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Thu Aug 1603:25LEADING OFF: Braves-Marlins melee, Cards soaring, Lester upRonald AcunaFree Agent
Iván NovaSPYankeesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:HOT TEMPERSSuspensions could be on deck after Wednesday night's melee between the Braves and Marlins. Ronald Acuna's chance to extend his home run streak was put on hold when Miami pitcher Jose Urena hit the rookie slugger in the left elbow with his first pitch, a 97 mph fastball that left Acuna in obvious pain. The benches and bullpens for both teams emptied twice. Urena and Atlanta manager Brian Snitker were ejected, and Snitker had angry words for the pitcher. The 20-year-old Acuna exited in the second inning — the Braves said X-rays were negative and results of further tests would be announced Thursday. Atlanta won 5-2 to complete a four-game sweep.REDBIRDS SOARINGMarcell Ozuna and the Cardinals try to extend their season-best winning streak to nine games when they go for a four-game sweep of fading Washington. St. Louis, which is 18-9 since the All-Star break, hopes to have Matt Carpenter back in the lineup. On a major tear at t... [More]
Thu Aug 1602:55Acuna hit by opening pitch, Braves top Marlins 5-2José AbreuFree Agent
Andrew McCutchenCFPiratesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Slugging rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. was hit by a pitch before he could take the Marlins deep again, but Dansby Swanson filled the power void for Atlanta, hitting a two-run homer that led the Braves to a 5-2 win over Miami on Wednesday night.Acuna, who had hit leadoff homers in the last three games and homered in five straight overall, didn't get a chance to extend the streak. Jose Urena plunked him on the left elbow with a fastball on his first pitch of the day, triggering a melee. Benches and bullpens for both teams emptied onto the field twice after the pitch. No punches were thrown. Urena and Braves manager Brian Snitker were ejected.Acuna instead became the 11th batter to be hit by a pitch from Urena this season, tied for the most in the National League. Trainer George Poulis hovered over Acuna, who sat on the ground near the batter's box while players swarmed near the mound. Acuna left the game in the second inning. He took his position in left field and then walked... [More]
Wed Aug 1523:05Cardinals' Matt Carpenter hit by pitch, leaves gameMatt Carpenter3BCardinalsFree Agent
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis infielder Matt Carpenter left the Cardinals' game Wednesday night against the Washington Nationals after being hit on the hand by a pitch from Matt Grace in the bottom of the seventh inning.Carpenter was removed as a precaution and X-rays were negative.Carpenter was replaced by Patrick Wisdom.Before leaving, Carpenter extended his on-base streak to 33 games. He has 17 homers and 30 RBIs during the run.
Wed Aug 1516:25Brewers OF Braun leaves with rib cage tightnessHernán PérezSSTigersFree Agent
Christian YelichOFMarlinsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun has left their game against the Chicago Cubs with tightness on the right side of his rib cage.Braun was removed for a pinch hitter in the fifth inning Wednesday at Wrigley Field. He went 0 for 2 a day after he homered twice in Milwaukee's 7-0 victory.Hernan Perez batted for Braun and bounced into an inning-ending double play. Perez then stayed in the game in right field, and Christian Yelich moved from right to left to replace Braun.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Aug 1514:25Angels mourn death of P Aaron Cox, Trout's brother-in-lawMike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Cox, a former Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect and the brother-in-law of Mike Trout, has died. He was 24.The Angels disclosed no further details Wednesday in a statement issued on behalf of Trout and his wife, Jessica Cox."Aaron Cox was a tremendous son, brother, and brother-in-law," the Cox and Trout families said in a statement. "He had a deep love for his family, and a passionate dedication and commitment to his friends. As our families grieve together, we will also celebrate the memories, the laughter, and the love we each shared with Aaron in the short time we had him."Cox was a 19th-round draft pick by the Angels in 2015. He attended Millville High School in New Jersey and Gannon University.Cox spent parts of three seasons in the Angels' system, including 11 games this season with Class-A Inland Empire. He retired from baseball earlier this summer.Trout had been away from the Angels this week due to a personal family matter. The two-time AL MVP is on the disabled list with an injured right wrist.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Aug 1512:15Angels mourn death of P Aaron Cox, Trout's brother-in-lawMike TroutCF/LFAngelsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Aaron Cox, a former Los Angeles Angels pitching prospect and the brother-in-law of Mike Trout, has died. He was 24.The Angels disclosed no further details Wednesday in a statement issued on behalf of Trout and his wife, Jessica Cox.Cox was a 19th-round draft pick by the Angels in 2015. He attended Millville High School in New Jersey and Gannon University.Cox spent parts of three seasons in the Angels' system, including 11 games this season with Class-A Inland Empire. He retired from baseball earlier this summer.Trout had been away from the Angels this week due to a personal family matter. The two-time AL MVP is on the disabled list with an injured right wrist.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Aug 1502:15Mariners' Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1BRobinson Canó2BYankeesFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Dee GordonSSDodgersFree Agent
