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Mon Jul 1516:00Mets' Wheeler on injured list with shoulder fatigueSteven MatzRPMetsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler has been placed on the 10-day injured list because of shoulder fatigue, which could complicate efforts by the out-of-contention team to trade the right-hander before the July 31 deadline.New York made the move retroactive to Friday, and Wheeler will be eligible to be activated July 22.Wheeler last started July 7 and the Mets said Monday the injury was discovered following the All-Star break. Steven Matz will replace Wheeler for Tuesday's series opener at Minnesota.Wheeler is 6-6 with a 4.69 ERA in 19 starts this season, striking out 130 and walking 34 in 119 innings. The 29-year-old, 39-36 in five big league seasons, is eligible for free agency after the World Series.New York (42-51) won two of three at Miami last weekend in a matchup of the teams with the two poorest records in the National League.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jul 1516:00Tigers buy Triple-A contract of pitcher Trevor RosenthalTrevor RosenthalRPCardinalsFree Agent
Gregory SotoFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have bought the contract of pitcher Trevor Rosenthal from Triple-A Toledo.The right-hander was released by the Washington Nationals last month after going 0-1 with a 22.74 ERA in 12 appearances. He allowed 16 earned runs and eight hits with 15 walks in 6 1/3 innings.Rosenthal missed all of last season because of elbow surgery and signed with Washington in November.Detroit signed Rosenthal to a minor league contract June 29. He had no record in six games at Toledo, allowing six runs and eight hits in 5 1/3 innings.Rosenthal made the NL All-Star team in 2015 when he saved 48 games for St. Louis. He had 45 saves in 2014.The Tigers optioned left-hander Gregory Soto to Toledo.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Jul 1502:20LEADING OFF: Snell seeks Bronx rebound, Trout gets MRIClayton KershawSPDodgersOld Hoss
Max Muncy1BAthleticsFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Ryne StanekFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:BOUNCE-BACK BLAKE?A day after the Rays came within an inning of baseball's first ever combined perfect game, ace lefty Blake Snell (5-7, 4.70) faces the first-place Yankees in the Bronx. Snell's last visit was a historical flop. He became the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to allow six runs and get no more than one out in a start. Snell has adjusted and improved since, even pitching five innings of one-run ball in a home start against New York before the All-Star break. The Rays may go back to the opener Tuesday after the strategy nearly led to perfection Sunday, when Ryan Yarbrough took over from Ryne Stanek in the third inning and went unblemished until Baltimore's Hanser Alberto grounded a leadoff single in the ninth.TESTING TROUTAngels star Mike Trout will have an MRI a day after leaving a game with right calf tightness. Los Angeles doesn't believe the injury is serious, and Trout said he wanted to continue playing Sunday but... [More]
Mon Jul 1501:20LEADING OFF: Snell seeks Bronx rebound, Trout gets MRIClayton KershawSPDodgersOld Hoss
Max Muncy1BAthleticsFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Ryne StanekFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
Alex VerdugoFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:BOUNCE-BACK BLAKE?A day after the Rays came within an inning of baseball's first ever combined perfect game, ace lefty Blake Snell (5-7, 4.70) faces the first-place Yankees in the Bronx. Snell's last visit was a historical flop. He became the first reigning Cy Young Award winner to allow six runs and get no more than one out in a start. Snell has adjusted and improved since, even pitching five innings of one-run ball in a home start against New York before the All-Star break. The Rays may go back to the opener Tuesday after the strategy nearly led to perfection Sunday, when Ryan Yarbrough took over from Ryne Stanek in the third inning and went unblemished until Baltimore's Hanser Alberto grounded a leadoff single in the ninth.TESTING TROUTAngels star Mike Trout will have an MRI a day after leaving a game with right calf tightness. Los Angeles doesn't believe the injury is serious, and Trout said he wanted to continue playing Sunday but... [More]
Sun Jul 1418:10Red Sox place Wright on IL, add Cashner to active rosterAndrew CashnerSPPadresThe Seals Guys
Max Muncy1BAthleticsFree Agent
Steven WrightRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Red Sox have placed knuckleballer Steven Wright on the 10-day injured list with a bruised right foot a day after he was hit with a line drive by Dodgers infielder Max Muncy.The move was made before Sunday night's series finale against Los Angeles at Fenway Park.With Wright being placed on the IL, Boston added right-hander Andrew Cashner to the active roster.The Red Sox acquired the 32-year-old Cashner from Baltimore on Saturday for two minor leaguers. He's expected to make his first start for Boston on Tuesday in Fenway against Toronto.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1417:50Mike Trout exits Angels game early with right calf tightnessKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
David FletcherFree Agent
