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Tue Jun 1818:57White Sox plan to extend netting at Guaranteed Rate FieldAlbert Almora Jr.CF/PHCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox plan to extend the protective netting all the way to the foul poles at Guaranteed Rate Field, becoming the first major league team to take such a step in the wake of a couple of high-profile fan injuries.The White Sox and Illinois Sports Facilities Authority, which owns the ballpark, are hoping to complete the project this summer. They say they will announce more details at a later date.Following recommendations from Major League Baseball, by the start of the 2018 season all 30 teams had expanded their protective netting to at least the far ends of the dugouts after several fans were injured by foul balls in 2017.But a liner off the bat of Chicago Cubs outfielder Albert Almora Jr. struck a young girl in Houston in May, and a woman was hit by a foul ball from White Sox outfielder Eloy Jiménez in Chicago on June 10. Each of the incidents occurred in the stands beyond the dugout on the third base side.The Chicago Sun-Times was the first to report on the plans for Guaranteed Rate Field.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1818:47Nationals' Scherzer hit in face during bunting drillMax ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Max Scherzer took a ball off the face during a bunting drill on Tuesday.Manager Dave Martinez said before the Nationals faced the Phillies that he hadn't yet gotten a chance to check on Scherzer.The three-time Cy Young Award winner is still scheduled to start one of the two games of Washington's day-night doubleheader against Philadelphia on Wednesday. Scherzer is 5-5 with a 2.81 ERA.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1818:47Yankees welcome back injured slugger Giancarlo StantonStarlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Edwin Encarnación1B/DHMarinersFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
Luke Voit1B/PHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Yankees outfielder Giancarlo Stanton returned from the injured list and was in the lineup for Tuesday night's scheduled game against division rival Tampa Bay.The 2017 National League MVP was to bat fifth and play right field. Stanton last appeared in a big league game on March 31, landing on the injured list a day later with a strained left biceps that later led to shoulder complications."It's been a long time. It feels longer than it has been for me," Stanton said. "The boys have been fun to watch while I've been gone, so it's going to be good to fall in and battle with them."The 29-year-old star began a short-lived rehab assignment in mid-May before a sore left calf landed him right back on the shelf."Once I was ready I started taking at-bats. First extended spring training, then I got hit in the knee and that set me back," Stanton said. "I probably should have took some more time than I did, and that set me back because my knee was unstable and my calf str... [More]
Tue Jun 1818:37Mets place RHP Familia on DL, ship RHP Gagnon to minorsJeurys FamiliaRPMetsFree Agent
Drew GagnonSPMetsFree Agent
Daniel ZamoraRPMetsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The slumping New York Mets have placed pitcher Jeurys Familia on the 10-day injured list and optioned pitcher Drew Gagnon to Triple-A Syracuse.Familia went on the IL Tuesday with a bone spur in his right shoulder, one day after giving up three runs while recording only one out in a 12-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves. Gagnon followed Familia to the mound and didn't fare much better, surrendering four runs on five hits and three walks in 1 1/3 innings.Gagnon departed for the minors with a 7.65 ERA in 15 games. Familia has a 7.81 ERA in 29 appearances out of New York's dismal bullpen.The Mets selected the contract of right-hander Stephen Nogosek from Triple-A and recalled lefty Daniel Zamora from Syracuse. The moves were announced before the second of three games against the first-place Braves.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1815:37Rangers will retire Michael Young's No. 10 jersey in AugustAdrián Béltre3B/DHRangersFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers will retire former infielder Michael Young's No. 10 jersey number later this season.Young will be the fifth Ranger to have his number retired by the club, and the second this season.Texas announced the honor for Young on Tuesday, only 10 days after former third baseman Adrian Beltre's No. 29 number was retired. Young's ceremony will be Aug. 31 before a game against Seattle.Young is the franchise's career leader with 1,823 games played. He also holds team records with his 2,230 hits, 1,085 runs scored, 415 doubles and 55 triples. He played his first 13 major league seasons (2000-12) in Texas, then split 2013 between Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Dodgers before retiring after that season.He started at all four infield positions for Texas, and was a Gold Glove shortstop in 2008.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1814:27White Sox bring up C Collins from Triple-A CharlotteWelington CastilloCWhite SoxFree Agent
Zack CollinsCWhite SoxFree Agent