Denard SpanCFTwinsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension.The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new spot in the batting order, too."It feels great to be back, especially the way the team is playing," Cano said before the game. "I'm excited. I was waiting for this moment."Cano's first game was fairly nondescript. He went 1 for 4 with a single in the Mariners' 3-2 loss to the Oakland Athletics and played error-free in his new position.Cano arrived in Oakland late Monday, woke up early Tuesday and was at the Coliseum taking batting practice underneath the outfield stands three hours before the scheduled first pitch."It was really hard, I'm not going to lie," Cano said. "It was so hard watching the game from home knowing that (I) should be in there. My daughter was the thing that kept me positive. That was the biggest thing, being around my family."The 35-year-old ... [More]
Wed Aug 1501:15Puig takes swing at Hundley, both ejected as benches clearMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Nick HundleyCPadresFree Agent
Yasiel PuigOFDodgersFree Agent
Tony WatsonRPPiratesFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig took a swing at San Francisco Giants catcher Nick Hundley and both players were ejected during a benches-clearing scrap in the seventh inning Tuesday night.Puig swatted his bat in frustration after fouling off a pitch from Tony Watson, and Hundley said something to the mercurial slugger while still in his crouch. Puig turned around and walked toward Hundley, the catcher stood up, and they stood face to face and argued for a moment before Puig shoved Hundley twice.That brought players out of the benches and bullpens. Puig and Hundley were momentarily separated, but Puig ducked around teammates, coaches and manager Dave Roberts before reaching back to hit Hundley. He smacked Hundley with an open hand across the front of his catcher's mask.The players were then separated again for good. After discussing with both managers, the umpires ejected both Puig and Hundley.It was the fourth career ejection for Puig, who had also got into a skirmish with Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner in 2014.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Aug 1421:14Mariners' Cano returns from drug suspension, now playing 1BRobinson Canó2BYankeesFree Agent
Nelson CruzRFRangersFree Agent
Dee GordonSSDodgersFree Agent
Denard SpanCFTwinsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Robinson Cano is back in the major leagues with the Seattle Mariners after serving an 80-game drug suspension.The eight-time All-Star has a new position — first base, for the first time — and a new spot in the batting order, too."It feels great to be back, especially the way the team is playing," Cano said before Tuesday night's game against the Oakland Athletics. "I'm excited. I was waiting for this moment."Cano arrived in Oakland late Monday, woke up early Tuesday and was at the Coliseum taking batting practice underneath the outfield stands three hours before the scheduled first pitch."It was really hard, I'm not going to lie," Cano said. "It was so hard watching the game from home knowing that (I) should be in there. My daughter was the thing that kept me positive. That was the biggest thing, being around my family."The 35-year-old Cano rejoins a Seattle team that is in the middle of a playoff race. The Mariners entered the day 1 ½ games behind the Ath... [More]
Tue Aug 1420:34Rays get touted prospect from Pirates as PTBNL for ArcherChris ArcherSP/RPRaysFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowFree Agent
Austin MeadowsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — With the final piece now in place, the Tampa Bay Rays feel really good about the package of prospects they received for Chris Archer.Tampa Bay acquired touted minor league pitcher Shane Baz from Pittsburgh on Tuesday as the player to be named in the July 31 trade that sent Archer to the Pirates.The 19-year-old Baz, selected 12th overall in the 2017 amateur draft, was 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA for Bristol in the rookie-level Appalachian League this season. The right-hander had 54 strikeouts in 10 starts covering 45 1/3 innings."I know we're excited to get him. He's a really high-end prospect," Rays manager Kevin Cash said before his team played the New York Yankees. "Very powerful right-handed kid. Probably going to be some time before we see him, but to put a pitcher like that in our system — I know he was a guy that during the draft that we talked a lot about. We were happy with who we picked at (No. 4), but were disappointed that we didn't get the opportunity and now wi... [More]
