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Mon May 2002:58Astros on a tear despite absence of AltuveJose Altuve2BAstrosThe Empire
Shane BieberRP/SPIndiansTeam Sapinski
Michael BrantleyLFAstrosTeam Joker
Alex Bregman3B/SSAstrosTeam Erik
Kris Bryant3B/RFCubsFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosTeam Erik
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosThe Empire
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosObi-Wan
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Jake MarisnickCFAstrosObi-Wan
Ryan PresslyRPAstrosFree Agent
Josh ReddickLF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosObi-Wan
Take away George Springer and Jose Altuve, and maybe the Houston Astros start to look a little more beatable.Maybe.The Boston Red Sox finally snapped Houston's 10-game winning streak Sunday with a 4-3 victory after Springer left the game with lower back stiffness. The Astros were already playing without Altuve, on the injured list with a strained left hamstring, but that injury did little to slow Houston. Even after Sunday's loss, the Astros have the best record and best run differential in the major leagues. They lead the AL West by 8 ½ games.Altuve hasn't played since May 10, so Houston's recent torrid stretch took place largely without him. That's a scary thought for the rest of the American League. In their first four games without their star second baseman, the Astros scored 45 runs against the Rangers and Tigers."Our guys are seeing the ball really well and making it tough on them," Houston manager AJ Hinch said while the Astros were in Detroit. "Driving the pitch counts through... [More]
Mon May 2002:18LEADING OFF: Callaway future, Guerrero surge, Springer outJake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsTeam Sapinski
A look at what's happening around the majors today:MANAGING EXPECTATIONSMets manager Mickey Callaway is on the hot seat as his slumping team returns home to play NL East rival Washington. New York (20-25) has lost five straight and was swept in three games at lowly Miami over the weekend, totaling only three hits in consecutive shutouts. The listless Mets are 11-21 in their last 32 games. "I respect the hell out of Mickey," pitcher Noah Syndergaard said. "It's certainly not on him."VLAD AND VICTORIABig-hitting rookie Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and the Toronto Blue Jays host Boston in an afternoon game on Victoria Day. The 20-year-old Guerrero has homered four times in his last six games — he didn't homer in the first 13 games after making his debut in late April.Red Sox lefty David Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) is scheduled to come off the injured list and start. He has been sidelined with elbow tendinitis since May 3.ASTRO OUTAL home run leader George Springer has stiffness in his lower back and... [More]
Sun May 1923:12Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros' 10-game win streakChance AdamsRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Albert Almora Jr.CF/PHCubsFree Agent
Harrison BaderCF/PH/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Josh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/CF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxObi-Wan
Shane BieberRP/SPIndiansTeam Sapinski
Charlie BlackmonCFRockiesFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxThe Empire
Steven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Willie CalhounLFRangersFree Agent
Michael Chavis3BRed SoxFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDH/LF/RFRangersDark Angel
Steve CishekRPCubsFree Agent
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosObi-Wan
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Paul DeJongSSCardinalsFree Agent
Derek Dietrich1B/LF/PHMarlinsFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1B/3BRoyalsTeam Sapinski
Danny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Mike DunnRPRockiesFree Agent
Sam DysonRPGiantsFree Agent
Edwin Encarnación1B/DHMarinersObi-Wan
Thairo Estrada2BYankeesFree Agent
Mike FiersRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Dexter FowlerPH/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesThe Empire
Kyle GibsonSPTwinsDoubleHeader
Ken GilesRPBlue JaysBuchanalia
Jeanmar GómezRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Curtis GrandersonDH/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersTeam Joker
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
Kyle HendricksSPCubsFree Agent
Kelvin HerreraRPNationalsFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesBallbusters
Jordan HicksRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Yoshihisa HiranoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Danny JansenCBlue JaysDoubleHeader
Adam JonesCF/RFOriolesTeam Joker