Jace FryRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Thyago VieiraRPWhite SoxFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have brought up catching prospect Zack Collins from Triple-A Charlotte and placed Welington Castillo on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique.The White Sox also reinstated Jace Fry from the IL before Tuesday night's game against the crosstown Cubs. The reliever had been sidelined by left shoulder soreness.The 24-year-old Collins was selected by Chicago with the 10th pick in the 2016 amateur draft out of the University of Miami. He hit .250 with nine homers and 39 RBIs for Charlotte.Collins also can play first base and is highly regarded for his discipline at the plate. He ranked among the International League leaders with 36 walks in 50 games with the Knights.The White Sox optioned reliever Thyago Vieira to Charlotte on Sunday to make room for Fry, who is 1-2 with a 5.79 ERA in 28 appearances this year.The 32-year-old Castillo departed in the fourth inning of Sunday's 10-3 loss to the Yankees. He is batting .196 with five homers in 34 games.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1803:12LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Yanks, Machado appeals banNick HundleyC/PHGiantsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Eric LauerSPPadresFree Agent
Joey LucchesiSPPadresFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:STANTON RETURNSYankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list for a game against the Rays. Stanton has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, but seemed ready for a return during a minor league rehab start with four homers in five games. Stanton re-joins a stacked lineup that just added DH Edwin Encarnación via trade, and star Aaron Judge is expected to return from a left oblique strain in the next few days, as well.NO TOUCHYPadres star Manny Machado has denied making contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he will appeal his one-game suspension and fine. MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke. Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe." The 26-year-old Machado is batting .261 with 13 home runs and ... [More]
Tue Jun 1800:32Giants' Sandoval leaves game after hand stepped onTyler Austin1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Max Muncy1B/3B/PHDodgersFree Agent
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Giants first baseman Pablo Sandoval has left San Francisco's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers after a baserunner stepped on his right hand.Sandoval was hurt during the final out of the fifth inning Monday night. Max Muncy was trying to beat the throw from shortstop to first when his right foot landed on Sandoval's hand as the first baseman lay on the ground.There was no immediate word on Sandoval's exact injury, although it appeared in photographs by The Associated Press that his right pinky was sliced and bloodied. He was due up leading off the sixth but was replaced by pinch-hitter Tyler Austin.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Tue Jun 1800:22LEADING OFF: Stanton returns to Yanks, Machado appeals banNick HundleyC/PHGiantsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Eric LauerSPPadresFree Agent
Joey LucchesiSPPadresFree Agent
Manny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
Chris PaddackSPPadresFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:STANTON RETURNSYankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton is set to come off the injured list for a game against the Rays. Stanton has been sidelined since March 31 with biceps, shoulder and calf injuries, but seemed ready for a return during a minor league rehab start with four homers in five games. Stanton re-joins a stacked lineup that just added DH Edwin Encarnación via trade, and star Aaron Judge is expected to return from a left oblique strain in the next few days, as well.NO TOUCHYPadres star Manny Machado has denied making contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he will appeal his one-game suspension and fine. MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke. Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe." The 26-year-old Machado is batting .261 with 13 home runs an... [More]
Mon Jun 1723:32Nick Hundley's care for ailing boy leads to lasting bondNick HundleyC/PHGiantsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five years ago, veteran big leaguer Nick Hundley visited Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and met a boy named Zach Sprader. Hundley, then with the San Diego Padres, sought to give the young baseball fan a lift during his fight against leukemia. Little did Hundley know a lasting friendship with a family would come of it.A couple of weeks after his charitable visit with Athletes for Hope, Hundley was traded to Baltimore. Two weeks after that, he returned to Milwaukee with the Orioles for a series against the Brewers, and that gave him a chance to visit the teen again. Hundley vowed to stay in touch with the family, which saw Hundley play in Baltimore later that season."I took him around, hung out in the clubhouse," Hundley said. "It was awesome.""The two of them became fast friends," Zach's mother, Lisa Kukec, recalled Monday at the Oakland Coliseum. "We stayed connected, and when we were on Zach's Make-A-Wish to the East Coast, we were able to see Nick at Camden... [More]