Yusei KikuchiFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Mike Trout has been pulled from the Los Angeles Angels' game against Seattle due to right calf tightness.The two-time AL MVP left before the start of the third inning, interrupting his incredible recent success at the plate.Trout lined out to first in his only plate appearance against Yusei Kikuchi. The outfielder didn't emerge from the dugout to start the third, with Kole Calhoun moving over from right field to center and David Fletcher moving from shortstop to right.Starting before the All-Star break, Trout was on an offensive tear even by his lofty standards. He had eight homers and 18 RBIs in his previous seven games, becoming just the sixth player in AL history to reach those totals in a seven-game span.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1416:40Angels-Rangers DH set for makeup of game when Skaggs diedTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels will play a day-night doubleheader in their return to Texas next month to make up the game that was postponed after the death of pitcher Tyler Skaggs.The Rangers announced Sunday that the makeup game will be a day game Aug. 20. That will be before the previously scheduled game that night.After Skaggs was found unresponsive in his Texas hotel room on July 1, the scheduled opener of what was supposed to be a four-game series was postponed. The other three games were played, with the Angels winning the first two before Texas won the July 4 game that Skaggs had been set to start.Los Angeles played its first home games this weekend since Skaggs passed away.The Angels make their last scheduled trip to Globe Life Field from Aug. 19-21. The split doubleheader with the makeup game will come on the middle day of what was to be a three-game series.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1416:10Royals trade right-hander Bailey to A's for prospectHomer BaileySPRedsMoneyball
Jharel CottonFree Agent
Brian FlynnSPMarlinsFree Agent
Matt KempCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Sean ManaeaFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
Frankie MontasFree Agent
Yasiel PuigCF/RFDodgersMoneyball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals traded Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Kevin Merrell on Sunday after scratching the veteran right-hander about 45 minutes before his scheduled start of their series finale against Detroit.The 33-year-old Bailey has rebounded this season with the Royals after signing a minor league deal in February. He is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA, but he's been especially good over his past seven starts, giving the A's some additional help as they seek a playoff run in the second half.The A's began the day six back in the AL West and just ahead of Cleveland for a wild-card spot."We're trying to get incrementally better wherever we can," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said "Before he got hurt obviously was an electric arm and it seems like he's coming back to form at this point. I think it makes our rotation better and that's the objective."Bailey joins a rotation that has been battered by numerous injuries and a suspension to nine-... [More]
Sun Jul 1415:50Royals trade right-hander Bailey to A's for prospectHomer BaileySPRedsMoneyball
Lucas Duda1B/LFMetsFree Agent
Brian FlynnSPMarlinsFree Agent
Matt KempCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Ian KennedySPPadresFree Agent
Yasiel PuigCF/RFDodgersMoneyball
Jorge SolerRFCubsFree Agent
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals traded Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Kevin Merrell on Sunday after scratching the veteran right-hander about 45 minutes before his scheduled start of their series finale against Detroit.The 33-year-old Bailey has rebounded this season with the Royals after signing a minor league deal in February. He is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA, but he's been especially good over his past seven starts, giving the A's some additional help as they seek a playoff run in the second half.The A's began the day six back in the AL West and just ahead of Cleveland for a wild-card spot."Homer did a tremendous job of fitting in and doing what he needed to do to become a more consistent pitcher again," Royals general manager Dayton Moore said. "This is a good baseball deal for everybody."The rebuilding Royals signed Bailey with the intention of flipping him ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, and he is almost certainly the start of seve... [More]
Sun Jul 1415:50Rays lose bid for combined perfect game on hit in 9thTyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Ryne StanekFree Agent
Ryan YarbroughFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays' bid for the first combined perfect game in major league history has ended with a leadoff single in the ninth inning by Baltimore's Hanser Alberto.The hit off reliever Ryan Yarbrough came Sunday at Camden Yards. Alberto hit an easy grounder to the right side, through the Rays' overshifted infield.Tampa Bay's try came two days after a pair of Los Angeles Angels pitchers teamed up for a no-hitter while wearing the jerseys of late teammate Tyler Skaggs.Rays right-hander Ryne Stanek pitched the first two innings before Yarbrough took over.Recalled from Triple-A Durham before the game, Yarbrough retired 18 straight batters before Alberto's hit.The Rays have had only one no-hitter in franchise history, by Matt Garza against the Detroit Tigers on July 26, 2010.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1415:00Royals trade right-hander Bailey to A's for prospectHomer BaileySPRedsMoneyball
Brian FlynnSPMarlinsFree Agent
Matt KempCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Whit Merrifield2BRoyalsFree Agent
Yasiel PuigCF/RFDodgersMoneyball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals traded Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Kevin Merrell on Sunday after scratching the veteran right-hander about 45 minutes before his scheduled start of their series finale against Detroit.The 33-year-old Bailey has rebounded this season with the Royals after signing a minor league deal in February. He is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA, but he's been especially good over his past seven starts, giving the A's some additional help as they seek a playoff run in the second half.The A's began the day six back in the AL West and just ahead of Cleveland for a wild-card spot.The rebuilding Royals signed Bailey with the intention of flipping him ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, and he is almost certainly the start of several transactions.Royals general manager Dayton Moore has made it known that only a select few players, such as infielders Whit Merrifield and Adalberto Mondesi, are unavailable as contenders begin to come... [More]
