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Fri Jul 1020:49Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Alex CobbSPOriolesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Junior GuerraRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
John MeansSPOriolesFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Later Friday, the Chicago White Sox said prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech wouldn't play this year. No reason was given for his decision.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for the virus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“Thes... [More]
Fri Jul 1019:19Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Alex CobbSPOriolesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Junior GuerraRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
John MeansSPOriolesFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Later Friday, the Chicago White Sox said prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech wouldn't play this year. No reason was given for his decision.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for the virus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“Thes... [More]
Fri Jul 1019:09White Sox top pitching prospect Kopech opts out this yearChris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech chose Friday not to play this season and the team put star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz on the 10-day injured list because of unspecified ailments.There was no official word on whether the moves were related to the coronavirus pandemic.The White Sox believe they are poised for a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons. But losing Kopech for the season and Moncada for at least a little while are big blows.Both players had been absent since the White Sox resumed workouts last week for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps in March.The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.“We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020,... [More]
Fri Jul 1018:59Delayed start should help Brewers' Knebel play all seasonJosh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Corey KnebelRPBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Corey Knebel believes the pandemic-imposed hiatus will enable him to be ready for the start of the season as he returns from Tommy John surgery.“I’m feeling very confident that I’ll be ready to go,” Knebel said after throwing an inning of scoreless relief in a Friday afternoon scrimmage.Knebel didn’t pitch at all last year after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during spring training, an injury that required him to undergo surgery in April 2019. Knebel said that if the 2020 season had started on time, he probably wouldn’t have been able to join the active roster until June.The delay to the start of the season now means the 28-year-old right-hander shouldn’t miss any more time.“I want to say all of April was going to be rehab outings, and the plan was to join the team around June 4 or June 5,” Knebel said.The Brewers are now scheduled to open on July 24. Knebel said the delayed start to the season ga... [More]
Fri Jul 1018:29Delayed start should help Brewers' Knebel play this seasonJosh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Corey KnebelRPBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers reliever Corey Knebel believes the pandemic-imposed hiatus will enable him to be ready for the start of the season as he returns from Tommy John surgery.“I’m feeling very confident that I’ll be ready to go,” Knebel said after throwing an inning of scoreless relief in a Friday afternoon scrimmage.Knebel didn’t pitch at all last year after tearing the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow during spring training, an injury that required him to undergo surgery in April 2019. Knebel said that if the 2020 season had started on time, he probably wouldn’t have been able to join the active roster until June.The delay to the start of the season now means the 28-year-old right-hander shouldn’t miss any more time.“I want to say all of April was going to be rehab outings, and the plan was to join the team around June 4 or June 5,” Knebel said.The Brewers are now scheduled to open on July 24. Knebel said the delayed start to the season ga... [More]
Fri Jul 1018:09Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Alex CobbSPOriolesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Junior GuerraRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Brock Holt2B/3BBrewersFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
John MeansSPOriolesFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Will SmithRPBravesFree Agent
Touki ToussaintSPBravesFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for coronavirus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“These babies, being as fragile as they are for the next four months minimum, this wasn’t ultimately that difficult a decision for me,” he said.Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has developed a st... [More]
Fri Jul 1017:59Gallo joins Rangers after missed week due to positive testJoey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo joined the Texas Rangers for the first time at summer camp Friday after missing the first week of workouts because he had tested positive for coronavirus. Gallo never felt any symptoms, but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. He was cleared to return after multiple negative tests this week.“Obviously my fingers were crossed every day that one of those tests was going to come back negative," manager Chris Woodward said. “The fact that he had no symptoms, he felt fine the whole time."Gallo took batting practice and spent some time in right field during the early portion of the workout, but wasn't part of the afternoon intrasquad. The 26-year-old Gallo initially took a saliva test during intake testing June 27, and got a positive result two days later. Gallo, who then allowed the Rangers to share the information, took a nasal swab test on June 30 that came back negative, but then had anot... [More]
Fri Jul 1017:49Blue Jays shift Guerrero Jr. across diamond to first baseBo BichetteSSBlue JaysFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn't rule out that he will play some third in the future. “This is more about Vladdy and giving him a chance to succeed in a short season,” Montoyo said. Guerrero hit .272 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in 123 games as a rookie, delivering a series of big swings en route to the finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby. He led the team with 17 errors. A move to to first was not expected this early in his career. Guerrero said he’s OK with the move. “I agreed to it,” he said through an interpreter. “Whatever the team needs."The 21-year-old son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is one of baseball’s most heralded young players. The Blue Jays... [More]
