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Mon May 2014:40Braves acquire Swarzak from Seattle for Vizcaino, BiddleGerson BautistaFree Agent
Arodys VizcaínoRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Braves have added veteran help for their patchwork bullpen by acquiring right-hander Anthony Swarzak from Seattle for left-hander Jesse Biddle and right-hander Arodys Vizcaino.As part of Monday's trade, Seattle is sending Atlanta $1,788,172 to cover about one-third of the $5,677,419 remaining in Swarzak's $8 million salary this year.Vizcaino opened the season as Atlanta's closer, then had season-ending surgery on his right shoulder on April 17. His replacement, A.J. Minter, struggled and was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on May 10.The 27-year-old Biddle was designated for assignment by the Braves on Wednesday after walking 10 batters in 11 2/3 innings. He had a 5.40 ERA as he failed to repeat his success from 2018, when he was 6-1 with a 3.11 ERA. He will report to the Mariners.Luke Jackson has six saves in nine chances as the Braves' latest closer.The 33-year-old Swarzak has a 5.27 ERA and three saves in six chances this season for the Mariners. He had an 8.64 ERA in his last nine appearances. Swarzak was successful in four of five saves chances and had a 6.15 ERA with the Mets in 2018.Swarzak was acquired by Seattle on Dec. 8 along with outfielder Jay Bruce, right fielder Gerson Bautista and a pair of minor leaguers for second baseman Robinson Canó and All-Star closer Edwin Diaz.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/apf-Baseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1923:12Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros' 10-game win streakChance AdamsFree Agent
Charlie BlackmonLFRockiesFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros' 10-game winning streak.Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.Bogaerts' double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, on... [More]
Sun May 1921:42Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros' 10-game win streakChance AdamsFree Agent
Edinson VólquezSPRedsFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros' 10-game winning streak.Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.Bogaerts' double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, on... [More]
Sat May 1823:17LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersRPBrewersFree Agent
Chris SaleRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Gregory SotoFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face the hard-hitting Houston Astros, who have won 10 in a row, at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out... [More]
Sat May 1822:37LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersRPBrewersFree Agent
Chris SaleRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Gregory SotoFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face hard-hitting Houston at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out at least 14 and walk nobody in consec... [More]
Fri May 1712:27Rays acquire C Kratz in trade with GiantsErik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants.The 38-year-old Kratz hit .125 (4 for 32) in 15 games for San Francisco. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday.As part of the trade announced Thursday, the Giants agreed to send the Rays $471,613 to cover a majority of the $877,419 remaining in Kratz's $1.2 million, one-year contract. San Francisco will receive a player to be named or cash.The Giants acquired Kratz in a March 24 trade with Milwaukee for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa. Kratz helped the Brewers make it to the NL Championship Series last year, batting .292 with three RBIs in nine playoff games.Kratz broke into the majors with Pittsburgh in 2010. He is a .208 hitter with 31 homers and 101 RBIs in 310 career games.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1702:11Yelich hits 17th, 18th homers as Brewers rout PhilliesHomer BaileySPRedsBuchanalia
Julio TeheranRP/SPBravesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 Thursday.Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row.Davies (5-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in six innings.Yelich homered in the first for a 1-0 lead off Zach Eflin (5-4) and added a solo drive off Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it 8-3.ATHLETICS 17, TIGERS 3DETROIT (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit his first career grand slam, and Oakland won its 13th straight over Detroit and its eighth in a row at Comerica ParkJosh Phegley had four hits, including one of Oakland's five home runs. Matt Olson and Marcus Semien also homered for Oakland.Detroit has been outscored 41-9 while losing the first four games of a 10-game homestand.Ohio native Chris Bassitt (2-1) pitched eight shutout innings in front of a large group of friends and family.Spencer Turnbull ... [More]
Fri May 1700:39Yelich hits 17th, 18th homers as Brewers rout PhilliesHomer BaileySPRedsBuchanalia
Julio TeheranRP/SPBravesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 Thursday.Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row.Davies (5-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in six innings.Yelich homered in the first for a 1-0 lead off Zach Eflin (5-4) and added a solo drive off Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it 8-3.ATHLETICS 17, TIGERS 3DETROIT (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit his first career grand slam, and Oakland won its 13th straight over Detroit and its eighth in a row at Comerica ParkJosh Phegley had four hits, including one of Oakland's five home runs. Matt Olson and Marcus Semien also homered for Oakland.Detroit has been outscored 41-9 while losing the first four games of a 10-game homestand.Ohio native Chris Bassitt (2-1) pitched eight shutout innings in front of a large group of friends and family.Spencer Turnbull ... [More]
