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Sun Jul 1214:10Yankees' Judge out 2nd straight day with stiff neckClint FrazierFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was held out of action for a second straight day Sunday due to a stiff neck.The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was scratched from a simulated game Saturday after waking up with a sore neck, and the right fielder was not included in either lineup for an intrasquad scrimmage Sunday.New York manager Aaron Boone said Judge got treatment at Yankee Stadium on Sunday and was improving.“Just thought it was better not to push through it today,” Boone said. The Yankees are set to open a pandemic-shortened season July 23 at Washington.Judge was diagnosed with a broken rib in March and used the coronavirus hiatus to recover. He had been swinging at full strength for at least a couple of weeks before camp opened and had been a full-go in intrasquad action over the past week. The 6-foot-7 star has missed time each of the past two seasons. He broke his right wrist on a hit-by-pitch in 2018 and went on the injured list for two months last year with a left ... [More]
Sun Jul 1211:20This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
July 131896 — Philadelphia’s Ed Delahanty hit four home runs in a losing effort, a 9-8 loss to Chicago.1934 — Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left in the first with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at bat the next day.1943 — The first night game in All-Star history, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, went to the AL, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by NL center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.1945 — Chicago’s Pat Seerey hit three home runs, a triple and drove in eight runs to lead the White Sox in a 16-4 win over New York at Yankee Stadium.1954 — Pitcher Dean Stone did not retire a batter but received credit for the AL’s 11-9 All-Star victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Red Schoendienst tried to steal a run f... [More]
Sun Jul 1211:10This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
July 131896 — Philadelphia’s Ed Delahanty hit four home runs in a losing effort, a 9-8 loss to Chicago.1934 — Babe Ruth hit his 700th home run in a 4-2 victory over Tommy Bridges and the Detroit Tigers. Lou Gehrig left in the first with a severe case of lumbago, the most serious threat to his streak. He returned for one at bat the next day.1943 — The first night game in All-Star history, at Philadelphia’s Shibe Park, went to the AL, 5-3, despite a single, triple and home run by NL center fielder Vince DiMaggio of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The big blow was a three-run homer by Bobby Doerr of the Boston Red Sox, which gave the AL the lead for good.1945 — Chicago’s Pat Seerey hit three home runs, a triple and drove in eight runs to lead the White Sox in a 16-4 win over New York at Yankee Stadium.1954 — Pitcher Dean Stone did not retire a batter but received credit for the AL’s 11-9 All-Star victory at Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium. Red Schoendienst tried to steal a run f... [More]
Sat Jul 1119:39Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19; Judge scratchedCharlie BlackmonRFRockiesFree Agent
Zack BrittonSPOriolesFree Agent
Luis CessaFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloFree Agent
Aaron JudgeFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”The AL East champions are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at Washington.Hours after Chapman's diagnosis, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was set to bat second and play right field at Yankee Stadium but was taken out of the lineup shortly before first pitch.Judge declared himself “game ready” earlier this week after being diagnosed with a broken rib in March. The 6-foot-7 slugger used the coronavirus shutdown to get healthy and had been swinging at full strength for at least a couple of weeks before reporting for preseason camp last week.Boone said Judge's neck “locked up" but he doesn't expect it to be a long-term issue.... [More]
Sat Jul 1118:49Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19; Judge scratchedCharlie BlackmonRFRockiesFree Agent
Zack BrittonSPOriolesFree Agent
Luis CessaFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloFree Agent
Aaron JudgeFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”The AL East champions are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at Washington.Hours after Chapman's diagnosis, Yankees slugger Aaron Judge was scratched from a simulated game with a stiff neck. The 2017 AL Rookie of the Year was set to bat second and play right field at Yankee Stadium but was taken out of the lineup shortly before first pitch.Judge declared himself “game ready” earlier this week after being diagnosed with a broken rib in March. The 6-foot-7 slugger used the coronavirus shutdown to get healthy and had been swinging at full strength for at least a couple of weeks before reporting for preseason camp last week.Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn't comment on whether the left... [More]
Sat Jul 1117:39Yanks closer Chapman has coronavirus; Astros cancel workoutAlex BregmanFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — New York Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman became the latest high-profile player to test positive for the coronavirus, his diagnosis announced Saturday hours after the Houston Astros canceled another practice due to virus concerns. In New York, manager Aaron Boone said Chapman wouldn't “be here for the foreseeable future.” Boone said the left-handed reliever “overall was doing well” despite experiencing mild symptoms.The Yankees are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at the World Series champion Washington Nationals. The AL champ Yankees already were missing star infielder DJ LeMahieu and right-hander Luis Cessa, who both tested positive last week and are still isolating at home.Boone wouldn’t say whether Chapman had been at Yankee Stadium since throwing a bullpen session on Tuesday. He said the team the team had gone through contact tracing protocols, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman’s positiv... [More]
