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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]
Thu Jul 921:09Baseball 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
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]
Thu Jul 920:39New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategyTaylor RogersRPTwinsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball has its answer to penalty kicks, overtimes and shootouts, and it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other tiebreakers.Major League Baseball will start each extra inning in this abbreviated, 60-game season by putting a runner on second base. The rule has been used since 2018 in the minor leagues, where it created more action and settled games sooner.“It’s like ‘arena baseball,’” said Scott Thorman, who managed the Kansas City Royals’ Single-A Carolina League affiliate in Wilmington, Delaware, last season.Those words may cause traditionalists to shudder.“I haven’t met anyone so far that likes it,” Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.Dave Martinez, meet Christian Yelich.“I think it’s great,” said Yelich, the Brewers outfielder and 2018 National League MVP. “As a player, there’s nothing worse than extra innings. Especially in a season like this, where you literally can’t take on that 15- or 16-inning game w... [More]
Thu Jul 919:39Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto patient on contractBryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCPhilliesFree Agent
Sixto SanchezSPMarlinsFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — J.T. Realmuto isn’t worried about his contract situation. The All-Star catcher and the Philadelphia Phillies had preliminary discussions about a long-term deal before the coronavirus pandemic but talks between the two sides haven’t progressed since baseball returned last week.Realmuto is eligible for free agency after the season unless the Phillies sign him before he can test the market. He's expected to seek at least $20 million per season.Last week, Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said the pandemic has changed the landscape of baseball. Lost revenue could affect salaries around the league going forward.“It definitely concerns me, not necessarily for myself, but for the free agency class as a whole,” Realmuto said Thursday. “The top guys usually find a way to get their dollars. Teams are going to want them. Maybe it’s not 20 teams in on you, maybe five or 10. A lot of teams will be able to look at this as a time to take advantage and actually go... [More]
Thu Jul 919:19Baseball players get a peek at playing without fansGarrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree 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]
Thu Jul 918:39Scrimmage gives Red Sox taste of strange season to comeRafael Devers3BRed SoxFree Agent
Nathan EovaldiSPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Rafael Devers lofted a fly ball to left, and John Andreoli took off in pursuit.It’s a long sprint, because Andreoli was playing center -- the only outfielder in the game at the time. The ball fell just out of the reach of his outstretched glove as Devers coasted into second base.And then a voice echoed off the empty Fenway seats: “Out!”Welcome to the Boston Red Sox summer camp, a reboot of the spring training that was aborted in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. With its intrasquad scrimmages of 5½ innings and automatic outs to make up for the eight (and later down to seven) fielders, it looked more like the world’s fanciest sandlot on Thursday than a major league team getting ready for the season.“It seems like everything is just a little bit off,” manager Ron Roenicke said in a video call from one area of Fenway Park to reporters sitting in another. “I thought it was pretty good for what it was.”A week after reporting for training camp and ju... [More]
Thu Jul 917:59Baseball players get a peek at playing without fansGarrett Cooper1BMarlinsFree Agent
Mike FoltynewiczSPBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Sean NewcombSPBravesFree 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]
Thu Jul 917:29Judgment error: Indians' Reyes sorry for not wearing mask Franmil ReyesDHIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Franmil Reyes' first error this season was in judgment.The Indians' free-swinging slugger and outfielder apologized Thursday for endangering his health — and putting his teammates at risk — by not wearing a mask while attending a holiday party last weekend.Reyes' off-field behavior prompted the Indians to keep the affable 25-year-old away from their training camp in case he had been exposed to the coronavirus. Reyes was re-tested twice and cleared by Cleveland's medical personnel before he was allowed to resume on-field activities Wednesday.“They did the right thing they have to do to protect us,” Reyes said of the Indians, who have had few problems with testing or positive cases in the early stages of the delayed camp. “I really apologize because I was not protecting myself and my teammates. I learned from it and it won’t happen again. I really don’t want to stop practicing. I really apologize about that.”Reyes, who came to Cleveland last season in a... [More]
