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Sat May 1818:09Braves release Venters 1 year after NL Comeback Player awardJerry BlevinsRP/SPMetsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — Jonny Venters, the left-hander whose comeback from his third Tommy John surgery helped him win the NL Comeback Player of the Year Award last year, has been released by the Atlanta Braves.The 34-year-old Venters had a 17.36 ERA after giving up nine earned runs in 4 2/3 innings covering nine appearances.The release came Saturday, a day after Venters gave up four runs, none earned, on one hit and two walks while recording two outs in the Braves' 12-8 win over Milwaukee on Friday night. The bullpen gave up eight runs after the Braves led 12-0.Braves manager Brian Snitker said the decision was especially tough because "everybody respects and admires everything he went through to get back to the major leagues."The Braves recalled left-hander Jerry Blevins only four days after he was designated for assignment.Venters was a combined 5-2 with three saves and a 3.67 ERA in 50 games last season for Tampa Bay and Atlanta. An All-Star with the Braves in 2011, he hadn't pitched in the majors since 2012 before returning with the Rays last year.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Sat May 1811:33This Date in BaseballRonald Acuña Jr.CF/LFBravesTeam Mike
Eric Sogard2B/PH/SSBrewersFree Agent
May 191910 — Cy Young won the 500th game of his career as the Cleveland Indians beat the Washington Senators, 5-4, in 11 innings.1910 — Boston beat the Pirates 6-3 for the first time in 26 tries.1942 — Paul Waner of the Boston Braves got his 3,000th career hit off Pittsburgh's Rip Sewell in a 7-6, 11-inning loss to the Pirates.1956 — Pittsburgh's Dale Long hit a ninth-inning homer against the Chicago Cubs. It was Long's first of eight straight games with a homer.1962 — Stan Musial of St. Louis became the NL career hits leader. The 41-year-old got a ninth-inning single for his 3,431st hit and moved past Honus Wagner. The Cardinals beat the Los Angeles Dodgers, 8-1.1968 — After hitting 10 home runs in six games, Frank Howard of the Washington Senators was stopped by pitcher Earl Wilson of Detroit, which won the game 5-4.1981 — Pittsburgh's Jim Bibby gave up a leadoff single to Terry Harper of the Atlanta Braves, then retired the next 27 batters for a 5-0 one-hitter. Bibby a... [More]
Sat May 1802:37LEADING OFF: Snell's 2nd chance vs Yanks, Astros on rollWalker BuehlerSPDodgersDoppelganger
Tyler MahleSPRedsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:DO OVERBlake Snell makes his second straight start against the Yankees. The Rays left-handed ace was overpowering against New York on Sunday, but his 12 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball weren't enough in a 7-1 loss. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka got the win in that game, throwing seven innings of one-run ball while appearing to rediscover his go-to split-finger fastball. Tampa Bay entered the weekend series with a 1/2-game lead over New York in the AL East.COUNTING UP...Houston tries for its 10th straight win in a game at Fenway Park. George Springer hit his AL-leading 17th homer Friday in a 3-1 victory against the Red Sox, a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning. Houston is 12-3 this month and has matched the 2017 World Series championship team for the best start in franchise history at 30-15. Corbin Martin (1-0) is set to make his second career start for Houston.RESTED RED HEADThe Dodgers expect to be without Justi... [More]
Fri May 1723:37Pirates place Williams on IL, promote Holmes from Triple-AClay HolmesRP/SPPiratesFree Agent
Jacob StallingsCPiratesFree Agent
Trevor WilliamsSPPiratesTeam Erik
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have placed right-hander Trevor Williams on the 10-day injured list with a strain in his right side.Williams, who played at San Diego's Rancho Bernardo High, came out of Thursday night's game after just 3 2/3 innings.To take his roster spot, right-hander Clay Holmes was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Friday. It's Holmes' second stint with the Pirates this season.The Pirates also optioned right-hander Richard Rodríguez to Triple-A and selected the contract of right-hander Geoff Hartlieb from Indianapolis. Hartlieb has no previous big league experience.Additionally, catcher Jacob Stallings cleared outright waivers and was assigned to Indianapolis.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1722:53LEADING OFF: Snell's 2nd chance vs Yanks, Astros on rollWalker BuehlerSPDodgersDoppelganger
Tyler MahleSPRedsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:DO OVERBlake Snell makes his second straight start against the Yankees. The Rays left-handed ace was overpowering against New York on Sunday, but his 12 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball weren't enough in a 7-1 loss. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka got the win in that game, throwing seven innings of one-run ball while appearing to rediscover his go-to split-finger fastball. Tampa Bay entered the weekend series with a 1/2-game lead over New York in the AL East.COUNTING UP...Houston tries for its 10th straight win in a game at Fenway Park. George Springer hit his AL-leading 17th homer Friday in a 3-1 victory against the Red Sox, a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning. Houston is 12-3 this month and has matched the 2017 World Series championship team for the best start in franchise history at 30-15. Corbin Martin (1-0) is set to make his second career start for Houston.RESTED RED HEADThe Dodgers expect to be without Ju... [More]