Mon Jun 1723:13Nick Hundley's care for ailing boy leads to lasting bondNick HundleyC/PHGiantsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Five years ago, veteran big leaguer Nick Hundley visited Children's Hospital of Wisconsin and met a boy named Zach Kukec. Hundley, then with the San Diego Padres, sought to give the young baseball fan a lift during his fight against leukemia. Little did Hundley know a lasting friendship with a family would come of it.A couple of weeks after his charitable visit with Athletes for Hope, Hundley was traded to Baltimore. Two weeks after that, he returned to Milwaukee with the Orioles for a series against the Brewers, and that gave him a chance to visit the teen again. Hundley vowed to stay in touch with the Kukecs, and the family saw Hundley play in Baltimore later that season."I took him around, hung out in the clubhouse," Hundley said. "It was awesome.""The two of them became fast friends," Zach's mother, Lisa, recalled Monday at the Oakland Coliseum. "We stayed connected, and when we were on Zach's Make-A-Wish to the East Coast, we were able to see Nick at Camde... [More]
Mon Jun 1723:13Encarnación makes Yankees debut, surprised by deal to NYYonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Encarnación went from last place in the AL West to first in the AL East.Naturally, he was pretty excited about it.The veteran slugger was hitless during his Yankees debut Monday night against Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. But he received a warm ovation from the crowd of 39,042 and New York won 3-0 to move 1½ games ahead of the Rays."He could have picked somewhere else. I'd have been fine with it," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash joked before the game.Batting fifth as the designated hitter, Encarnación went 0 for 4 in pinstripes. He struck out swinging on the 10th pitch of his first at-bat in the second inning against Yonny Chirinos."I saw a lot of pitches. I feel good. I'm just missing a couple of pitches that I know I can hit," Encarnación said. "It's part of the game. I'll get them tomorrow."Acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night, Encarnación joined the Yankees on Monday and began the day leading the American League with 21 ho... [More]
Mon Jun 1722:42Rainout postpones Harper's latest return to WashingtonJake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Jerad EickhoffSPPhilliesFree Agent
Phil Gosselin2BBravesFree Agent
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Roman QuinnCF/LFPhilliesFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Nick WilliamsPH/RFPhilliesFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bryce Harper's latest chance to play in his old ballpark will have to wait a day.The Philadelphia Phillies' game at the Washington Nationals was postponed because of rain. The start of Monday's game was delayed for nearly three hours before a decision was made to call it entirely.The game will be made up at 1:05 p.m. Wednesday, as part of a day-night doubleheader.It is the Phillies' second trip to Washington since Harper agreed a 13-year, $330 million contract in March. He was 5 for 7, including a home run, in two games at Nationals Park in early April.After a fast start, Harper's batting average fell to .219 on May 14. He's rebounded and arrived in Washington with a .247 average, 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He has at least one hit in nine of his last 11 games."Over the last couple of days, he's looked as good as he's looked," Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. "I actually think he started off really well, then he struggled for a while and now he's been on a slow traject... [More]
Mon Jun 1722:22Padres' Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game banManny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
John Ryan MurphyC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine."I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we'll see what happens," Machado said before Monday night's game with Milwaukee.MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke.Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it."You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it."The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by Welke in the fifth inning Saturday night... [More]
Mon Jun 1722:12Padres' Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game banManny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
John Ryan MurphyC/PHDiamondbacksFree Agent
Fernando Tatis Jr.SSPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made 2contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine."I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we'll see what happens," Machado said before Monday night's game with Milwaukee.MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke.Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it."You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it."The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by Welke in the fifth inning Saturday nigh... [More]