Sun Jul 1414:30Royals trade right-hander Homer Bailey to A'sHomer BaileySPRedsMoneyball
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Royals are sending Homer Bailey to the Oakland Athletics after scratching the veteran right-hander about 45 minutes before his scheduled start Sunday against Detroit.In return, Kansas City is getting minor league infielder Kevin Merrell. He's been playing at Double-A Midland and will report to the Royals' affiliate at Northwest Arkansas.The 33-year-old Bailey has rebounded this season with the Royals after signing a minor league deal in February. He is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA, but he's been especially good over his past seven starts, giving the A's some additional help as they seek a playoff run in the second half.They began the day six games back in the AL West, but a half-game ahead of Cleveland for the second wild-card berth.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1404:40Former Cleveland outfielder Martin signs with Lotte MarinesLeonys MartinCF/RFRangersRotoValue
TOKYO (AP) — Former Cleveland Indians outfielder Leonys Martin has signed a one-year deal with the Chiba Lotte Marines of Japan's Pacific League.Martín, who overcame a life-threatening bacterial infection last summer, was designated for assignment last month by the Indians. He was batting .199 with nine home runs and 19 RBIs in 65 games.Cleveland acquired Martín from the Detroit Tigers at the trade deadline last season, but he played only six games before becoming ill and being hospitalized."It's an honor to be given this chance by the Marines," Martin said in a statement issued by the team. "I'll do everything I can in order to be the best player and teammate that I can become."The 31-year-old Cuban player made his MLB debut with the Texas Rangers in 2011 and also played for the Seattle Mariners, Chicago Cubs and Detroit.Martin recorded more than 30 steals in the 2013 and 2014 seasons with the Rangers, and hit a career-high 15 home runs with the Mariners in 2016.In 770 major league games over nine seasons, he had a .244 batting average with 58 home runs, 228 RBIs and 126 stolen bases.____More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun Jul 1400:10Red Sox get RHP Cashner from Orioles for 2 minor leaguersAndrew CashnerSPPadresThe Seals Guys
Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxLas Vegas Giants
BALTIMORE (AP) — Locked in a desperate push to get back into the playoffs, the Boston Red Sox had no intention of waiting until the end of the month to upgrade their starting rotation.Getting a jump on the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox obtained burly right-hander Andrew Cashner from the Baltimore Orioles for two 17-year-old prospects."He's been throwing the ball well. He's a veteran," Boston manager Alex Cora said after the Red Sox lost 11-2 to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday night. "He's been pitching well against some tough competition and we won't change too much."The deal was announced after Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.Cashner is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors. He has gone at least six innings in his last five starts and has a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of June."He'll be here (Sunday) and start on Tuesday," Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said.Better sooner than l... [More]
Sat Jul 1320:40Twins' Kepler homers in 5 straight at-bats vs Indians' BauerTrevor BauerSPIndiansFree Agent
Jake CaveLFYankeesFree Agent
Max KeplerLFTwinsFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — Max Kepler has Trevor Bauer's number.Kepler connected for home runs his first two times up Saturday night against Cleveland's hard-throwing starter, giving the Minnesota outfielder five homers in his last five at-bats against the right-hander.Kepler homered three times off Bauer in Minnesota's win on June 6 while also drawing a walk.He made it four homers in four straight at-bats with a leadoff shot, then connected in the second inning, one batter after rookie Jake Cave homered off Bauer.Bauer finally got the best of Kepler in the fourth, striking him out but only after he hit a deep foul ball into the upper deck in right.According to Elias, Kepler matched the longest streak in the expansion era for homers in consecutive at-bats against one pitcher. Carlos Delgado did it against Jorge Sosa (2003-04) and Frank Howard connected against Bob Hendley (1963-64).Kepler has 13 career homers against the Indians, 11 at Progressive Field.He also had three-homer game in Cleveland as a rookie in 2016.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Jul 1319:09Red Sox get RHP Cashner from Orioles for 2 minor leaguersAndrew CashnerSPPadresThe Seals Guys
Nathan EovaldiSPMarlinsFree Agent
David OrtizDHRed SoxLas Vegas Giants
BALTIMORE (AP) — Locked in a desperate push to get back into the playoffs, the Boston Red Sox had no intention of waiting until the end of the month to upgrade their starting rotation.Getting a jump on the July 31 trade deadline, the Red Sox obtained burly right-hander Andrew Cashner from the Baltimore Orioles for two 17-year-old prospects.The deal was announced Saturday after Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader.Cashner is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors. He has gone at least six innings in his last five starts and has a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of June."He'll be here (Sunday) and start on Tuesday," Red Sox general manager Dave Dombrowski said.Better sooner than later."We just felt that this makes sense for us, to get him right into the rotation," Dombrowski said. "He's excited to be here, excited to pitch, excited to join the club and be part of the pennant race."The 32-year-old Cashner goes... [More]