Tue Aug 1419:24Beltre out of Rangers lineup after hurting hamstring againAdrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has initially avoided going on the disabled list for the third time this season because of a troublesome left hamstring.Beltre was out of the lineup Tuesday, a night after the active career hits leader re-aggravated the hamstring injury that has already put him on the DL twice this year. He got hurt when scoring from second base on a bloop single to left-center field."We're going to give him a couple of days, see how he feels," manager Jeff Banister said before the finale of a quick two-game set against Arizona.The Rangers have a day off before opening a four-game series at home against the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, when the 39-year-old Beltre will be revaluated again. Beltre wasn't seen in the clubhouse when it was open to reporters before Tuesday's game."I don't get any indication that it's going to be anything long-term at this point," Banister said. "But again, still reserve the right to let it kind of settle... [More]
Tue Aug 1419:04Rays get touted prospect from Pirates as PTBNL for ArcherChris ArcherSP/RPRaysFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowFree Agent
Austin MeadowsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired minor league pitcher Shane Baz from Pittsburgh as the player to be named in the July 31 trade that sent Chris Archer to the Pirates.The 19-year-old Baz, selected 12th overall in the 2017 amateur draft, was 4-3 with a 3.97 ERA for Bristol in the rookie-level Appalachian League this season. The right-hander had 54 strikeouts in 10 starts covering 45 1/3 innings.The move announced Tuesday completes a blockbuster deal that brought a wealth of young talent to Tampa Bay. The third-place Rays had already obtained rookie outfielder Austin Meadows and hard-throwing pitcher Tyler Glasnow from Pittsburgh for Archer, a 29-year-old right-hander who has made two All-Star teams.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Aug 1418:14Beltre out of Rangers lineup after hurting hamstring againAdrián Béltre3BRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre is out of the lineup a day after the active career hits leader re-aggravated the left hamstring injury that already has put him on the disabled list twice this season.Manager Jeff Banister said before Tuesday's game against Arizona that Beltre would get a couple of days down before getting another evaluation. Texas has a day off before starting a four-game series at home Thursday against the Los Angeles Angels.Beltre got hurt when scoring from second base in the eighth inning of a 5-3 win over the Diamondbacks on Monday night. The 39-year-old Beltre, who has 3,137 career hits, came home on a bloop single to left-center. He appeared to pull up a bit after rounding third base.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Aug 1414:04Cubs' Darvish looks ready to go on rehab assignmentYu DarvishSPRangersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs expect Yu Darvish to go on a minor league rehab assignment, assuming he experiences no setbacks after pitching a simulated game on Tuesday.President of baseball operations Theo Epstein says the Japanese right-hander is "just about ready for the next step" after throwing about 55 pitches. The Cubs will see how he feels on Wednesday.Sidelined because of triceps and elbow injuries, Darvish has not pitched since he won at Cincinnati on May 20. He is 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts after signing a $126 million, six-year deal with the Cubs in February.___For more AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Mon Aug 1323:34Dodgers' Jansen expects early return, then offseason surgeryWade DavisRPRaysFree Agent
Erik GoeddelFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Pat VendittePYankeesFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen expects to have a second heart surgery in the offseason but is confident he'll be able to come off the disabled list within the next few weeks.The All-Star reliever, out since Thursday with an irregular heartbeat, rejoined the Dodgers when they returned home Monday and threw a light bullpen. He plans to throw bullpens again on Wednesday and Friday.The 30-year-old Jansen is scheduled to be re-examined by his physicians next Monday. He said it's likely he'll need another ablation procedure on his heart after the season — the right-hander had a similar operation in 2012.When he was placed on the disabled list last week, it was projected Jansen would miss four to six weeks."I'm confident that it's not going to be four weeks, and it's not going to be six weeks," a smiling Jansen said. "(Aug. 20) is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen. Right now I'm going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side ... [More]
Mon Aug 1323:04Dodgers' Jansen expects early return, then offseason surgeryWade DavisRPRaysFree Agent
Erik GoeddelFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
