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Mon Jul 618:38Asymptomatic All-Star slugger Gallo tests positive for virusJoey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Brett MartinFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the outfielder who is asymptomatic to miss the start of summer camp for the Texas Rangers after being among teammates who had worked out at their new ballpark for several weeks before that.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. He was isolating at his high-rise Dallas apartment and away from teammates.“Our mindset going into this was it’s not a matter if guys tested positive but when,” Daniels said. “Obviously this thing doesn’t discriminate whether it’s a star player (or) somebody trying to make the club. The key thing for us is Joey is asymptomatic and feels good. ... He told me yesterday he feels as good as he ever has and is in the best shape he’s ever been in.”The 26-year-old Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two... [More]
Mon Jul 617:38Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsOld Hoss
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Francisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesRotoValue
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of coronavirus testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager James Click said the delay in testing results and the contagious nature of the coronavirus ... [More]
Mon Jul 616:58With Fenway retrofit, players get taste of luxury (boxes) Jackie BradleyCFRed SoxFree Agent
Michael ChavisFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1B/DHRangersOld Hoss
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — A pitching mound in a picnic area. Exercise bicycles in the concourse. Lockers in the luxury suites.Banished from their spring training complex in COVID 19-ravaged Florida to their historic but cozy home, the Red Sox are squeezing any space they can out of Fenway Park for the reboot of spring training that baseball is calling summer camp.When players arrived last week, they found their lockers set up not in the traditional home clubhouse used since the days of Ted Williams and Carl Yastrzemski but in the upper-deck luxury suites along the first-base line.“It’s pretty cool eating breakfast in the suite looking out into the field,” first baseman Mitch Moreland said on Monday. “I don’t know if we’ll move back.”Major league teams, including the Red Sox, have elaborate complexes at their spring training homes to help them prepare for the season, with enough lockers for everyone still trying to make the team and extra fields for them all to get their work in.But... [More]
Mon Jul 616:58Big stick: Lindor focused on season, not future in ClevelandFrancisco LindorSSIndiansFree Agent
Adam PlutkoFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor is religiously following baseball's COVID-19 protocols — social distancing, masks, temperature checks, you name it. He's making sure others do the same.So on Monday, after taking batting practice at Progressive Field, Lindor urged manager Terry Francona to clean his hands — with pine tar.Lindor pranked his manager by switching a spray bottle of hand sanitizer with one filled with the adhesive hitters use to better grip their bat.Needless to say, Francona wasn't totally amused.“We almost wanted to release him,” Francona cracked. “I may not be able to get up off this table. I’ve used rubbing alcohol, I’ve used tape remover. It’s everywhere.”Jokes aside, Lindor has his own sticky situation in Cleveland.The All-Star's future with the Indians remains a touchy topic, whether the team plays 60 games this season or not again until 2021. Lindor is under the club's contractual control through next season, but the Indians are... [More]
Mon Jul 616:28Reds' Garrett drops fears, speaks out about racial injusticeAmir GarrettFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsTexas BigSticks
CINCINNATI (AP) — With so few Black players in the major leagues, Cincinnati Reds reliever Amir Garrett was afraid to talk openly about racial discrimination. He kept his thoughts — and his stories — to himself.He wouldn't speak of the time in high school in California when he and another Black classmate were on their way to basketball practice, playing their music in the car. Police pulled them over, shoved them against the car, frisked them aggressively, emptied the car while claiming to look for drugs, then them go.They received no ticket, Garrett said, but a threat.“They say, ‘OK, you can go, but next time don’t play your music so loud around here because next time we're not going to be so nice,'” Garrett said Monday.Silent no more, the 28-year-old pitcher is trying to bring awareness, starting within his own team.When George Floyd, a Black man, died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for nearly eight minutes, Garre... [More]
Mon Jul 616:28Asymptomatic All-Star slugger Gallo tests positive for virusJoey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Brett MartinFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo tested positive for the coronavirus, forcing the outfielder who is asymptomatic to miss the start of summer camp for the Texas Rangers after being among teammates who had worked out at their new ballpark for several weeks before that.Rangers general manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. He was isolating at his high-rise Dallas apartment and away from teammates.“Our mindset going into this was it’s not a matter if guys tested positive but when,” Daniels said. “Obviously this thing doesn’t discriminate whether it’s a star player (or) somebody trying to make the club. The key thing for us is Joey is asymptomatic and feels good. ... He told me yesterday he feels as good as he ever has and is in the best shape he’s ever been in.”The 26-year-old Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two... [More]