Fri Jul 1015:59Blue Jays shift Guerrero Jr. across diamond to first baseTravis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn't rule out that he will play some third in the future. “This is more about Vladdy and giving him a chance to succeed in a short season,” Montoyo said. Guerrero hit .272 with 15 home runs and 69 RBIs in 123 games as a rookie, delivering a series of big swings en route to the finals of the All-Star Home Run Derby. The 21-year-old son of Hall of Fame outfielder Vladimir Guerrero is one of baseball’s most heralded young players. The Blue Jays asked him to drop weight and boost endurance during the off-season. He injured his left oblique muscle in spring training last year, and later missed occasional games because of right knee pain.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jul 1015:29No high-fives? No spitting? MLBers adjust in COVID worldKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Derek HollandSPCubsFree Agent
James McCannCWhite SoxFree Agent
Franmil ReyesDHIndiansFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week.Then, he remembered: Those are out. And just like crying, now there's no spitting in baseball, either.“The first thing you want to do 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. “Had to stop myself today from almost spitting in my mask because I drank some water. You’re just used to it.”Things sure will be different when it's time to play ball in two weeks. And it's won't just be the empty stands or 60-game schedule.“You’ve got to change your ways a little bit and try to establish new routines,” Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant said. “But we shouldn’t be complaining about that because we all want this thing to work.”Players are adjusting to a new nor... [More]
Fri Jul 1015:19Blue Jays player expresses concern about bubble isolationRandal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw says he's not interested in confining himself to the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre for the summer if major league baseball is granted an exemption from the Canadian government to play baseball in Toronto amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays have created a quarantine environment at Rogers Centre and the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel during training camp. The current exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada.MLB requires an exemption as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and that is widely expected to be extended. Any exemption likely means the Blue Jays would not be allowed to leave the hotel attached to the Rogers Center when they play home games in the city. “All summer isn’t gonna happen. Not an option,” Shaw tweeted Friday. Players have no... [More]
Fri Jul 1014:59Blue Jays player expresses concern about bubble isolationRandal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Marcus StromanSPMetsFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw says he's not interested in confining himself to the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre for the summer if major league baseball is granted an exemption from the Canadian government to play baseball in Toronto amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays have created a quarantine environment at Rogers Centre and the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel during training camp. The current exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada.MLB requires an exemption as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and that is widely expected to be extended. Any exemption likely means the Blue Jays would not be allowed to leave the hotel attached to the Rogers Center when they play home games in the city. “All summer isn’t gonna happen. Not an option,” Shaw tweeted Friday. Players have no... [More]
Fri Jul 1014:49Gallo joins Rangers after missed week due to positive testJoey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo joined the Texas Rangers for the first time at summer camp Friday after missing the first week of workouts because he had tested positive for coronavirus. Gallo never felt any symptoms, but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. He was cleared to return after multiple negative tests this week.The 26-year-old Gallo initially took a saliva test during intake testing June 27, and got a positive result two days later. Gallo, who then allowed the Rangers to share the information, took a nasal swab test on June 30 that came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive last Sunday.Gallo's return came two weeks before the scheduled season opener July 24 against Colorado. He is expected to be ready for the season, and had been working out at the new stadium for several weeks before the positive tests that kept him away from the team. After consecutive 40-homer seasons while hitting under .210, Gallo had 22 homers and a .253 average in 70 games last season, when he was an All-Star before right wrist surgery. He homered in the All-Star game.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jul 1013:09Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concernsIan DesmondLFRockiesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike LeakeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants star catcher Buster Posey became the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, announcing his decision Friday.The six-time All-Star said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season.Posey had missed three San Francisco practices while dealing with a personal issue.The 2012 NL MVP and three-time World Series champion joined Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond, Arizona pitcher Mike Leake and other in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year.The 33-year-old Posey said it was difficult to miss an entire season but that this was the best decision for his family.“These babies, being as fragile as they are for the next four months minimum, this wasn’t ultimately that difficult a decision for me,” he said.Posey hit .455 in exhibition games this year before spring training was halted March 12 because of the virus outbreak.Major League Baseball is scheduled to start the season with July 23. There were two games set for opening day, including the Giants taking on Los Angeles ace Clayton Kershaw at Dodger Stadium.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri Jul 1010:09This Date in BaseballRobinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRockiesFree Agent
