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Tue Jul 718:48Pirates' Keller looks to mesh information, instincts in 2020Chris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Mitch KellerSPPiratesFree Agent
Cole TuckerSSPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Mitch Keller's first go-round in the majors was a study in contrasts and a snapshot of where baseball is at in 2020.The traditional numbers for the Pittsburgh Pirates top-ranked pitching prospect weren't great. One win in 11 starts. An ERA north of 7.00. An inability to work deep into games. For a franchise that needs young players to do a fair share of the heavy lifting in order to contend, the early returns were jarring.The advanced metrics, however, were far kinder to the big-armed 23-year-old. His spin rate, pitch efficiency and his strikeouts per nine innings (12.2) offered proof his stuff was good. That didn't make it any easier for the soft-spoken kid from Iowa to endure. There would be times he would get to the dugout wondering how things got sideways so quickly.“When you make pitches and a ground ball gets through the hole there or a double down the line or something like that, I mean, you kind of feel it out there,” Keller said. “Like, ‘Dang, that ... [More]
Tue Jul 718:29More positive tests, canceled workouts add to MLB uneaseKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Starlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Jake DiekmanRPAthleticsFree Agent
Tom EshelmanSPOriolesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPBravesFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Luis MaderoSPAngelsFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Franmil ReyesRFIndiansFree Agent
Victor RoblesCFNationalsFree Agent
Eduardo RodríguezSPRed SoxFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaRPBravesFree Agent
Juan SotoLFNationalsFree Agent
Josh TomlinSPBravesFree Agent
As baseball nears the two-week countdown to the start of its delayed season, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to keep more players, including Boston Red Sox projected opening day starter Eduardo Rodriguez, off the field.On Tuesday, one day after Major League Baseball released its 60-game schedule, there was continued evidence of the difficulties caused by the pandemic.The San Francisco Giants suspended workouts at Oracle Park as they awaited the results of weekend tests for the coronavirus. The Chicago Cubs' workout was delayed. Oakland left-hander Jake Diekman, who has ulcerative colitis, an autoimmune condition, said teams having to call off workouts because of delays in test results “just can't happen.”“I know they’re trying their hardest, but I don’t know if that’s good enough for right now,” Diekman said Tuesday. “It’s a little worrisome. Say we go on a 10-day road trip and we only get results one time. That’s not very good with 45 or 50 people in a clubhouse at... [More]
Tue Jul 718:08AP source: Mets to host Yankees on 20th anniversary of 9/11Pete Alonso1BMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets will host the crosstown Yankees on the 20th anniversary of 9/11 next season, according to a person familiar with the decision.The clubs will play at Citi Field in a game sure to be full of emotions for the city that's also reported over 18,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths this year. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Major League Baseball has not yet released next season’s schedule.“I can’t imagine how powerful and how emotional of an event that could be," Yankees manager Aaron Boone said.The decision was first reported by Newsday.The 20th anniversary game will be played not far from the site of demolished Shea Stadium, where Hall of Famer Mike Piazza hit a memorable home run for the Mets against the Braves on Sept. 21, 2001 in the first major sporting event in the city following the attacks. New York wore hats honoring the city's first responders for the game.Mets slugger Pete Alonso is sure to have a ha... [More]
Tue Jul 717:381st 60: How MLB standouts fared in what will equal full 2020Cody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Joe Mauer1BTwinsFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Cody Bellinger was well on his way to becoming the National League MVP only 60 games into last season for the Los Angeles Dodgers, already with 20 homers in that stretch before his 24th birthday.Over that same span for the Houston Astros last summer, Justin Verlander won nine games and struck out 103 batters on the way to his second AL Cy Young Award. The veteran right-hander had more wins and strikeouts through the first 60 games for the American League champions than he did just over one-third of the way into the 2011 season for the Detroit Tigers, when he finished 24-5 and was also the AL MVP.After 60 games this year, it will already be time to determine who wins those awards. There will be no more games to be played in a regular season that's set to begin July 23 and is 102 games shorter than usual because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bellinger was only the fifth MVP from either league over the past 20 seasons to have 20 homers in his team's first 60 games — Barry Bonds did it twi... [More]
Tue Jul 717:18Adam Haseley reports to Phils' camp after virus test delayAdam HaseleyCFPhilliesFree Agent
Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Mikie MahtookLFTigersFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Adam Haseley reported to camp Tuesday after waiting several days for clearance because the lab used by Major League Baseball didn’t return the results of his initial test for the coronavirus.“Once we realized we weren’t going to get that result, we retested him and he tested negative,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said Tuesday. “It’s going to be critical that the testing is done reliably and done quickly. The league folks, the Players Association folks, and the folks at the lab are doing the best they can, and we absolutely understand that this is a huge undertaking and it’s the first time that these parties have ever gone through that. So, we understand all that.“Nevertheless, it’s frustrating for a player like Adam Haseley or the Phillies when something like that happens, and our hope throughout the league is that as we work through these instances early, that we will be able to smooth them out for late... [More]