Thu Jul 915:59New extra-inning format stirs debate as teams plot strategyTaylor RogersRPTwinsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Baseball has its answer to penalty kicks, overtimes and shootouts, and it figures to stir just as much debate as all those other forms of tiebreakers. Major League Baseball will start each extra inning in this abbreviated, 60-game season by putting a runner on second base. The rule has been used since 2018 in the minor leagues, where it created more action and settled games sooner. “It’s like ‘arena baseball,’” said Scott Thorman, who managed the Kansas City Royals’ Single-A Carolina League affiliate in Wilmington, Delaware, last season.Those words may cause traditionalists to shudder.“I haven’t met anyone so far that likes it,” Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez said.Dave Martinez, meet Christian Yelich.“I think it’s great,” said Yelich, the Brewers's outfielder and 2018 National League MVP. “As a player, there’s nothing worse than extra innings. Especially in a season like this, where you literally can’t take on that 15- or 16-... [More]
Thu Jul 912:59This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPTwinsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BMetsFree Agent
Yoenis CéspedesLFMetsFree Agent
Carl CrawfordFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRockiesFree Agent
Daniel Descalso2BCubsFree Agent
Prince FielderFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BRangersFree Agent
Josh HamiltonFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFPhilliesFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BPadresFree Agent
Tim LincecumFree Agent
German MárquezSPRockiesFree Agent
Brian McCannFree Agent
Justin MorneauFree Agent
Hunter PenceLFGiantsFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Mark TeixeiraFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree 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]
Thu Jul 910:19This Date in BaseballAaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
David OrtizFree Agent
Ichiro SuzukiFree Agent
July 101917 — Ray Caldwell of New York pitched 9 2-3 innings of no-hit relief as the Yankees beat the Browns 7-5 in 17 innings in St. Louis.1932 — The Philadelphia A’s defeated Cleveland 18-17 in an 18-inning game in which John Burnett of the Indians had a record nine hits. Jimmie Foxx collected 16 total bases, and Eddie Rommell of the A’s pitched 17 innings in relief for the win, despite giving up 29 hits and 14 runs.1934 — Carl Hubbell struck out Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Jimmie Foxx, Al Simmons and Joe Cronin in succession, but the AL came back to win the All-Star game 9-7 at the Polo Grounds as Mel Harder gave up one hit in the last five innings.1936 — Philadelphia’s Chuck Klein hit four home runs in a 9-6 10-inning victory over the Pirates, and it wasn’t in the cozy Baker Bowl. He hit them in Pittsburgh’s spacious Forbes Field, including the game-winning three-run shot in the 10th off Bill Swift. Klein almost homered in the second inning when he sent Pirates outfiel... [More]
Thu Jul 900:58Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sidelined by sore heelBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Hunter PenceLFGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been using a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler said Belt will be re-evaluated in five to seven days but it's too soon to know whether the injury could affect his status for the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium. “I think making an assessment for the opening series against the Dodgers is probably a little bit premature as it relates to Brandon's heel,” Kapler said. “I talked to him today, he was feeling pretty good. We walked across the field and then up the stairs to the clubhouse together. He was feeling fairly confident. I think more than anything else it's probably smart to be patient and take a look at where he is in a couple of days.” The 32-year-old Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it this time doing agility work in a ladder drill. He played in 156 games last year following two injury-plagued seasons ... [More]
Wed Jul 823:59Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sidelined by sore heelBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Hunter PenceLFGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants first baseman Brandon Belt has been using a walking boot as he nurses a sore right heel that will keep him out at least a week. Manager Gabe Kapler said Belt would be re-evaluated in 5-to-7 days but wasn't ready to put in doubt Belt's availability for the season opener July 23 at Dodger Stadium.“I think making an assessment for the opening series against the Dodgers is probably a little bit premature as it relates to Brandon's heel,” Kapler said. “I talked to him today, he was feeling pretty good. We walked across the field and then up the stairs to the clubhouse together. He was feeling fairly confident. I think more than anything else it's probably smart to be patient and take a look at where he is in a couple of days.” The 32-year-old Belt has dealt with heel pain previously and aggravated it this time doing agility work in a ladder drill. He played in 156 games last season following two injury-plagued years and batted .234 with 17 home runs and... [More]
Wed Jul 822:39Giants return, so do some players, but Padres INF Mateo outAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Keone KelaRPPiratesFree Agent
Carter Kieboom3BNationalsFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Jorge MateoSSPadresFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Héctor NoesíSPPiratesFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Franmil ReyesDHIndiansFree Agent