Sat Jul 1116:29Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19, mild symptomsCharlie BlackmonRFRockiesFree Agent
Zack BrittonSPOriolesFree Agent
Luis CessaFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”The AL East champions are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at Washington.Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn't comment on whether the left-hander had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had done contact tracing, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman's positive test.“We’re following all protocols,” Boone said. "We have not had any other positive tests. We adhere to all the contact tracing things. We feel like we’ve handled it and are handling it. “Again, you know, this is something that even moving forward, a positive test is probably going to come our way. It's about doing all the things that hopefully as a whole keep us ... [More]
Sat Jul 1116:09Yankees closer Chapman has COVID-19, mild symptomsCharlie BlackmonRFRockiesFree Agent
Zack BrittonSPOriolesFree Agent
Luis CessaFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPRedsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Joey GalloFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees closer Aroldis Chapman has tested positive for the coronavirus and is experiencing mild symptoms.New York manager Aaron Boone said Saturday that Chapman “overall is doing well” but “will not be here for the foreseeable future.”The AL East champions are scheduled to start the virus-delayed season on July 23 at Washington.Chapman threw a bullpen session Tuesday, and Boone wouldn't comment on whether the left-hander had been at Yankee Stadium since. Boone said the team had done contact tracing, and no other players or personnel would be forced to isolate because of Chapman's positive test.“We’re following all protocols,” Boone said. "We have not had any other positive tests. We adhere to all the contact tracing things. We feel like we’ve handled it and are handling it. “Again, you know, this is something that even moving forward, a positive test is probably going to come our way. It's about doing all the things that hopefully as a whole keep us ... [More]
Sat Jul 1113:00Chemistry class: New managers test for right mix amid virusCarlos BeltránRFCardinalsFree Agent
Kris BryantFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSOriolesFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
David RossCBravesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Derek Shelton needs his freedom. Maybe now more than ever. Fortunately for the first-year Pittsburgh Pirates manager, bench coach Donnie Kelly made it a point to provide it.Each day Kelly puts together a meticulous schedule designed to find a way for separate groups of players to get their work in during the most unusual training camp in major league history. Shelton's name isn't on it. While Shelton jokes it's because Kelly doesn't want him to “screw anything up,” the truth is Shelton's omission is Kelly's way of doing his boss a favor.Rather than be tied to being in a certain place at a certain time, Shelton instead can float from spot to spot as he tries to play catch up on the kind of relationship building that was supposed to happen organically during the languid days of spring training.When Major League Baseball shut down for three-plus months in mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it forced Shelton and his fellow rookie managers to get creative when i... [More]
Fri Jul 1014:59Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concernsRob BrantlyCMarlinsFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsFree Agent
Tyler HeinemanFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike LeakeSPRedsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3BNationalsFree Agent
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Giants star catcher Buster Posey decided to opt out of the 2020 season Friday out of health concerns for his newly adopted twin baby girls during the coronavirus pandemic.The babies were born about eight weeks prematurely last Friday and Posey and his wife, Kristen, finalized the adoption on Thursday. Ada and Livvi are healthy but will need to spend time in neonatal intensive care and will have weakened immune systems for the next few months.“In the current state that we are right now and these babies being as fragile as they are for the next four months, at minimum, this ultimately wasn’t that difficult a decision for me,” Posey said. “From a baseball standpoint, it was a tough decision. From a family standpoint and feeling like I’m making a decision to protect our children, I think it was relatively easy.”Posey is one of the most prominent players to opt out of the season as a six-time All-Star, the 2012 NL MVP and a three-time World Series champion... [More]
Fri Jul 1013:09Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concernsIan DesmondSSNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike LeakeSPRedsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3BNationalsFree 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 1007:49Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020Starling MarteLFPiratesFree Agent
Gregory PolancoOFPiratesFree 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]
Thu Jul 919:39Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto patient on contractBryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Sixto SanchezFree 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 912:59This Date in BaseballHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Robinson Canó2BYankeesFree Agent
Yoenis CéspedesLF/CFAthleticsFree Agent