Howie Kendrick2B/LFNationalsFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysDoubleHeader
Yusei KikuchiFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2B/OFRaysFree Agent
Chris MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Russell Martin3B/CBlue JaysDark Angel
Carlos MartínezRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFRangersThe Empire
Billy McKinneyLF/RFBlue JaysTeam Lorin
Ryan McMahon1B/3B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCF/RFRaysObi-Wan
Colin Moran3B/PHPiratesFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysBallbusters
Joe MusgroveSPPiratesFree Agent
Pat NeshekRPPhilliesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersTeam Sapinski
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Wes ParsonsP/RPBravesFree Agent
José PerazaSSRedsFree Agent
Stephen PiscottyRFAthleticsObi-Wan
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Yasiel PuigPH/RFRedsFree Agent
Cal QuantrillFree Agent
Yefry RamirezSPOriolesFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLF/PH/RFPadresFree Agent
Felipe VázquezRPPiratesFree Agent
Anthony Rizzo1BCubsFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Casey SadlerRPPiratesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BIndiansFree Agent
Danny SantanaCFBravesFree Agent
Nick Senzel3BRedsFree Agent
Bryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Framber ValdezRP/SPAstrosDoubleHeader
Alex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Daniel Vogelbach1BMarinersFree Agent
Edinson VólquezSPRangersFree Agent
Marcus WaldenRPRed SoxFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros' 10-game winning streak.Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.Bogaerts' double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, on... [More]
Sun May 1921:42Red Sox avoid series sweep, snap Astros' 10-game win streakChance AdamsRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Harrison BaderCF/PH/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Josh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1B/CF/PHDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxObi-Wan
Shane BieberRP/SPIndiansTeam Sapinski
Charlie BlackmonCFRockiesFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxThe Empire
Steven BraultRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Willie CalhounLFRangersFree Agent
Michael Chavis3BRed SoxFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDH/LF/RFRangersDark Angel
Carlos CorreaSSAstrosObi-Wan
Brandon CrawfordSSGiantsFree Agent
Paul DeJongSSCardinalsFree Agent
Derek Dietrich1B/LF/PHMarlinsFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1B/3BRoyalsTeam Sapinski
Danny DuffySPRoyalsFree Agent
Mike DunnRPRockiesFree Agent
Sam DysonRPGiantsFree Agent
Edwin Encarnación1B/DHMarinersObi-Wan
Thairo Estrada2BYankeesFree Agent
Mike FiersRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Dexter FowlerPH/RFCardinalsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Ben GamelLF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Brett GardnerCF/LFYankeesThe Empire
Kyle GibsonSPTwinsDoubleHeader
Ken GilesRPBlue JaysBuchanalia
Jeanmar GómezRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Curtis GrandersonDH/LF/PH/RFBrewersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
Mitch HanigerCF/RFMarinersTeam Joker
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Kelvin HerreraRPNationalsFree Agent
Aaron HicksCFYankeesBallbusters
Jordan HicksRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Yoshihisa HiranoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Daniel HudsonRP/SPDodgersFree Agent
Danny JansenCBlue JaysDoubleHeader
Adam JonesCF/RFOriolesTeam Joker
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysDoubleHeader
Yusei KikuchiFree Agent
DJ LeMahieu2BRockiesFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2B/OFRaysFree Agent
Chris MartinRPRangersFree Agent
Russell Martin3B/CBlue JaysDark Angel
Carlos MartínezRP/SPCardinalsFree Agent
Nomar MazaraRFRangersThe Empire
Billy McKinneyLF/RFBlue JaysTeam Lorin
Ryan McMahon1B/3B/PHRockiesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCF/RFRaysObi-Wan
Colin Moran3B/PHPiratesFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysBallbusters
Joe MusgroveSPPiratesFree Agent
Pat NeshekRPPhilliesFree Agent
Rougned Odor2BRangersTeam Sapinski
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Wes ParsonsP/RPBravesFree Agent
José PerazaSSRedsFree Agent
Stephen PiscottyRFAthleticsObi-Wan
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsBuchanalia
Yasiel PuigPH/RFRedsFree Agent
Cal QuantrillFree Agent
Yefry RamirezSPOriolesFree Agent
J.T. RealmutoCMarlinsFree Agent
Hunter RenfroeLF/PH/RFPadresFree Agent
Felipe VázquezRPPiratesFree Agent