Mon Jul 615:38Nationals, Astros cancel workouts over virus testing delaysKris Bryant3BCubsFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsOld Hoss
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesRotoValue
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series teams canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general manager... [More]
Mon Jul 613:58Braves 'ultimate pro' OF Nick Markakis opts out of season Ian DesmondSSNationalsOld Hoss
Adam Duvall1B/3BGiantsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesRotoValue
Ender InciarteCF/LFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Pete KozmaSSCardinalsFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesRotoValue
Marcell OzunaCF/RFMarlinsFree Agent
Cristian PacheFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis opted out of the 2020 season on Monday due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season. He follows right-hander Félix Hernández, the former Cy Young winner with Seattle who was competing for a rotation spot before opting out on Sunday. The 36-year-old Markakis said Monday he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Freeman, top setup man Will Smith, right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma tested positive for the coronavirus. M... [More]
Mon Jul 612:28Nationals, Astros cancel workouts because of testing delaysIan DesmondSSNationalsOld Hoss
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Jesús LuzardoFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesRotoValue
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball's two World Series finalists canceled workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that one executive worried could endanger the baseball season.The defending champion Washington Nationals and reigning American League champion Houston Astros each called off training camp practices after not receiving test results from Friday. The cancellations come amid delays around Major League Baseball, with some players opting out, and in the aftermath of Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle criticizing slow test results and a lack of some personal protective equipment.“We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo said. "Without accurate and timely testing, it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp. Major League Baseball needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”Astros general man... [More]
Mon Jul 611:28Nationals cancel workout because of COVID-19 testing delayWelington CastilloCCubsFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Jesús LuzardoFree Agent
Joe RossFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
WASHINGTON (AP) — The defending World Series champion Nationals canceled their workout Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays that general manager Mike Rizzo worried could endanger the baseball season.All players and staff were tested Friday, and Rizzo said the team still hasn't received those results. The cancellation came a day after All-Star reliever Sean Doolittle voiced concerns about the slow turnaround on coronavirus tests and the Nationals not receiving some kinds of personal protective equipment.“We cannot have our players and staff work at risk,” Rizzo said. “We will not sacrifice the health and safety of our players, staff and their families. Without accurate and timely testing it is simply not safe for us to continue with summer camp.”Rizzo added that Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab” or the season is at risk.Two Nationals players who took part in in-take testing last week tested positive. Manag... [More]
Sun Jul 520:08Giants manager Kapler: Pablo Sandoval's weight not an issuePablo Sandoval3BGiantsOld Hoss
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Pablo Sandoval's size and round middle have ignited the internet and brought out the body critics as baseball begins again.Manager Gabe Kapler said Sunday the San Francisco Giants fully expect their “Kung Fu Panda” to be ready and in game shape to contribute by opening day later this month even though he is noticeably heavier than during spring training nearly five months ago in Scottsdale, Arizona.“Pablo's role on this team is to do what he has done over the course of the last couple days, and what he has done for this city and this community in the past, and that is to bring positive energy, get big hits, drive the baseball, and those are still the things we believe he is capable of doing,” Kapler said.“Already in this short period of time he's demonstrated it. I have a lot of empathy for Pablo and what it must be like to be dealing with this kind of scrutiny, and I wouldn't wish it on anybody.”Sandoval underwent season-ending Tommy John surgery on ... [More]
Sun Jul 519:28Tanaka doing well; Yanks to air intrasquad game MondayAroldis ChapmanRPRedsLas Vegas Giants
Gerrit ColeSPPiratesDodger Blue
J.A. HappSPBlue JaysFree Agent
James PaxtonSPMarinersFree Agent
Luis SeverinoFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonRFMarlinsSportsWiseGuy.com
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesFree Agent
