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Fri Jul 1020:49Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Later Friday, the Chicago White Sox said prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech wouldn't play this year. No reason was given for his decision.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for the virus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“Thes... [More]
Fri Jul 1019:19Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Later Friday, the Chicago White Sox said prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech wouldn't play this year. No reason was given for his decision.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for the virus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“Thes... [More]
Fri Jul 1018:09Posey out for 2020 as MLB teams deal with churning rostersKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — San Francisco catcher Buster Posey became the latest well-known player to opt out of the abbreviated 2020 season, joining Dodgers pitcher David Price and Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the sidelines.Others like Texas slugger Joey Gallo and San Diego outfielder Tommy Pham provided good news: They can get back on the field after previously testing positive for coronavirus.One week into Major League Baseball's strange summer camp, the constant churn of rosters is one of the few constants.Posey — a six-time All-Star and 2012 NL MVP — said his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided skipping the season was in his family’s best interest.“These babies, being as fragile as they are for the next four months minimum, this wasn’t ultimately that difficult a decision for me,” he said.Arizona manager Torey Lovullo has developed a st... [More]
Fri Jul 1015:29No high-fives? No spitting? MLBers adjust in COVID worldKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Washington Nationals manager Dave Martinez wanted to hug, high-five and fist bump his players. After all, the defending World Series champions spent nearly four months apart before resuming workouts last week.Then, he remembered: Those are out. And just like crying, now there's no spitting in baseball, either.“The first thing you want to do when you see the guys come in after not seeing them for a while, you want to give them a big hug, a fist bump, high-five,” Martinez said. “Had to stop myself today from almost spitting in my mask because I drank some water. You’re just used to it.”Things sure will be different when it's time to play ball in two weeks. And it's won't just be the empty stands or 60-game schedule.“You’ve got to change your ways a little bit and try to establish new routines,” Chicago Cubs slugger Kris Bryant said. “But we shouldn’t be complaining about that because we all want this thing to work.”Players are adjusting to a new nor... [More]
Fri Jul 1015:19Blue Jays player expresses concern about bubble isolationRandal GrichukRFCardinalsFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BRed SoxFree Agent
Marcus StromanRPBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw says he's not interested in confining himself to the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre for the summer if major league baseball is granted an exemption from the Canadian government to play baseball in Toronto amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays have created a quarantine environment at Rogers Centre and the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel during training camp. The current exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada.MLB requires an exemption as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and that is widely expected to be extended. Any exemption likely means the Blue Jays would not be allowed to leave the hotel attached to the Rogers Center when they play home games in the city. “All summer isn’t gonna happen. Not an option,” Shaw tweeted Friday. Players have no... [More]
Fri Jul 1014:59Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concernsRob BrantlyCMarlinsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree 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 1014:59Blue Jays player expresses concern about bubble isolationRandal GrichukRFCardinalsFree Agent
Travis Shaw1BRed SoxFree Agent
Marcus StromanRPBlue JaysFree Agent
TORONTO (AP) — Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw says he's not interested in confining himself to the hotel attached to the Rogers Centre for the summer if major league baseball is granted an exemption from the Canadian government to play baseball in Toronto amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays have created a quarantine environment at Rogers Centre and the adjoining Toronto Marriott City Centre Hotel during training camp. The current exemption does not cover the regular season and player travel between the U.S. and Canada.MLB requires an exemption as anyone entering Canada for nonessential reasons must self-isolate for 14 days. The U.S.-Canada border remains closed to nonessential travel until at least July 21 and that is widely expected to be extended. Any exemption likely means the Blue Jays would not be allowed to leave the hotel attached to the Rogers Center when they play home games in the city. “All summer isn’t gonna happen. Not an option,” Shaw tweeted Friday. Players have no... [More]
Fri Jul 1013:09Giants star catcher Posey out this year over virus concernsIan DesmondSSNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Mike LeakeSPRedsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree 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 PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They always have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw jangly mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field stands at PNC Park. The long stride that makes it seem like he can get from first to second in a handful of steps. For six seasons the 28-year-old right fielder has tantalized, to the point where the Pirates signed him to a contract extension in 2016 that could be worth $35 million through 2023 if the club chooses to hold on to him.An “if” Polanco is well aware of. When the Pirates traded center fielder Starling Marte in January, it left Polanco as the last member of the group that led the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15. Polanco wants to be a part of the group that returns the club to contention. Yet he might be just as valuable as a trade chip for an o... [More]