Tanner RoarkSPRedsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Casey SadlerRPPiratesFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
Pablo Sandoval1B/3B/PHGiantsFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BIndiansFree Agent
Danny SantanaCFBravesFree Agent
Nick Senzel3BRedsFree Agent
Bryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Framber ValdezRP/SPAstrosDoubleHeader
Alex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree Agent
Daniel Vogelbach1BMarinersFree Agent
Edinson VólquezSPRangersFree Agent
Marcus WaldenRPRed SoxFree Agent
Brandon WoodruffRP/SPBrewersFree Agent
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — Michael Chavis homered, Xander Bogaerts hit a tiebreaking double in the seventh inning and the Boston Red Sox averted a series sweep against Houston with a 4-3 victory Sunday that snapped the Astros' 10-game winning streak.Mookie Betts scored three runs for Boston, which lost the first two games in its first meeting with the Astros since beating them in the 2018 AL Championship Series.Carlos Correa hit a two-run homer off Chris Sale for Houston, which is 13-4 in May.Astros outfielder George Springer, who began the day leading the American League with 17 homers, exited with lower back stiffness after striking out three times against Sale.Bogaerts' double to deep left-center off Framber Valdez (1-2) scored Betts scored from first base.Sale struck out 10 in 5 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and four hits with five walks. In his previous start, he became the first major league pitcher to strike out 17 batters in seven innings.Marcus Walden (6-0) escaped a bases-loaded, on... [More]
Sun May 1918:48Astros OF Springer leaves game with lower back stiffnessTony Kemp2B/CF/LFAstrosTeam Erik
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
BOSTON (AP) — Astros outfielder George Springer has left Houston's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning with lower back stiffness.Springer, who entered Sunday leading the American League with 17 homers, took three big swings in the first and struck out against Chris Sale. On the second and third swings, Springer appeared to reach briefly for the lower right side of his back.Springer also struck out swinging in his next two at-bats — in the second and fourth — before he was removed when Houston took the field on defense in the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by Tony Kemp.On a tear at the plate lately, Springer began the day batting .318 with 42 RBIs.Boston won 4-3 to end Houston's 10-game winning streak.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sun May 1916:18Astros OF Springer leaves game with lower back stiffnessTony Kemp2B/CF/LFAstrosTeam Erik
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
George SpringerCF/RFAstrosBuchanalia
BOSTON (AP) — Astros outfielder George Springer has left Houston's game against the Boston Red Sox in the fifth inning with lower back stiffness.Springer, who entered Sunday leading the majors with 17 homers, took three big swings in the first and struck out against Chris Sale. On the second and third swings, Springer appeared to reach briefly for the lower right side of his back.Springer also struck out swinging in his next two at-bats — in the second and fourth — before he was removed when Houston took the field on defense in the fifth. He was replaced in the batting order by Tony Kemp.On a tear at the plate lately, Springer began the day batting .318 with 42 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1823:17LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
Gregory SotoSPTigersFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesObi-Wan
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face the hard-hitting Houston Astros, who have won 10 in a row, at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out... [More]
Sat May 1822:37LEADING OFF: A's thump Tigers, Sale starts, Callaway cloud?Mike FiersRP/SPAthleticsTeam Lorin
Chris SaleSPRed SoxTeam Lorin
Gregory SotoSPTigersFree Agent
Masahiro TanakaSPYankeesObi-Wan
A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:ALL A'SThe Athletics try to beat Detroit for the 16th time when Mike Fiers starts at Comerica Park.A win by the A's would equal the franchise record for the longest winning streak against one team. Oakland took 16 in a row from the Yankees from 1989-91.Rookie Gregory Soto goes for his first major league win when he pitches for the Tigers. The Athletics are aiming for a four-game sweep — they host Detroit in a three-game series in early September.RE-SALERed Sox ace Chris Sale starts for the first time since striking out 17 in just seven innings against Colorado. He'll face hard-hitting Houston at Fenway Park.Sale (1-5, 4.24 ERA) looks to continue his stellar revival after a rough start this year. After opening the season 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts, he has a 1.29 ERA in three starts in May.The lefty is now the only pitcher in major league history to allow no more than three hits, strike out at least 14 and walk nobody in consec... [More]