Tyler WadeFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees had their Sunday brightened by Masahiro Tanaka, who came to the ballpark and seemed well a day after being hit in the head by Giancarlo Stanton’s line drive.They’re hoping Yankee Stadium’s lights will do the same this week.Encouraged by Tanaka’s progress after Saturday’s scare, the Yankees are planning to hold intrasquad night games Monday and Tuesday in the Bronx as they prepare for the July 23 start of a 60-game regular season condensed by the coronavirus pandemic.The 7 p.m. scrimmages will both air on YES Network, giving fans at least a couple of live looks at the defending AL East champions this summer. Left-hander J.A. Happ is expected to start against young righty Clarke Schmidt on Monday, and new ace Gerrit Cole — signed to a $324 million, nine-year free agent deal last winter — is set to pitch Tuesday.New York has also been working to schedule exhibition games in the next 2 1/2 weeks with other clubs, possibly the Mets, but nothing ha... [More]
Sun Jul 518:58King Félix opts out of MLB season, Doolittle on fenceJose Altuve2BAstrosLas Vegas Giants
Sócrates BritoRFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Blake CederlindFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPAthleticsFree Agent
Mike FiersSPBrewersFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesRotoValue
Joey Gallo3BRangersFree Agent
Ronald Guzmán1BRangersFree Agent
Jesús LuzardoFree Agent
Brett MartinFree Agent
Aaron NolaFree Agent
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
Christian YelichLFMarlinsFree Agent
Former Cy Young Award winner Félix Hernández has joined the list of major leaguers opting out of the 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, at least temporarily ending the 34-year-old’s bid to revive his career.Stars Christian Yelich of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jose Altuve of the Houston Astros said Sunday they plan to play the 60-game season scheduled to start later this month. Reliever Sean Doolittle, who helped Washington win the World Series last year, plans to play but says that if he feels uncomfortable, he’ll opt out. He also wondered if the United States has done enough to combat the pandemic to deserve a return to sports.As baseball prepares to start its season in less than three weeks while the coronavirus continues to ravage the U.S., there is growing unease in many clubhouses. Even Mike Trout's mother weighed in on Twitter, urging Americans to wear masks as the reigning AL MVP considers his options for the season.In Oakland, two projected members of the Athleti... [More]
Sun Jul 514:38Andrew Heaney tabbed to be Angels' opening day starterDylan BundySPOriolesFree Agent
Trevor CahillSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Griffin CanningFree Agent
Andrew HeaneyRPMarlinsFree Agent
Shohei OhtaniFree Agent
Albert Pujols1B/DHAngelsDodger Blue
Anthony Rendon2B/3BNationalsFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Left-hander Andrew Heaney is expected to make his first opening day start for the Los Angeles Angels.Manager Joe Maddon confirmed his choice Sunday before the Angels' third workout of summer camp. Los Angeles is expected to open the season July 24.The 29-year-old Heaney will be the Angels' fourth different opening day starter in four years. He went 4-6 last season with a 4.91 ERA and 118 strikeouts over 95 1/3 innings while missing time with injuries to his left elbow and shoulder.Heaney was the best friend of fellow starter Tyler Skaggs, who died a year ago on the night before a game in Texas.Heaney led the Angels last season with 18 starts, but their rotation was in shambles, ranking among the majors’ worst in many categories. The Angels became the second team in modern baseball history to have only one pitcher who logged than 100 innings — and that pitcher, opening day starter Trevor Cahill, was dropped from the rotation early in the season for ineffecti... [More]
Sun Jul 512:38Braves' Felix Hernandez opts out of season due to pandemic Mike FoltynewiczSPAstrosFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesRotoValue
Cole HamelsSPPhilliesBig Chee
Félix HernándezSPMarinersDodger Blue
Pete KozmaSSCardinalsFree Agent
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
Mike SorokaFree Agent
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
Bryse WilsonFree Agent
Kyle WrightFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Former Cy Young winner Félix Hernández has opted out of the 2020 season, at least temporarily ending his bid to revive his career with the Atlanta Braves.Braves manager Brian Snitker said Sunday that Hernández, 34, opted out due to the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was made after Hernández participated in workouts on Friday and Saturday at Truist Park.The decision came a day after Snitker announced that four-time All-Star first baseman Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two more Atlanta players tested positive for COVID-19. Right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma also had positive tests announced on Saturday.Snitker said Hernández may have realized “it is way, way different” now as players must deal with the concerns of trying to start the season during the pandemic.“Everybody told him it would be, but until you live it I don’t think you know it,” Snitker said. "As tests come in and outbreaks and things like that, I think... [More]
Sun Jul 511:08This Date in BaseballShane VictorinoRFRed SoxBig Poison