Daniel Descalso2BCubsFree Agent
German MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
David WrightFree Agent
July 111914 — Babe Ruth made his major league debut for the Boston Red Sox and received credit for a 4-3 victory over Cleveland. He was removed for a pinch hitter in the seventh, and Duffy Lewis’ single led to the winning run.1944 — Phil Cavaretta set an All-Star game record by reaching base safely five straight times — triple, single, three walks — to lead the NL to a 7-1 victory over the AL at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh.1950 — The All-Star game returned to Comiskey Park, the site of the first game, and was won by the NL 4-3 on Red Schoendienst’s 14th-inning home run off Ted Gray. It was the first extra-inning All-Star game, the first time the NL won at an AL park and the first All-Star game shown on network television.1961 — Despite a record seven errors and pitcher Stu Miller getting blown off the Candlestick Park mound by a gale wind, the NL edged the AL 5-4 in the first of two All-Star games played that year.1967 — Tony Perez’s home run off Catfish Hunter in th... [More]
Fri Jul 1007:49Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020Starling MarteCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They always have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw jangly mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field stands at PNC Park. The long stride that makes it seem like he can get from first to second in a handful of steps. For six seasons the 28-year-old right fielder has tantalized, to the point where the Pirates signed him to a contract extension in 2016 that could be worth $35 million through 2023 if the club chooses to hold on to him.An “if” Polanco is well aware of. When the Pirates traded center fielder Starling Marte in January, it left Polanco as the last member of the group that led the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15. Polanco wants to be a part of the group that returns the club to contention. Yet he might be just as valuable as a trade chip for an o... [More]
Fri Jul 1002:09Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field stands at PNC Park. The long stride that makes it seem like he can get from first to second in a handful of steps. For six seasons the 28-year-old right fielder has tantalized, to the point where the Pirates signed him to a contract extension in 2016 that could be worth $35 million through 2023 if the club chooses to hold on to him.An “if” Polanco is well aware of. He's the last remaining regular from the core that led the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15 after the team traded center fielder Starling Marté to Arizona in the offseason. Polanco wants to be a part of the next wave designed to get the team back into contention. Or he could be a trade chip designed to help... [More]
Thu Jul 921:49Angels' Anthony Rendon expects MLB stars to find groove fastAnthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Patrick SandovalSPAngelsFree Agent
Jared Walsh1BAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels' new $245 million third baseman mostly spent the first few months of his seven-year contract changing his daughters' diapers and occasionally throwing a tennis ball at a wall.Anthony Rendon is more than ready to get to work earning his riches, and the World Series winner doesn't think it will take long for baseball's best players to get back into championship form.“As we get older, we know what we need to do to prepare ourselves for a game as men, as professionals,” Rendon said Thursday. “I think there's a little bit of a light switch deal, where we know that we’ve got to go right now. We can kind of turn it on and say we need to get down to business, and I need to bear down because the real deal is about to happen. If the season started today, I think a lot of the guys, including myself, would be ready.”Rendon is getting to know his teammates again after his first year with the Angels was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic... [More]
Thu Jul 921:39Healthy Bellinger ready for 'once-in-a-lifetime' seasonCody BellingerCFDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinRPDodgersFree Agent
Max Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Cody Bellinger is healthy, his mind is right, and he's ready for whatever baseball's shortened 60-game season brings.Bellinger is looking to pick up where he left off after a stellar performance for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. The reigning NL MVP batted .305 with 47 homers and 115 RBIs for the NL West champions last year.“Everything is going to be so weird this year. It’s going to be fun,” he said Thursday on a video conference call. “It could be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, so I’m just taking advantage of what we got.”What the Dodgers have in addition to Bellinger's offensive power is Mookie Betts, the 2018 AL MVP with Boston. He joins a team that led the NL with 279 homers last year, but lost to Washington in the Division Series.Bellinger, who turns 25 on Monday, isn't putting pressure on himself to repeat last season's statistics.“I just want to focus on what I’ve got to do in order to be good. I’m understanding that a little more," he said... [More]
Thu Jul 921:29Baseball players get a peek at playing without fansYoenis CéspedesLFMetsFree Agent
Garrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Seth LugoRPMetsFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Franmil ReyesDHIndiansFree Agent
Mike SorokaSPBravesFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Baseball players got a sense of what the game will be like without fans in the stands upon returning for workouts last week.They're getting a more realistic glimpse this week as teams begin holding scrimmages.Yes, it's very strange.“It was surreal. ... just sitting behind the dish at a major league stadium with major league players on the field and no one else there and playing in competition,” Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns said Thursday. “Occasionally, you’ll see that for a small BP when media isn’t around or cameras aren’t around, but it was really weird to see Christian Yelich in the batter’s box in a major league stadium in competition in an empty ballpark."Baseball returned for workouts last week after the season was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic during spring training. Teams have started ramping up their workouts in preparation for a 60-game season set to begin on July 23.The season will start without fans in the stands and will likely re... [More]
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