Thu May 1621:27Rays acquire C Kratz in trade with GiantsErik KratzCPhilliesFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants.The 38-year-old Kratz hit .125 (4 for 32) in 15 games for San Francisco. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday.The Giants acquired Kratz in a March 24 trade with Milwaukee for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa. He helped the Brewers make it to the NL Championship Series last year, batting .292 with three RBIs in nine playoff games.The Rays got Kratz and cash considerations from the Giants for a player to be named or cash considerations. The deal was announced on Thursday.Kratz broke into the majors with Pittsburgh in 2010. He is a .208 hitter with 31 homers and 101 RBIs in 310 career games.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1100:44Zito book to detail baseball career, religious beliefBarry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Zito has written a book detailing his rise and fall as a baseball pitcher and his intensifying belief in religion."Curveball" will be published Sept. 17 by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. It was authored by Zito with Robert Noland, who has worked on books for Christian publishers in recent years.Zito, who turns 41 on Monday, was a three-time All-Star with Oakland and the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner after he went 23-5. He went 102-63 in seven seasons with Oakland, then signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco after the 2006 season and was 63-80 for the Giants.He became more religious during the time of his mound struggles. Zito returned to the Athletics for three games in 2015, then retired with a 165-143 record. He has pursued a career as a country acoustic guitar artist.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1022:56Zito book to detail career, intensified religious beliefBarry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Zito has written a book detailing his rise and fall as a baseball pitcher and his intensifying belief in religion."Curveball" will be published Sept. 17 by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. It was authored by Zito with Robert Noland, who has worked on books for Christian publishers in recent years.Zito, who turns 41 on Monday, was a three-time All-Star with Oakland and the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner after he went 23-5. He went 102-63 in seven seasons with Oakland, then signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco after the 2006 season and was 63-80 for the Giants.He became more religious during the time of his mound struggles. Zito returned to the Athletics for three games in 2015, then retired with a 165-143 record. He has pursued a career as a country acoustic guitar artist.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1014:24Zito book to detail baseball career, discovery of religion.Barry ZitoRP/SPGiantsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Barry Zito has written a book detailing his rise and fall as a baseball pitcher and his discovery of religion."Curveball" will be published Sept. 17 by Thomas Nelson, a division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing. It was authored by Zito with Robert Noland, who has worked on books for Christian publishers in recent years.Zito, who turns 41 on Monday, was a three-time All-Star with Oakland and the 2002 AL Cy Young Award winner after he went 23-5. He went 102-63 in seven seasons with Oakland, then signed a $126 million, seven-year contract with San Francisco after the 2006 season and was 63-80 for the Giants.He became more religious during the time of his mound struggles. Zito returned to the Athletics for three games in 2015, then retired with a 165-143 record. He has pursued a career as a country acoustic guitar artist.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed May 800:09Reds-A's game starts after delay for lighting malfunctionMike FiersRPBrewersFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The game between the Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night started more than 90 minutes late because of a lighting problem at the Coliseum.A bank of lights above the upper deck in left field that had been only partially lit, causing the delay. Those lights began to flicker on as the game started.It was the second straight day the Reds have had a game delayed because of unusual circumstances. Their game against the San Francisco Giants on Monday in Cincinnati was briefly halted in the first inning due to a swarm of bees.The A's announced 15 minutes before the 7:07 p.m. scheduled start that the game would not begin on time. It eventually started at 8:45 p.m.During the delay, two workers climbed a fence leaning against the railing along the outer rim of the stadium to get to the lights and spent nearly 20 minutes attempting to fix the situation with no success.A's President Dave Kaval walked out to left field at one point and led a meeting behind home plate that included two umpires, general manager David Forst, Oakland manager Bob Melvin and Reds manager David Bell.Shortly after the meeting ended, A's pitcher Mike Fiers walked out to the bullpen near left field to begin his pregame warmups with the lights still malfunctioning.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 418:07Cubs' Descalso leaves game against Cardinals with sore ankleDaniel Descalso2B/3BCardinalsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Cubs second baseman Daniel Descalso has left the game against the St. Louis Cardinals because of a sore left ankle.Descalso was hurt rounding first on a single in the first inning Saturday. He was lifted for a pinch-hitter in the fourth.Descalso came into the game batting .247 with two homers and 11 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 3021:30LeMahieu and Urshela return for Yankees against ArizonaDJ LeMahieu2BCubsFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesTeam Jim
Gio UrshelaFree Agent
