Both pitchers went the distance. Young did not allow a walk.1908 — George Wiltse of the New York Giants pitched a 10-inning, 1-0 no-hitter against the Philadelphia Phillies.1912 — George Mullin of the Detroit Tigers celebrated his 32nd birthday by pitching a no-hitter over the St. Louis Browns.1925 — Two of the great left-handers of their time, Herb Pennock of the Yankees and Lefty Grove of the Athletics, hooked up in a pitchers duel that New York won 1-0 in 15 innings. Pennock gave up four hits and walked none.1939 — Jim Tabor of the Boston Red Sox hit three home runs, including two grand slams, in an 18-12 triumph over the Philadelphia Athletics in the second game of a doubleheader.1945 — Augie Bergamo drove in eight runs to lead the St. Louis Cardinals to 19-2 rout of the New York Giants in the second game of a doubleheader.19... [More]
Thu Jul 223:22Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virusGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Aaron HicksRFYankeesFree Agent
Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Joe RossSPNationalsFree Agent
Ranger SuárezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old hitting coach Chili Davis will be working with hitters remotely and not initially at Citi Field with players and other staff members. The Seattle Mariners have three assistant coaches who fall into the high-risk category for the coronavirus and will work remotely all season. At Fenway Park, weights and other exercise equipment were set up Thursday in the concourse under the seats that Red Sox fans won't be allowed to occupy when the season finally starts. Things certainly are different for baseball's resumption amid the pandemic, three weeks before the start of a 60-game regular season. The Rangers, Mets, Mariners and Red Sox are among the teams set for their first official summer... [More]
Thu Jul 222:22Zooming in to start unprecedented MLB summer camp amid virusGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
Aaron HicksRFYankeesFree Agent
Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Joe RossSPNationalsFree Agent
Ranger SuárezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward was going to address his entire team before the start of MLB's unprecedented summer training camp, just like he did when spring training opened about 4 1/2 months ago. It was on a Zoom call instead of in person this time. When the New York Mets resume practice, 60-year-old hitting coach Chili Davis will be working with hitters remotely and not initially at Citi Field with players and other staff members. The Seattle Mariners have three assistant coaches who fall into the high-risk category for the coronavirus and will work remotely all season. At Fenway Park, weights and other exercise equipment were set up Thursday in the concourse under the seats that Red Sox fans won't be allowed to occupy when the season finally starts. Things certainly are different for baseball's resumption amid the pandemic, three weeks before the start of a 60-game regular season. The Rangers, Mets, Mariners and Red Sox are among the teams set for their first official summer... [More]
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