Fri Jul 1002:09Polanco's push; Pirates RF ready to shake injury bug in 2020Gregory PolancoRFPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The tools are there. They have been from the moment Gregory Polanco crashed into the big leagues six years ago as a raw mix of power and potential. The looping swing that can occasionally send baseballs to the banks of the Allegheny River that flows beyond the right-field stands at PNC Park. The long stride that makes it seem like he can get from first to second in a handful of steps. For six seasons the 28-year-old right fielder has tantalized, to the point where the Pirates signed him to a contract extension in 2016 that could be worth $35 million through 2023 if the club chooses to hold on to him.An “if” Polanco is well aware of. He's the last remaining regular from the core that led the Pirates to three straight playoff appearances from 2013-15 after the team traded center fielder Starling Marté to Arizona in the offseason. Polanco wants to be a part of the next wave designed to get the team back into contention. Or he could be a trade chip designed to help... [More]
Thu Jul 921:49Angels' Anthony Rendon expects MLB stars to find groove fastAnthony Rendon2BNationalsFree Agent
Patrick SandovalFree Agent
Jared WalshFree 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 919:39Phillies All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto patient on contractBryce HarperLFNationalsFree 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 Canó2BMarinersFree Agent
Yoenis CéspedesLFRed SoxFree Agent
Carl CrawfordLFDodgersFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRoyalsFree Agent
Daniel Descalso3BCardinalsFree Agent
Prince Fielder1BRangersFree Agent
Todd Frazier3BRedsFree Agent
Josh HamiltonLFAngelsFree Agent
Bryce HarperLFNationalsFree Agent
Eric Hosmer1BRoyalsFree Agent
Tim LincecumSPGiantsFree Agent
German MárquezFree Agent
Brian McCannCYankeesFree Agent
Justin Morneau1BRockiesFree Agent
Hunter PenceRFGiantsFree Agent
Salvador PérezCRoyalsFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Mark Teixeira1BYankeesFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree 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 802:08Upcoming MLB free agents have fewer games to impressGerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
J.P. CrawfordFree Agent
Johnny CuetoSPRedsFree Agent
David DahlOFRockiesFree Agent
Jake FraleyFree Agent
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Kyle LewisFree Agent
Shed LongFree Agent
Lance McCullers Jr.Free Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
A.J. PukFree Agent
Robbie RayRPTigersFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.Free Agent
Evan WhiteFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Robbie Ray already knew 2020 would be a big season for his financial future because it's his last one before becoming a free agent.Now the Arizona Diamondbacks left-hander has less time to make a strong impression.Major League Baseball's coronavirus-delayed 60-game season is much shorter than the usual 162-game grind. That means pitchers like Ray will probably make about 11 or 12 starts instead of the typical 30-plus.Because of the compressed calendar, the 28-year-old Ray made sure he kept in shape during the spring hiatus from baseball. In his first live work off the mound Sunday, he threw nearly 80 pitches and said he's very close to being ready for the regular season, which begins July 24 against the Padres.The motivation is obvious: A bad start to the season could cost him millions of dollars in what's expected to be a tight free-agent market during the offseason. Conversely, two good months might lead to a big payoff this winter.“I had the assumption that once e... [More]
Tue Jul 721:18Over the Hill? Recovered lefty on track for Twins rotationHomer BaileySPRedsFree Agent
Randy DobnakFree Agent
Mitch GarverFree Agent
Rich HillRPYankeesFree Agent
Kenta MaedaFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPRaysFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPYankeesFree Agent
Sean PoppenFree Agent
Albert Pujols1BAngelsFree Agent
Devin SmeltzerFree Agent
Lewis ThorpeSPTwinsFree 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 715:18Yanks schedule exhibition games vs Mets, Phillies July 18-20Gerrit ColeSPPiratesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The New York Yankees have scheduled preseason exhibitions against the crosstown Mets and Philadelphia Phillies.The Yankees and Mets will play at Citi Field on Friday, July 18 and then at Yankee Stadium the following night. The Phillies will come to the Bronx and play the Bombers on July 20. All three games announced Tuesday will air locally on the YES Network. The Yankees will open a pandemic-shortened 60-game regular season against the World Series champion Nationals in Washington on July 23 — the first game of the season for any team. The Dodgers and Giants will play later that night, and the rest of the league will open the next day. New York manager Aaron Boone has been quick to get his pitchers and hitters into game situations during their condensed preseason camp. The club held a six-inning intrasquad game Monday night on the third day of official practices at empty Yankee Stadium.The team had another intrasquad set for Tuesday night, with new ace Gerrit Cole set to pitch in pinstripes for the first time at Yankee Stadium after signing a $324 million, nine-year deal in the offseason.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jul 711:58Safe at home? Off-field behavior will be decisive for MLBFreddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersFree Agent
David RossCRed SoxFree Agent
Christian YelichLFMarlinsFree 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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