Sat Jul 1318:10Red Sox get RHP Cashner from Orioles for 2 minor leaguersAndrew CashnerSPPadresThe Seals Guys
BALTIMORE (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have upgraded their starting rotation by obtaining right-hander Andrew Cashner in a trade with the Baltimore Orioles.The deal was announced Saturday after Baltimore beat Tampa Bay 2-1 in the first game of a day-night doubleheader. The Red Sox also got cash while sending a pair of 17-year-old prospects to the Orioles.Cashner is 9-3 with a 3.83 ERA in 17 starts for the team with the worst record in the majors. He has gone at least six innings in his last five starts and has a 1.41 ERA since the beginning of June.The 32-year-old Cashner goes from the rebuilding Orioles to the defending World Series champion Red Sox, who are striving to get back into the postseason after getting off to a poor start. Boston began the day far back of AL East-leading New York but in the thick of the wild-card race.The trade came less than three weeks before the July 31 trade deadlineCashner is in the final season of a two-year, $16 million contract. He has a lifetime record of 55-82 with a 4.00 ERA.Baltimore agreed to send Boston $1,777,839 to cover all but $1,577,000 of the $3,354,839 Cashner is due from his $8 million salary this year. Baltimore also agreed to make contingent payments on some of Cashner's performance bonuses if he should achieve them.The Orioles received infielder Noelberth Romero and outfielder Elio Prado.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat Jul 1316:09Former All-Star Kemp released by Mets after stint in minorsMatt KempCF/LF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Yasiel PuigCF/RFDodgersMoneyball
MIAMI (AP) — Former three-time All-Star outfielder Matt Kemp has been released by the New York Mets.Kemp signed a minor league contract with the Mets on May 24 and played in eight games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .235 with one home run and three RBIs."We're going to exhaust every effort we can to find the best players we can and we've got a couple of veteran guys we have tried out, some work, some don't," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said.The 34-year-old Kemp made the NL All-Star team last season in his second stint with the Los Angeles Dodgers, finishing with a .290 batting average, 21 home runs and 85 RBIs.He was traded to Cincinnati in the offseason as part of a deal with Yasiel Puig and appeared in 20 games for the Reds this season, hitting .200 with one home run and five RBIs before sustaining a broken rib after colliding into the outfield wall during a game in San Diego on April 21."I like Matt," said Miami Marlins manager Don Mattingly, who was Kemp's manager for four seas... [More]
Sat Jul 1303:19Angels honor Skaggs with emotional no-hit masterpieceKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Taylor ColeFree Agent
Zack CozartSSRedsTexas BigSticks
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels all wore Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys as they stood solemnly on the field while his mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly perfect strike with her first pitch.Three incredible hours later, the Angels walked back onto the Angel Stadium field, some with tears in their eyes. One by one, they removed those No. 45 jerseys and spread them over the mound until nearly all of the dirt was covered in red.In between those two melancholy, magical moments, the Angels played their heavy hearts out in their first home game since their beloved pitcher's death.Their 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday was a combined no-hitter by Taylor Cole and Félix Peña. Mike Trout contributed six RBIs, including a 454-foot homer on the first pitch he saw.On the day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday, these astonishing Angels played a practically perfect game with his memory in their minds."Tonight was in honor of him," Trout said. "He... [More]
Sat Jul 1302:29Angels do the improbable with Skaggs on their mindsKole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Taylor ColeFree Agent
Zack CozartSSRedsTexas BigSticks
Andrew HeaneyRPMarlinsFree Agent
Mike LeakeSPRedsJetBlack
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCF/LFAngelsSportsWiseGuy.com
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels all put on Tyler Skaggs' No. 45 jerseys and stood solemnly on the field while his mother, Debbie, delivered a heartbreakingly perfect strike on the first pitch.The Angels then proceeded to play their heavy hearts out in their first home game since their beloved pitcher's death.Two Angels pitchers combined to throw the 11th no-hitter in franchise history, and Mike Trout drove in six runs in a stunning 13-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.On the day before what would have been Skaggs' 28th birthday, these astonishing Angels played a practically perfect game with his memory in their minds."Tonight was in honor of him," Trout said. "He was definitely looking over us tonight. He's probably up there saying we're nasty. What an unbelievable game to be a part of. I'm speechless. This is the best way possible to honor him tonight. It was pretty crazy."This tribute ended up exceeding all logic and expectation. Still reeling from t... [More]
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