Nick VincentPPadresFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — New York Yankees infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela were available for the opener of a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks after recently suffering injuries.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said both players would be on the bench for Tuesday night's game.LeMahieu left Sunday's game against San Francisco in the third inning with right knee inflammation after fouling a ball off his leg two days earlier.Urshela was removed in the fifth inning of the same game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Nick Vincent. X-rays were negative on both players.New York has had 15 players on the injured list this year, with only catcher Gary Sánchez and left-hander CC Sabathia returning.Two more could join them soon.Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki hit a two-run homer and was hit by a pitch during a rehab appearance with Single-A Tampa on Tuesday night. He went 1 for 3.Tulowitzki has not played since April 3 because of a strained left calf.Third baseman Miguel Andújar went 0 for 4 and had two errors in seven innings for Tampa. He has been sidelined since tearing the labrum in his right shoulder on March 31.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 3020:56LeMahieu and Urshela return for Yankees against ArizonaDJ LeMahieu2BCubsFree Agent
Gio UrshelaFree Agent
Nick VincentPPadresFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — New York Yankees infielders DJ LeMahieu and Gio Urshela will be available for the opener of a two-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks after recently suffering injuries.Yankees manager Aaron Boone said both players would be on the bench for Tuesday night's game.LeMahieu left Sunday's game against San Francisco in the third inning with right knee inflammation after fouling a ball off his leg two days earlier.Urshela was removed in the fifth inning of the same game after being hit on the left hand by a pitch from Nick Vincent. X-rays were negative on both players and they were able to return to keep the Yankees' injured list from growing.New York has had 15 players on the injured list this year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Apr 3002:20LEADING OFF: Sabathia goes for 3,000 Ks, Yelich hobbledJordan LylesSPAstrosFree Agent
Miguel SanóFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
Christian YelichFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:MISTER 3,000CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.40 ERA) needs three strikeouts for 3,000 when the New York Yankees visit Arizona. The 38-year-old veteran, who plans to retire after this season, is trying to join Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only left-handers to reach the milestone. Sabathia would become the 17th member of the club and first to enter since John Smoltz in 2008. With 13 players on the injured list, the depleted Yankees (17-11) have still managed to win three straight and 11 of 13. But in Arizona, they will be facing a team that currently has a winning record for only the second series this season. New York was swept by Houston in three games from April 8-10.INJURY WATCHSome of the game's top stars have hobbled into the work week. NL MVP Christian Yelich sat out Monday, a day after the Brewers right fielder left a game with lower back soreness. Mets second baseman Robinson Canó has a swollen hand after being hit by a pitch, but... [More]
Mon Apr 2923:16LEADING OFF: Sabathia goes for 3,000 Ks, Yelich hobbledJordan LylesSPAstrosFree Agent
Miguel SanóFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
Christian YelichFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:MISTER 3,000CC Sabathia (1-0, 2.40 ERA) needs three strikeouts for 3,000 when the New York Yankees visit Arizona. The 38-year-old veteran, who plans to retire after this season, is trying to join Randy Johnson and Steve Carlton as the only left-handers to reach the milestone. Sabathia would become the 17th member of the club and first to enter since John Smoltz in 2008. With 13 players on the injured list, the depleted Yankees (17-11) have still managed to win three straight and 11 of 13. But in Arizona, they will be facing a team that currently has a winning record for only the second series this season. New York was swept by Houston in three games from April 8-10.INJURY WATCHSome of the game's top stars have hobbled into the work week. NL MVP Christian Yelich sat out Monday, a day after the Brewers right fielder left a game with lower back soreness. Mets second baseman Robinson Canó has a swollen hand after being hit by a pitch, b... [More]
Mon Apr 2920:28Yankees' Tulowitzki plays first injury rehab gameDJ LeMahieu2BCubsFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesTeam Jim
Gio UrshelaFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in his first injury rehabilitation appearance, facing the Detroit Tigers in an extended spring training game Monday.Tulowitzki struck out twice and flied out, and he played four innings in the field without getting a chance"Everything is good," he said.Tulowitzki is among 13 Yankees currently on the injured list. He has not played since April 3 because of a strained left calf.Infielder DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee.LeMahieu was removed in the bottom of the third inning Sunday at San Francisco because of the inflammation, two days after he fouled a pitch off his knee. Infielder Gio Urshela left after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch in the fifth inning. The Yankees said after the game that X-rays on both players were negative.New York opens a two-game series Tuesday at Arizona, the end of a nine-game trip. While the Yankees are 17-11, they will ... [More]
Mon Apr 2917:56Yankees' Tulowitzki plays first injury rehab gameDJ LeMahieu2BCubsFree Agent
Troy TulowitzkiSSRockiesTeam Jim
Gio UrshelaFree Agent
LAKELAND, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Troy Tulowitzki was 1 for 4 with a home run and a walk in his first injury rehabilitation appearance, against the Detroit Tigers in an extended spring training game Monday,Tulowitzki struck out twice and flied out, and he played four innings in the field without getting a chance"Everything is good," he said.Tulowitzki is among 13 Yankees currently on the injured list. He has not played since April 3 because of a strained left calf.Infielder DJ LeMahieu is day-to-day with inflammation in his right knee.LeMahieu was removed in the bottom of the third inning Sunday at San Francisco because of the inflammation, two days after he fouled a pitch off his knee. Infielder Gio Urshela left after he was hit on his left hand by a pitch in the fifth inning. The Yankees said after the game that X-rays on both players were negative.New York opens a two-game series Tuesday at Arizona, the end of a nine-game trip. While the Yankees are 17-11, they will... [More]
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