July 61929 — The St. Louis Cardinals scored 10 runs in the first and fifth innings in beating the Philadelphia Phillies, 28-6, in the second game of a doubleheader. The Cardinals had 28 hits and set an NL record with the 28 runs.1933 — The first major league All-Star game was played at Comiskey Park in Chicago. The AL, managed by Connie Mack, defeated the NL, managed by John McGraw, 4-2 on Babe Ruth’s two-run homer.1938 — Johnny Vander Meer, Bill Lee and Mace Brown combined to limit the AL to one run and seven hits as the NL won the All-Star game 4-1 at Cincinnati’s Crosley Field. Lefty Gomez of the New York Yankees suffered his first defeat in four All-Star starts.1942 — The AL beat the NL 3-1 in the All-Star game at the Polo Grounds on first-inning home runs by Lou Boudreau of the Cleveland Indians and Rudy York of the Detroit Tigers. York’s shot came with a man on base.1949 — Walker Cooper of Cincinnati went 6-for-7, including three home runs and drove in 10 runs, ag... [More]
Sun Jul 501:22Dodgers pitcher Price won't play this year because of virusMookie BettsCFRed SoxFree Agent
Ian DesmondSSNationalsOld Hoss
Mike LeakeSPRedsJetBlack
Buster Posey1B/CGiantsLas Vegas Giants
David PriceSPTigersBig Poison
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman3B/LFNationalsOld Hoss
Dodgers pitcher David Price will not play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, delaying his Los Angeles debut until next year.The five-time All-Star became the latest player to opt out, posting Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn’t participate in the 60-game season that’s scheduled to begin July 23.“After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” he said.Price’s announcement came a day after Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout said he wasn’t “comfortable” with the current climate and might not play. On Saturday, San Francisco catcher Buster Posey said “there’s still some reservation on my end” about playing.First baseman Ryan Zimmerman of the World Series champion Washington Nationals, Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond and Arizona pitcher Mike Leake are among those who have already said they’re out this ... [More]
Sat Jul 421:52D-backs' MadBum back on mound, tries to stay healthy in campMadison BumgarnerSPGiantsRotoValue
Stephen Vogt1B/CAthleticsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's new pitching addition Madison Bumgarner was having a little fun on the mound during his first summer workout on Saturday, dropping down sidearm and firing a fastball that buzzed catcher Stephen Vogt, who quickly spun out of harm's way.Both players were laughing. For a few moments, the carefree vibe of baseball was apparent.But just like everyone in baseball's delicate restart, the Diamondbacks are ramping up for a strange season while trying their best to stay healthy. The team previously revealed that three players on the 40-man roster had tested positive for COVID-19. Manager Torey Lovullo said Saturday another player on the 60-man roster tested positive. The team hasn't released any names of the affected players.“If you're not worried about your health, you're not taking care of yourself like you should and taking precautions like you should,” Bumgarner said. “It's going to be interesting. I'm just going to worry about what I can control right now.... [More]
Sat Jul 420:22Braves star Freeman, 3 others test positive for virus Charlie BlackmonCF/LF/RFRockiesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesRotoValue
Pete KozmaSSCardinalsFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFOriolesRotoValue
Mark MelanconRPPiratesBig Chee
Will SmithRPBrewersFree Agent
Touki ToussaintFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, premier reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus, a jarring hit to the NL East champions less than three weeks before the start of the pandemic-delayed season.“It will be a while before we can get him back,” manager Brian Snitker said Saturday about Freeman.Snitker said the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests.Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test early in the week before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.”Freeman's wife, Chelsea, posted on Twitter that he had “body aches, headaches, chills and a high fever.”“He is someone who literally never gets sick and this virus hit him like a ton of bricks,” she said."We've been really strict for the last 4 months," she wrote. “Haven't gone to a grocery... [More]
Sat Jul 420:03Brewers' Braun says he's now more likely to play beyond 2020Ryan BraunLF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Christian YelichLFMarlinsFree Agent
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Milwaukee Brewers veteran Ryan Braun said he's more likely to continue playing beyond 2020 because of the unusual circumstances of this pandemic-shortened season.Braun said in January that he was considering retiring after the season. He was more bullish on his baseball future Saturday as the Brewers held the first full-squad workout of their summer camp ahead of the 60-game season that starts later this month.“I feel like it’s more likely that I play another year than I anticipated a few months back,” Braun said.Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, is entering the final season of a five-year, $105 million contract and will turn 37 in November.Those circumstances help explain why Braun was uncertain in January about whether he would play in 2021.“I don’t take for granted this could be my last year playing baseball,” Braun said at the time. “Obviously, there’s a sense of urgency every year, but for me, knowing that this could be my last chance ever, it’s somethin... [More]
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