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Sat Jul 416:52Yanks pitcher Tanaka alert after hit in head by Stanton blowAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonLFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was alert and sent to a hospital after being hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout.Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.Trainers tended to his head and appeared to check his vision. Tanaka was helped to his feet and walked off the field with help.The Yankees said in a statement that Tanaka was responsive and walking under his own power. He was sent to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for further evaluation.Stanton, who had his jaw broken by a high fastball in 2014, bent over at home plate and watched motionlessly. New York star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking images.Yankees players, some... [More]
Sat Jul 416:32Yankees pitcher Tanaka hit in head by Stanton line driveAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonLFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout.Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.Trainers tended to his head and appeared to check his vision. Tanaka was helped to his feet and walked off the field with help.Stanton, who had his jaw broken by a high fastball in 2014, bent over at home plate and watched motionlessly. New York star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking images.Yankees players, some still stretching at the start of the club’s first official practice since Major League Baseball set a truncated 60-game schedule last month, stood or knelt silently.Stanton was the third batter Tanak... [More]
Sat Jul 416:22Competitive environment crucial for young TigersGrayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Matt ManningSPTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Grayson Greiner compared it to college, and JaCoby Jones wonders if it's possible to make this training camp a little more ... interesting.“Maybe we’ll have little fun bets and little wagers on it and just make it a little more fun, and a little more competition," said Jones, an outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.It's been clear for while that preparing for this baseball season will be different. Instead of a full schedule of formal spring training games, teams are mostly on their own ahead of opening day in less than three weeks.That could make things particularly tricky for the Tigers, who have several top prospects in their player pool and need to decide just how soon they want to turn them loose at the major league level.Detroit manager Ron Gardenhire said Saturday the team is looking into the possibility of setting up exhibition games with another team before the start of the regular season.“We are working on that, to play a couple exhibition games with a tea... [More]
Sat Jul 416:02Yankees pitcher Tanaka hit in head by Stanton line driveAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Jordan MontgomerySPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonLFYankeesFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka was hit in the head by a line drive off the bat of slugger Giancarlo Stanton during live batting practice Saturday, a frightening scene during the team’s first official summer camp workout.Tanaka's hat flew off and he immediately collapsed to the ground, cradling his head at Yankee Stadium. Trainers quickly ran to Tanaka, who stayed down for a few minutes before sitting up.Trainers appeared to treat the left side of his head. Tanaka was helped to his feet and walked off the field with help.Stanton, who had his jaw broken by a high fastball in 2014, bent over at home plate and watched motionlessly. New York star Aaron Judge repeatedly waved behind home plate and asked a video journalist to stop taking images.Yankees players, some still stretching at the start of the club’s first official practice since Major League Baseball set a truncated 60-game schedule last month, stood or knelt silently.Stanton was the third batter Tanaka faced to start the session, and no protective screen was in place.The music that was playing over the sound system was turned off and a screen was put in front of the mound. Pitcher Jordan Montgomery began warming up and started to throw to hitters about five minutes after Tanaka walked off.The 31-year-old Tanaka was 11-9 with a 4.45 ERA last season. The Japanese star is 75-43 in six years with the Yankees.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Jul 414:32Atlanta Braves give no indication of considering name changeRyan HelsleyRPCardinalsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — With teams in two sports taking a second look at names deemed offensive to Native Americans, the Atlanta Braves on Saturday gave no indication they are willing to consider a similar change.The Cleveland Indians said Friday they’re reconsidering their nickname following the furor over the NFL Washington Redskins name. The Braves released a statement saying the team “honors, supports, and values the Native American community. That will never change.”The Braves said they “have much work to do on and off the field.” The team said in recent months it has “created an even stronger bond with various Native American tribes, both regionally and nationally, on matters related to the Braves and Native American culture."“We have also held meetings with our Native American Working Group which will collaborate with us on cultural issues, education and community outreach to amplify their voices and show our fans they are still proudly here,” the statement said.“The... [More]
Sat Jul 413:32Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus Charlie BlackmonRFRockiesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season.“It will be a while before we can get him back,” manager Brian Snitker said Saturday about Freeman.Snitker said the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test early in the week before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.It is too early to know if Freeman's status for the start of the season could be jeopardized.“It’s a serious ... [More]