Carl CrawfordLFDodgersFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRaysFree Agent
Daniel Descalso2BCardinalsFree Agent
Prince Fielder1BTigersFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BRedsFree Agent
Josh HamiltonCF/LFRangersFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Tim LincecumSPGiantsFree Agent
German MárquezFree Agent
Brian McCannCBravesFree Agent
Justin MorneauDHTwinsFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Mark Teixeira1BYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
David Wright3BMetsFree 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 900:58Giants first baseman Brandon Belt sidelined by sore heelBrandon Belt1BGiantsFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree 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 PenceRFGiantsFree 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 817:09Sonny Gray moves to front of Reds' rotation, starts openerTrevor BauerSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Anthony DeSclafaniFree Agent
Sonny GrayPAthleticsFree Agent
Wade MileySPDiamondbacksFree Agent
CINCINNATI (AP) — Sonny Gray knows what it's like to start a season opener in front of a crowd, having done it twice with Oakland. His third time will be the most different and memorable of all.Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell chose Gray to start the 60-game season and lead a rotation that he joined only last year. Bell announced Wednesday that Luis Castillo — last year's opening day starter — would be second in the rotation, followed by Trevor Bauer, left-hander Wade Miley and Anthony DeSclafani.Gray started openers for the Athletics in 2014 and 2015, throwing a combined 14 shutout innings while getting a win and a no-decision. He's in line to face the Detroit Tigers at Great American Ball Park on July 24 as Major League Baseball starts a season shortened because of the pandemic.“It's going to be an important day,” Gray said Wednesday before practice. "Baseball will be back, and it will be back in some of the weirdest and craziest circumstances.“When you look back on thi... [More]
Tue Jul 721:18Over the Hill? Recovered lefty on track for Twins rotationHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Randy DobnakFree Agent
Mitch GarverFree Agent
Rich HillRPRed SoxFree Agent
Kenta MaedaFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRoyalsFree Agent
Michael PinedaPYankeesFree Agent
Sean PoppenFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Devin SmeltzerFree Agent
Lewis ThorpeFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — When the Minnesota Twins signed Rich Hill from the bargain aisle of free agency last winter, they expected the left-hander to be available around midseason after his recovery from elbow surgery. Now the 40-year-old is on track to be ready right away, thanks to the virus outbreak that shoved the schedule back by four months and shrunk it to 60 games. The Twins, who open on the road against the Chicago White Sox on July 24, are setting up a rotation with Hill in it. The 15-year veteran faced hitters at Target Field on Monday, logging four simulated innings in his latest step forward in yet another injury comeback.“There’s a lot of people who put in the time and the effort and gave me their time to make sure that I can be in the best position possible to go out there and perform,” Hill said Tuesday on a video conference call with reporters. "I put in the time and put in the effort, and it’s definitely paid off. I feel great, and yesterday was just one step in ... [More]
Tue Jul 719:28A's lefty Diekman questions whether there will be a seasonJake DiekmanRPPhilliesFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Jake Diekman has serious questions about Major League Baseball's ability to pull off a season given the issues everywhere getting timely test results, forcing delays and cancellations of workouts.For now, Diekman still plans to play. He must be extra careful given he has the autoimmune condition ulcerative colitis.“Once the regular season hits there’s no way I’m opting out, but if they don’t get the testing figured out then this whole thing will get shut down,” Diekman said Tuesday. “During the season there’s no way we can go 72 hours or longer without knowing our result, there’s just no way. There’s no way that can possibly happen and this be safe for all 60, 70 days or whatever it is.”The Oakland lefty said “I'm high risk so I'm going to have to speak out. I don't want to get sick” and represents others who must take added precautions because of an underlying condition.“There's a little part in everyone's mind that thinks this whole ... [More]
Tue Jul 711:58Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLBFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPRaysFree Agent
David RossCBravesFree Agent
Christian YelichOFMarlinsFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3BNationalsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Reliever Nick Vincent signed last week with the Miami Marlins and settled in for two days of quarantine in his hotel room while awaiting clearance to join workouts.“That was a little bit different,” he said. “In 48 hours, you're definitely a little stir-crazy."Vincent spent a lot of time watching TV, including the news, which reinforced that it was wise to lay low with the coronavirus crisis worsening in Florida and much of the country.And as Major League Baseball attempts to salvage the 2020 season, behavior away from the ballpark will help determine the outcome. Just like on the field, success will depend on how many players are safe at home.“That’s going to be the biggest challenge for this game to move forward — the off-the-field stuff and what guys do," said Vincent, an eight-year major league veteran. “It's just going to take one team to mess it up for everybody. I hope everybody gets that. It’ll take five guys to get a whole team sick, and then if... [More]
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