Sat May 1818:17Red Sox LHP David Price will return to rotation MondayDavid PriceSPRed SoxDark Angel
BOSTON (AP) — Red Sox left-hander David Price will return to the rotation for Monday's series opener in Toronto.Manager Alex Cora confirmed the plan Saturday.Price (1-2, 3.75 ERA) has been sidelined with left elbow tendinitis since his last start on May 3.The 33-year-old lefty threw a pair of bullpens this week, and Cora said he was ready to start.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1818:17Rangers reliever Kelley has lumps removed from throatShawn KelleyRPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley was ready to start pitching again while waiting for the results of a biopsy on two lumps that were surgically removed from his throat.Kelley said Saturday that doctors took out a couple of "decent-sized" lumps on Thursday after an initial biopsy before the surgery was inconclusive."I still don't know the results of what's in my throat, but it's out and I'm going to get back to pitching for now," he said. "We'll find out when we find out, but for now I just want to get back to playing, and physically I feel good, I feel healthy. Arm feels good, body feels good."The 35-year-old right-hander expected to get the results from the latest biopsy early next week.Kelley, who doesn't use any kind of tobacco, said he noticed the issue early this season. He had the lumps checked this month after they got bigger and bothersome while trying to sleep."The doctors, from their experience and just looking at it and feeling it and all of that ... [More]
Sat May 1814:57Rangers reliever Kelley has lumps removed from throatShawn KelleyRPAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers reliever Shawn Kelley had two lumps surgically removed from his throat this week.Kelley says an initial biopsy on the lumps was inconclusive, so doctors removed a couple of "decent-sized" lumps on Thursday. The 35-year-old was put on the injured list May 9, five days after he last pitched.Kelley says he noticed the issue early this season. He had the lumps checked this month after they got bigger and bothersome while trying to sleep.He's awaiting the results, but on Saturday says he feels great and is ready to return to pitching.Kelley is 3-0 with two saves and a 1.29 ERA in 14 appearances in his first season with the Rangers.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1814:09Didi Gregorius projected to return to Yankees next monthDidi GregoriusSSYankeesTeam Joker
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysDark Angel
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius is projected to return to the New York Yankees next month, a faster recovery from Tommy John surgery than expected.Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop on Monday at extended spring training in Tampa, Florida, his first game action since surgery on Oct. 17 to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow."It's a good step. We're getting there. Everything feels really good," Gregorius said Saturday after eight plate appearances during a simulated game in Tampa. "You've got to trust the whole thing, even though I'm impatient because I want to work. But it is what it is. Got to go with what they're saying and go with their schedule."Manager Aaron Boone does not expect Gregorius will need the equivalent of a full spring training, which is about six weeks."I think it will be shorter," Boone said Saturday. "He's been doing so much already as far as getting live ABs (at-bats), doing all this work. So he's a little further down the road than he... [More]
Sat May 1812:59Didi Gregorius projected to return to Yankees next monthDidi GregoriusSSYankeesTeam Joker
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
NEW YORK (AP) — Didi Gregorius is projected to return to the New York Yankees next month, a faster recovery from Tommy John surgery than expected.Gregorius is scheduled to play shortstop on Monday at extended spring training in Tampa, Florida, his first game action since surgery on Oct. 17 to replace a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.Manager Aaron Boone does not expect Gregorius will need the equivalent of a full spring training, which is about six weeks."I think it will be shorter," Boone said Saturday. "He's been doing so much already as far as getting live ABs (at-bats), doing all this work. So he's a little further down the road than he would be at the start of spring training."Gregorius hit .268 with a career-high 27 homers and 86 RBIs last season. He injured the elbow while making a throw from left field after a ball bounced off Fenway Park's Green Monster during Game 2 of the AL Division Series at Boston last Oct. 6. When the Yankees revealed the injury six ... [More]