Tue Jul 716:38Clayton Kershaw to start opening day for Dodgers vs GiantsMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clayton Kershaw will make his franchise-record ninth opening day start for the Los Angeles Dodgers.Manager Dave Roberts confirmed his choice Tuesday in a video conference call. The Dodgers open the 60-game season on July 23 at home against the rival San Francisco Giants. Kershaw was tabbed to start opening day against the Giants on March 26 before the season was delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.The 32-year-old left-hander tossed four innings in the Dodgers' second intrasquad game Monday night. He struck out new teammate Mookie Betts on a called third strike by umpire Bob Geren, the team's bench coach who was working the plate. Kershaw threw another inning in the bullpen.Kershaw's streak of opening day starts ended last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation. He was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu, who signed with Toronto in December.Kershaw is 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA on opening day.The team's rotation was upended when new Dodger David Price said he would sit out the season. He was expected to be the No. 3 starter behind Kershaw and Walker Buehler. Julio Urias and Alex Wood were expected to fill out the back end.Ross Stripling, Dustin May and Tony Gonsolin are among the leading contenders to fill Price's spot.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jul 711:58Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLBFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
David RossFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Reliever Nick Vincent signed last week with the Miami Marlins and settled in for two days of quarantine in his hotel room while awaiting clearance to join workouts.“That was a little bit different,” he said. “In 48 hours, you're definitely a little stir-crazy."Vincent spent a lot of time watching TV, including the news, which reinforced that it was wise to lay low with the coronavirus crisis worsening in Florida and much of the country.And as Major League Baseball attempts to salvage the 2020 season, behavior away from the ballpark will help determine the outcome. Just like on the field, success will depend on how many players are safe at home.“That’s going to be the biggest challenge for this game to move forward — the off-the-field stuff and what guys do," said Vincent, an eight-year major league veteran. “It's just going to take one team to mess it up for everybody. I hope everybody gets that. It’ll take five guys to get a whole team sick, and then if... [More]
Mon Jul 623:08Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ian DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager James Click said the delay in testing results and the contagious nature of the coronavirus ... [More]
Mon Jul 620:28Dodgers RHP Jimmy Nelson to miss season with bad backJimmy NelsonSPBrewersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will undergo surgery on his lower back and miss the upcoming shortened season.Los Angeles manager Dave Roberts said Monday that Nelson’s back had been bothering him since the start of spring training in February before camps were shut down in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.“We just couldn’t get him on track physically,” Roberts said on a video call. “He was frustrated throughout the spring. After quarantining and giving him time off, it just never came around.”The surgery will be performed Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Robert Watkins.Nelson signed a $1.25 million, one-year contract in January, an incentive-laden deal that could be worth $13.25 million over two seasons. The 31-year-old right-hander spent the last six seasons with Milwaukee, compiling a career mark of 33-46 with a 4.22 ERA and 578 strikeouts against 240 walks.Nelson had his best season in 2017, going 12-6 with a 3.49 ERA. However, he ended the season on the injured list with a rotator cuff strain. He missed all of 2018 with a partially torn labrum in his right shoulder.He returned last season and appeared in 10 games for the Brewers, making two starts. He was 0-2 with a 6.95 ERA and the team didn’t offer him a contract by Dec. 2, making him a free agent.Nelson has a $750,000 salary this year, and the Dodgers have a $2 million option for 2021 with a $500,000 buyout. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jul 620:28Aaron Nola clears virus protocol, arrives to Phillies camp Adam HaseleyCFPhilliesFree Agent
Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Aaron NolaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Ranger SuárezSPPhilliesFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPPhilliesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Phillies ace Aaron Nola reported to camp on Monday after waiting a few extra days because he was in contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus.“All my tests came back negative,” Nola said. “If you don’t have symptoms and you come in contact with somebody who ends up testing positive, you’re out for probably at least seven days. That could possibly be two starts. It’s obviously going to be a hard part of it. And sometimes it’s out of our control. We just have to try to do our part every day.”The Phillies have had seven players and five staff members test positive for the virus. None has been identified.Infielder Scott Kingery and pitchers Hector Neris, Ranger Suarez and Tommy Hunter were placed on the 10-day injured list with no specified injuries last week. Outfielder Adam Haseley and catcher Christian Bethancourt still haven’t reported to camp.Nola threw a bullpen upon arriving and would likely start Philadelphia’s season ope... [More]
Mon Jul 619:18Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Ian DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager James Click said the delay in testing results and the contagious nature of the coronavirus ... [More]
Mon Jul 617:38Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Ian DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager James Click said the delay in testing results and the contagious nature of the coronavirus ... [More]