Pat VendittePYankeesFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen expects to have a second heart surgery in the offseason but is confident he'll be able to come off the disabled list within the next few weeks.The All-Star reliever, out since Thursday with an irregular heartbeat, rejoined the Dodgers when they returned home Monday and threw a light bullpen. He plans to throw bullpens again on Wednesday and Friday.The 30-year-old Jansen is scheduled to be re-examined by his physicians next Monday. He said it's likely he'll need another ablation procedure on his heart after the season — the right-hander had a similar operation in 2012.When he was placed on the disabled list last week, it was projected Jansen would miss four to six weeks."I'm confident that it's not going to be four weeks, and it's not going to be six weeks," a smiling Jansen said. "(Aug. 20) is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen. Right now I'm going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side ... [More]
Mon Aug 1322:34Dodgers' Jansen expects early return, then offseason surgeryWade DavisRPRaysFree Agent
Kenley JansenRPDodgersFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen expects to have a second heart surgery in the offseason but is confident he'll be able to come off the disabled list within the next few weeks.The All-Star reliever, out since Thursday with an irregular heartbeat, rejoined the Dodgers when they returned home Monday and threw a light bullpen. He plans to throw bullpens again on Wednesday and Friday.The 30-year-old Jansen is scheduled to be re-examined by his physicians next Monday. He said it's likely he'll need another ablation procedure on his heart after the season — the right-hander had a similar operation in 2012.When he was placed on the disabled list last week, it was projected Jansen would miss four to six weeks."I'm confident that it's not going to be four weeks, and it's not going to be six weeks," a smiling Jansen said. "(Aug. 20) is going to be the key to listen to what is going to happen. Right now I'm going to keep taking my blood thinners and hopefully there are no side ... [More]
Mon Aug 1319:24Royals place Duffy on disabled list, recall SparkmanDanny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Glenn SparkmanFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals placed left-hander Danny Duffy on the 10-day disabled list Monday with a shoulder impingement.The 29-year-old Duffy received an anti-inflammatory shot after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's 8-3 loss to St. Louis. He has lost three of his last four starts."I felt like getting the shot would help me avoid the DL, just kind of power through it," Duffy said. "Two hundred innings was a big goal of mine. I'm disappointed that I'm not very likely to reach that this year, but there will be another chance."There is no sense in pushing through something and risking further injury that could keep me shelved for a long time. I'm not happy about it. It's best for the team."Duffy, who is 7-11 with a 4.90 ERA in 25 starts, was on the disabled list twice last year. He is hopeful he will only miss one start.Kansas City also recalled rookie right-hander Glenn Sparkman from Triple-A Omaha. He will make his first major league start in Duffy's spot Thursday against Toronto.Sparkman is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in eight appearances with the Royals this year. He pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, and then was sent down on Sunday.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Aug 1319:04Royals place Duffy on disabled list, recall SparkmanDanny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Glenn SparkmanFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals have placed left-hander Danny Duffy on the 10-day disabled list with a shoulder impingement.The 29-year-old Duffy received an anti-inflammatory shot after allowing six runs in 5 1/3 innings in Saturday's 8-3 loss to St. Louis. He has lost three of his last four starts.Kansas City also recalled rookie right-hander Glenn Sparkman from Triple-A Omaha on Monday. He will make his first major league start in Duffy's spot Thursday against Toronto.Sparkman is 0-1 with a 5.06 ERA in eight appearances with the Royals this year. He pitched 4 1/3 innings of two-run ball in Friday's loss to the Cardinals, and then was sent down on Sunday.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Aug 1318:54Yankees put LHP Sabathia on 10-day DL with knee inflammationGeorge KontosRPGiantsFree Agent
Jordan MontgomeryFree Agent
Ronald Torreyes3BCubsFree Agent
Luke VoitFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have put pitcher CC Sabathia on the 10-day disabled list because of right knee inflammation.The Yankees made a series of roster moves before hosting the New York Mets on Monday night. Reliever George Kontos was promoted from Triple-A, infielder Ronald Torreyes rejoined the Yankees and first baseman Luke Voit was sent to the minors.Sabathia was put on the DL a day after pitching six shutout innings of one-hit ball against Texas. The 38-year-old left-hander is 7-4 with a 3.32 ERA in 22 starts.Sabathia has been bothered by knee trouble for several seasons. Boosted by a brace, he's been able to pitch effectively despite the problem."We knew it was part of the program that there was going to be times during the season that he would need a timeout," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "So postgame yesterday, he shared with us that he would be best served by skipping a start, so that's what we're going to do.""We knew it was part of managing his ... [More]
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