Fri May 1723:44White Sox put left-hander Manny Bañuelos on injured listNate JonesRPWhite SoxDark Angel
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox left-hander Manny Bañuelos has been placed on the injured list, another blow to a Chicago pitching staff that already lost Carlos Rodón and Nate Jones for the season this week.Bañuelos left the fifth inning of a 9-0 loss against Cleveland on Tuesday because of a strained left shoulder. Bañuelos said he started to feel discomfort in the fourth inning, when he couldn't extend his arm properly."I wasn't doing it because I was scared that something bad could happen to my shoulder, or something could have popped out," Bañuelos said through a translator. "I wasn't able to extend my arm as I used to. That was one of the side effects of my command right after that pitch that was in the fourth inning."Bañuelos is 2-3 with a 7.26 ERA in five starts and four relief appearances. He was scheduled to start Monday against Houston.He was put on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Wednesday."Hopefully it's a very, very short stint," manager Rick Renteria said.Right-hander José Ruiz was recalled from Triple-A Charlotte, where he has a 5.40 ERA in 11 appearances this season.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1720:37Twins put slugger Nelson Cruz on 10-day injured listLuis Arraez2BTwinsFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsTeam Sapinski
SEATTLE (AP) — Minnesota Twins slugger Nelson Cruz was disappointed he won't get a chance to play against one of his former teams.Taking care of his strained left wrist was a bigger priority than trying to hit another home run in Seattle.The Twins placed Cruz on the 10-day injured list Friday with a balky wrist that was showing improvement but not enough to avoid sidelining the slugger. The move was retroactive to last Tuesday and came after Cruz missed four straight games.The expectation is Cruz should be ready to go when the 10 days expire and he's likely to rejoin the lineup May 24 when Minnesota returns home to host the Chicago White Sox."It's tough, regardless of where you're playing. But it's a little more special to play against a former team," Cruz said. I think I should be good for next Friday and have my wrist under control and be pain-free."Cruz had not played since last Sunday due to the wrist strain and said the time of the year was a major factor. Rather than trying to... [More]
Fri May 1720:09Twins put slugger Nelson Cruz on 10-day injured listLuis Arraez2BTwinsFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsTeam Sapinski
SEATTLE (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have placed Nelson Cruz on the 10-day injured list with a strained left wrist that was showing improvement but not enough to avoid sidelining the slugger.The move Friday was retroactive to last Tuesday. The expectation is Cruz should be ready to go when the 10 days expire and he's likely to rejoin the lineup May 24 when Minnesota returns home to host the Chicago White Sox.Cruz had missed four straight games due to the wrist strain and said the time of the year was a major factor. Rather than trying to play through the injury, Cruz and the Twins decided resting the wrist now would be the best move. Cruz said if it was later in the season, he would play through it.Minnesota recalled Luis Arraez from Triple-A Rochester. Arraez was recently promoted to Triple-A and had hit .342 at Double-A Pensacola.___More AP baseball coverage: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1717:01Column: Penny-pinching Rays manage to keep up with big boysTyler GlasnowSPRaysThe Empire
Bryce HarperCF/RFNationalsFree Agent
Kevin KiermaierCFRaysDoubleHeader
Austin MeadowsCF/RFRaysObi-Wan
Charlie MortonSPRaysBallbusters
They play in an architectural nightmare of a ballpark.They are treated like pariahs in their own community.They have to get by with one of baseball's stingiest payrolls.Yet, somehow, the Tampa Bay Rays make it work.It's one of the most compelling stories in sports, even if few people take notice."Whatever you want to label us, it's honestly irrelevant," outfielder Kevin Kiermaier said. "We know we're good and we can go a long way with the guys we have here."The Rays went into a weekend series against the mighty New York Yankees leading the AL East by a half-game. Never mind that Tampa Bay started the year with a penny-pinching payroll of just $60.6 million — $10 million less than the 29th-lowest team (a Miami Marlins team headed toward a historically awful season) and barely a fourth of what the reigning World Series champion Boston Red Sox doled out to assemble the most expensive roster.To add a bit more perspective, Bryce Harper will take home $30 million this year after signing a... [More]