Mon Jul 616:28Reds' Garrett drops fears, speaks out about racial injusticeAmir GarrettRPRedsFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — With so few Black players in the major leagues, Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett was afraid to talk openly about racial discrimination. He kept his thoughts — and his stories — to himself.He wouldn't speak of the time in high school in California when he and another Black classmate were on their way to basketball practice, playing their music in the car. Police pulled them over, shoved them against the car, frisked them aggressively, emptied the car while claiming to look for drugs, then them go.They received no ticket, Garrett said, but a threat.“They say, ‘OK, you can go, but next time don’t play your music so loud around here because next time we're not going to be so nice,'” Garrett said Monday.Silent no more, the 28-year-old pitcher is trying to bring awareness, starting within his own team.When George Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, Garre... [More]
Mon Jul 615:38Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Ian DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager... [More]
Mon Jul 613:58Braves 'ultimate pro' OF Nick Markakis opts out of season Ian DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSTigersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Cristian PacheCFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Félix Hernández, the former Cy Young winner with Seattle who was competing for a rotation spot before opting out on Sunday. The 36-year-old Markakis said Monday he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Freeman, top setup man Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma tested positive for the coronavirus. M... [More]
Mon Jul 612:28Nationals, Astros cancel workouts because of testing delaysIan DesmondCFRockiesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Joey GalloLFRangersFree Agent
Jesús LuzardoSPAthleticsFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series finalists canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general man... [More]
Sun Jul 520:08Giants manager Kapler: Pablo Sandoval's weight not an issuePablo Sandoval3BGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval's size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again.Manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday the San Francisco Giants fully expect their “Kung Fu Panda” to be ready and in game shape to contribute by opening day later this month even though he is noticeably heavier than during spring training nearly five months ago in Scottsdale, Arizona.“Pablo's role on this team is to do what he has done over the course of the last couple days, and what he has done for this city and this community in the past, and that is to bring positive energy, get big hits, drive the baseball, and those are still the things we believe he is capable of doing,” Kapler said.“Already in this short period of time he's demonstrated it. I have a lot of empathy for Pablo and what it must be like to be dealing with this kind of scrutiny, and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.”Sandoval underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on ... [More]
Sun Jul 516:28Brewers' Yelich knows he had fortunate timing on new dealCody BellingerRFDodgersFree Agent
Christian YelichRFBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich acknowledges he benefited from fortunate timing in his contract negotiations.The Brewers held a March 6 news conference to announce that the 2018 NL MVP had agreed to a nine-year, $215 million contract. Spring training was halted less than a week later because of the coronavirus pandemic.Yelich's deal was finalized before the loss of revenue from Major League Baseball's shortened season and labor unrest created at least some uncertainty about the game’s financial future.“At the end of the day, this is where I wanted to be,” Yelich said Sunday. “I said it a lot at the time when we had a press conference, which feels like it was years ago.“But it’s one of those things where one of the reasons I did it was because I’ve really loved and enjoyed playing here, and the other is you never know what’s going to happen in the future. I’d be lying if I told you I knew a pandemic was going to hit, but it’s kind of ... [More]
Sun Jul 513:38Braves' Felix Hernandez opts out of season due to pandemic Johan Camargo3BBravesFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPBravesFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSTigersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Austin Riley3BBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Bryse WilsonSPBravesFree Agent
Kyle WrightSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Hernández, 34, opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The decision came a day after Snitker announced that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19. Right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma also had positive tests announced on Saturday.Snitker said Hernández may have realized “it is way, way different” now as players must deal with the concerns of trying to start the season during the pandemic.“Everybody told him it would be, but until you live it I don’t think you know it,” Snitker said. "As tests come in and outbreaks and things like that, I think... [More]
Sun Jul 512:38Braves' Felix Hernandez opts out of season due to pandemic Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPBravesFree Agent
Félix HernándezSPMarinersFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSTigersFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Mike SorokaRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Bryse WilsonSPBravesFree Agent
Kyle WrightSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Hernández, 34, opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The decision came a day after Snitker announced that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19. Right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma also had positive tests announced on Saturday.Snitker said Hernández may have realized “it is way, way different” now as players must deal with the concerns of trying to start the season during the pandemic.“Everybody told him it would be, but until you live it I don’t think you know it,” Snitker said. "As tests come in and outbreaks and things like that, I think... [More]
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