Sat Jul 412:22Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSBravesFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus.Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back," Snitker said of Freeman.Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title.The Braves signed Smith, the former Giants reliever, to a three-year, $39 million deal in the offseason.Snitker said Smith and Toussaint have no symptoms. He said Kozma, who is working with top minor leaguers at the team's Triple-A Gwinnett facilty, has a fever.Snitker also said first base coach Eric Young Sr., 53, has opted out of for the season due to concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic. ___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jul 323:52Tatis Jr. wears mask during workout; Pham tests positiveFranchy CorderoCFPadresFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLFRaysFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree 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 Alonso1BMetsFree Agent
Dellin BetancesRPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree 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 PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLFRaysFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree 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 BrittonRPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
James PaxtonSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonLFYankeesFree 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 Alonso1BMetsFree Agent
Dellin BetancesRPMetsFree Agent
Seth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCMetsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree 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 319:22Trout uncertain, All-Star Game off as MLB gets back on fieldMichael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Wilson RamosCMetsFree 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 318:32Mariners hope 6-man rotation pays off now and going forwardJustin DunnSPMarinersFree Agent
Marco GonzalesSPMarinersFree Agent
Kendall GravemanSPMarinersFree Agent
Yusei KikuchiSPMarinersFree Agent
Taijuan WalkerSPMarinersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — When the Seattle Mariners kicked off summer camp Friday, figuring out how to get pitchers ready in just three weeks was a primary concern. One way the Mariners hope to combat worries about putting strain on pitchers' arms is by going with a six-man rotation for the full 60-game season. That may lead to starters throwing just once a week and perhaps making around 10 starts between the start of the regular season and late September. But for a franchise that’s still building toward 2021 and beyond, avoiding arm injuries is of the utmost importance during this truncated season. “I think the six-men rotation is a great thing for where we’re at right now and something that we’ll look at going forward into the future,” manager Scott Servais said before the Mariners' first workout. “It’s really, really important to keep these guys healthy. And we do know the impact that they’ll be able to make by having an extra day off; all these guys throw better when they ha... [More]
Fri Jul 317:5231 MLB players, 7 staff test positive for COVID-19, or 1.2%Tommy HunterRPPhilliesFree Agent
Scott Kingery3BPhilliesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Ranger SuárezRPPhilliesFree 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 LeclercRPRangersFree Agent
Lance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree 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 317:42Indians' Carrasco on another journey, this time in pandemicShane BieberSPIndiansFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Not even a mask can hide Carlos Carrasco's smile or muffle his joy.For now, baseball's back. And he is as well.A year after a leukemia diagnosis threatened his life and nearly ended his playing career, Carrasco is staging another comeback. In remission and medically cleared to pitch, the 33-year-old right-hander and his Cleveland Indians teammates took their first steps Friday toward resuming a delayed major league season that has been drastically changed by the COVID-19 pandemic.“It’s completely different,” Carrasco said following a workout at Progressive Field. "But we will get through this.”It's that spirit that propelled Carrasco last season, when he battled cancer and made a journey back to the mound. He never flinched during an ordeal that went from being highly personal to public as the Indians — and all of Cleveland — rallied around the easygoing Carrasco, who is best known to his teammates and fans as “Cookie.”Following his moving in-game app... [More]
Fri Jul 317:42Astros look to McCullers to help make up for loss of ColeYordan AlvarezDHAstrosFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPYankeesFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPAstrosFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.SPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Gerrit Cole’s departure to join the New York Yankees in free agency left a gaping hole in Houston’s rotation entering the season. The Astros hope the return of Lance McCullers will help lessen the blow. The 26-year-old McCullers is healthy and ready to go after missing last season following Tommy John surgery. “He’s going to be a big part of our success,” manager Dusty Baker said Friday after Houston resumed workouts for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12. “Losing Gerrit Cole, hopefully he can step in and give us some quality starts, because before he got hurt the guy was one of the best around.”McCullers had become an important part of Houston’s rotation before his injury. He was 10-6 with a 3.86 ERA in 25 games with 22 starts in 2018. He struck out a career-high 142 in 128 1/3 innings, which was also the most in his career. The right-hander is 29-22 with a 3.67 ERA in four seasons with the Astros after being d... [More]
Fri Jul 317:32From Three Rivers to PNC Park, Pirates pitcher Musgrove setJoe MusgroveSPPiratesFree 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]
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