Mon Jun 1721:02Encarnación makes Yankees debut, surprised by deal to NYYonny ChirinosSPRaysFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Edwin Encarnación went from last place in the AL West to first in the AL East.Naturally, he was pretty excited about it.The veteran slugger received a warm ovation from fans when he made his Yankees debut at home Monday night against Tampa Bay in the opener of a three-game series. New York entered with a half-game lead in the division over the Rays."He could have picked somewhere else. I'd have been fine with it," Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said, drawing laughs.Batting fifth as the designated hitter, Encarnación struck out swinging on the 10th pitch of his first at-bat in the second inning against Yonny Chirinos.Acquired from Seattle in a trade late Saturday night, Encarnación joined the Yankees on Monday and began the day leading the American League with 21 home runs. He said he expected to be shipped off by the payroll-paring Mariners, but didn't think he'd wind up in New York. When he got the news, he was surprised and happy to be sent to a first-place team."I... [More]
Mon Jun 1720:22Padres' Machado denies bumping umpire, to appeal 1-game banManny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado denied he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke after being ejected for arguing a called third strike Saturday night and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine."I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we'll see what happens," Machado said before Monday night's game with Milwaukee.MLB said the punishment, imposed by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre, was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke.Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it."You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it."The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by Welke in the fifth inning Saturday night... [More]
Mon Jun 1720:02Bishop back in Mariners clubhouse after spleen surgeryBraden BishopCFMarinersFree Agent
Ryon Healy1B/3B/DHMarinersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — Braden Bishop was back in the Seattle Mariners clubhouse for the first time in a couple of weeks on Monday, a few pounds lighter but feeling significantly better.The last time Bishop was around his teammates he was a matter of hours away from discovering he had suffered a lacerated spleen, was bleeding into his abdomen and about to be rushed into surgery."I think anything was going to be better than what I was feeling. It was something I would not wish upon anybody," Bishop said.It's still several weeks, potentially up to a couple of months, before Bishop will be back on the field for the Mariners. He hasn't been cleared for any activity beyond walking. But any activity is better than the pain and discomfort of a couple weeks ago.Bishop started in center field for the Mariners on June 4 after being recalled from Triple-A Tacoma. He played four innings before realizing something was wrong and leaving the game. It was initially thought Bishop had a neck injury but doctor... [More]
Mon Jun 1719:42Banged-up Rangers OF: Pence joins Gallo on IL, Mazara outWillie CalhounLFRangersFree Agent
Joey Gallo1B/3B/LFRangersFree Agent
Nomar MazaraLF/RFRangersFree Agent
Hunter PenceLF/PH/RFGiantsFree Agent
Danny SantanaCF/LF/PHBravesFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers are juggling their banged-up outfielders, with Hunter Pence the latest to go on the injured list.Pence was placed on the 10-day injured list Monday, a day after he sustained a right groin strain in a loss at Cincinnati.While Pence joined slugging outfielder Joey Gallo on the injured list, the Rangers activated outfielder Willie Calhoun from the list. Calhoun played in the series opener against Cleveland for his first action since a left quad strain May 21.Gallo has been out since June 2 with a left oblique strain. The Rangers home run leader, with 17, worked out in Texas after a scheduled flight to Arizona was cancelled. He is scheduled to the team's spring training complex in Arizona on Tuesday to continue his rehab.Pence got hurt Sunday when playing right field in place of Nomar Mazara, who was out of the lineup for the second game in a row Monday because of right hamstring tightness.The 36-year-old Pence has had quite a comeback season in ... [More]
Mon Jun 1719:32Padres' Machado suspended 1 game, fined after ejectionManny Machado3B/SSDodgersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — San Diego Padres star Manny Machado has been suspended one game and fined for making contact with an umpire who ejected him over the weekend for arguing called strikes.Machado is appealing the penalty imposed Monday by Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre. Machado can continue to play until there's a final ruling; the Padres play Milwaukee on Monday night.The third baseman had two hits and scored twice before being ejected by plate umpire Bill Welke in the fifth inning Saturday night in Denver after a called third strike. MLB said the punishment was for "aggressively arguing and making contact" with Welke.The 26-year-old Machado is batting .261 with 13 home runs and 39 RBIs for the Padres after signing a $300 million, 10-year contract in spring training.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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