Fri May 1716:59Hal Steinbrenner pleased with injury-decimated team's playClint FrazierLFYankeesTeam Erik
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesTeam Joker
Aaron JudgeDH/RFYankeesBallbusters
James PaxtonSPYankeesTeam Erik
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesDark Angel
Giancarlo StantonDH/LF/RFYankeesDoubleHeader
Troy TulowitzkiSSBlue JaysDark Angel
Gio Urshela3BBlue JaysFree Agent
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner is pleased with the performance of his injury-decimated team."Considering the adversity we've faced in the first two months of the season, it's phenomenal the job these guys have done," Steinbrenner said Friday at a Yankees extended spring training game.The Yankees have put 17 players on the injured list for 18 total stints. Still, they entered a three-game home series against AL East-leading Tampa Bay with a 26-16 record, a half-game behind the Rays.Domingo Germán, inserted into the starting rotation after ace Luis Severino got hurt, leads the major leagues with eight wins. Clint Frazier, who began the season at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, it hitting .280 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 27 games. Gio Urshela, an infield replacement bought up from the minors, is batting .330 with 15 RBIs in 33 games."Young guys are stepping up," Steinbrenner said. "They realize this is an opportunity that they might not otherwise have had... [More]
Fri May 1702:31LEADING OFF: Greinke exam, Turner tagged, CC faces RaysMark Canha1B/CF/LF/PHAthleticsBuchanalia
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosThe Empire
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Anthony DeSclafaniSPRedsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Frankie MontasRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Daniel NorrisSPTigersFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxDark Angel
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:CHECK HIMArizona ace Zack Greinke is set for an MRI after making an early exit in his last start.Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning against the Pirates until leaving in the eighth inning because of abdominal tightness."It's not too bad," Greinke said. "Just didn't seem like a good idea to try to push it."Greinke (6-1) has a 1.09 ERA in his last six starts, allowing five earned runs in 41 1/3 innings.STOP THAT!Justin Turner is on a hitting streak that no one would envy.The Dodgers star has been hit by a pitch in four straight games, tied for the longest string in franchise history. He is the first player in team records since Hughie Jennings in 1900 to be plunked in four consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox set the majors' longest streak when he was hit in six straight in 2008."I think at this point it's almost what is going on?" Dodgers teammate Alex Verdugo sa... [More]
Thu May 1620:01LEADING OFF: Greinke exam, Turner tagged, CC faces RaysMark Canha1B/CF/LF/PHAthleticsBuchanalia
Robinson Canó2BMetsBuchanalia
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosThe Empire
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsFree Agent
Anthony DeSclafaniSPRedsFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Frankie MontasRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Daniel NorrisSPTigersFree Agent
Rick PorcelloSPRed SoxDark Angel
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Trea TurnerSSNationalsFree Agent
Alex VerdugoCF/RFDodgersFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:CHECK HIMArizona ace Zack Greinke is set for an MRI after making an early exit in his last start.Greinke pitched shutout ball into the eighth inning against the Pirates until leaving in the eighth inning because of abdominal tightness."It's not too bad," Greinke said. "Just didn't seem like a good idea to try to push it."Greinke (6-1) has a 1.09 ERA in his last six starts, allowing five earned runs in 41 1/3 innings.STOP THAT!Justin Turner is on a hitting streak that no one would envy.The Dodgers star has been hit by a pitch in four straight games, tied for the longest string in franchise history. He is the first player in team records since Hughie Jennings in 1900 to be plunked in four consecutive games, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Carlos Quentin of the Chicago White Sox set the majors' longest streak when he was hit in six straight in 2008."I think at this point it's almost what is going on?" Dodgers teammate Alex Verdugo s... [More]
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