Trevor RichardsSPRaysFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughSPRaysFree Agent
As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus, and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend.The San Diego Padres, however, revealed that newly acquired infielder Jorge Mateo’s intake test for coronavirus came back positive and he’s experienced symptoms. Mateo was obtained last week from Oakland for a player to be named or cash in the first trade since the transaction freeze was lifted.Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Mateo has not been to the ballpark and is self-isolating.San Diego announced last week that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for coronavirus and was asymptomatic. He has not yet rejoined the team.In Boston, third baseman Rafael Devers practiced at Fenway Park for the first time since the Red Sox opened summer camp. Devers and an unspecified n... [More]
Wed Jul 822:19New center field backdrop has Dodgers hitters adjustingScott AlexanderRPDodgersFree Agent
Tony GonsolinRPDodgersFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Gavin Lux2BDodgersFree Agent
Max Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
Jimmy NelsonRPDodgersFree Agent
A.J. PollockLFDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPDodgersFree Agent
A.J. RamosFree Agent
Keibert RuizCDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers were eager to show off $100 million worth of stadium renovations to fans and a national audience at the All-Star Game this summer. Turns out, it appears only players are going to see the changes up close this season because of the coronavirus pandemic, which will keep the public out of the ballpark for at least the early portion of a 60-game schedule that begins July 23. The Dodgers won't host the All-Star festivities until 2022.The black tarp that served as the backdrop in center field is gone, replaced by a new center field plaza that may take some getting used to for hitters.First baseman Max Muncy was hit by a pitch on his left ring finger during the team's intrasquad game Tuesday. “I couldn’t really see the ball,” he said Wednesday on a video conference call. “I’m trying to adjust to some of the changes out there.”Muncy said he’ll stop swinging a bat while his finger heals, but he expects to be ready for opening day.The ne... [More]
Wed Jul 820:29Giants return, so do some players, but Padres' INF Mateo outAlex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Adam DuvallLFBravesFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Joey GalloRFRangersFree Agent
Carter Kieboom3BNationalsFree Agent
Corey KluberSPRangersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Brett MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Jorge MateoSSPadresFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Tommy PhamLFPadresFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BAngelsFree Agent
Franmil ReyesDHIndiansFree Agent
Trevor RichardsSPRaysFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle SchwarberLFCubsFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughSPRaysFree Agent
As Major League Baseball cautiously tiptoes closer toward beginning its delayed 2020 season, several teams welcomed back players who might have been exposed to the coronavirus and the San Francisco Giants resumed workouts Wednesday after finally receiving the results of COVID-19 tests administered over the weekend.The San Diego Padres, however, revealed that newly acquired infielder Jorge Mateo’s intake test for coronavirus came back positive and he’s experienced symptoms. Mateo was acquired last week from Oakland for a player to be named or cash in the first trade since the transaction freeze was lifted.Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Mateo has not been to the ballpark and is self-isolating.San Diego announced last week that outfielder Tommy Pham tested positive for coronavirus and was asymptomatic. He has not yet rejoined the team.In Boston, third baseman Rafael Devers practiced at Fenway Park for the first time since the Red Sox opened summer camp. Devers and an unspecified nu... [More]
Wed Jul 820:08Healed Twins speedster Byron Buxton: 'I've got no limit'Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Max KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — An array of injuries was largely responsible for the blight on the first five years of Byron Buxton's still-promising major league career, with surgery last fall to repair labrum damage in his left shoulder serving as the latest setback.The most games he can get in this year for the Minnesota Twins? Sixty.Such a milestone — even 50 games for the fleet-footed center fielder — would be a welcome development in this virus-shrunken season.Buxton, who had the procedure on Sept. 10, worked his way onto a rehabilitation track that would have had him ready for the original opener on March 26. Four extra months to heal and train sure didn't hurt.“I’ve got no limit. I’m back to being myself and going out and playing the game the right way,” Buxton said on Wednesday, before the Twins played their first intrasquad game at Target Field, 16 days before they play the White Sox in Chicago to start the 2020 sprint.The second overall pick in the 2012 draft has had his sh... [More]
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