Fri May 1722:37LEADING OFF: Snell's 2nd chance vs Yanks, Turner banged upWalker BuehlerSPDodgersDoppelganger
Tyler MahleSPRedsFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Saturday:DO OVERBlake Snell makes his second straight start against the Yankees. The Rays left-handed ace was overpowering against New York on Sunday, but his 12 strikeouts over 5 2/3 innings of two-run ball weren't enough in a 7-1 loss. Yankees righty Masahiro Tanaka got the win in that game, throwing seven innings of one-run ball while appearing to rediscover his go-to split-finger fastball. Tampa Bay entered the weekend series with a 1/2-game lead over New York in the AL East.RESTED RED HEADThe Dodgers expect to be without Justin Turner a day after he fouled a ball off his left shin. The red-headed slugger was pulled from a 6-0 win over Cincinnati and will likely get at least a day to recover, though X-rays were negative and LA doesn't seem concerned about his long-term well-being. Walker Buehler (4-0) pitches for the Dodgers against the Reds' Tyler Mahle (0-5).FRESH FISHThe Marlins found their offensive stroke Friday against Jacob deGrom... [More]
Fri May 1722:07Kinsler regrets using profanity on field after big homerIan Kinsler2BPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler says he regrets using profanity during an emotional outburst after hitting a pivotal three-run home run for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night and maintained he was firing up his teammates and not taking a shot at fans.Kinsler hollered and gestured as he touched the plate after hitting the go-ahead home run in the sixth inning of the 4-3 win against Pittsburgh, and again in the dugout.Kinsler has been criticized by fans as he's struggled since joining the Padres on an $8 million, two-year deal. Many fans, particularly on social media, felt the outburst was directed at them."The only thing that I do regret is doing it on the field in front of everybody, so everyone can interpret it their own way," Kinsler said before Friday night's game, when he was due to start at second base and bat leadoff.Asked if he wanted to say anything to fans who thought he was directing it at them, to clear things up, he said, "No."The 36-year-old Kinsler, in his 14th big lea... [More]
Fri May 1721:27Mets select contract of OF Carlos Gómez; Conforto on ILKeon BroxtonCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Twelve years later, Carlos Gómez was back in the New York Mets' lineup.New York selected Gómez's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami. He went 0 for 3 before leaving the game in a double switch.An All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, Gómez last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007.The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.New York signed the 33-year-old Gómez to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270 with 22 RBIs in 35 games for Syracuse."He obviously has been swinging the bat really well," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "The defense has been outstanding, the leadership, the baserunning. From top to bottom the reports have been excellent. That's why he's up here getting a chance to help us win some games."Broxton is batt... [More]
Fri May 1721:07Kinsler regrets using profanity on field after big homerIan Kinsler2BPadresFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Ian Kinsler says he regrets using profanity during an emotional outburst after hitting a pivotal three-run home run for the San Diego Padres on Thursday night and maintained he was firing up his teammates and not taking a shot at fans.Kinsler hollered and gestured as he touched the plate in the 4-3 win against Pittsburgh, and again in the dugout.Kinsler has been criticized by fans as he's struggled since joining the Padres on an $8 million, two-year deal. Many fans, particularly on social media, felt it was directed at them."The only thing that I do regret is doing it on the field in front of everybody, so everyone can interpret it their own way," Kinsler said before Friday night's game, when he was due to start at second base and bat leadoff.Asked if he wanted to say anything to fans who thought he was directing it at them, to clear things up, he said, "No."___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1721:07Giants activate catcher Buster Posey from concussion listBuster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
PHOENIX (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have activated catcher Buster Posey from the seven-day concussion list.Posey was behind the plate and batted third Friday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks.He was hit on the helmet by a foul tip against Cincinnati on May 8 and placed on the injured list after playing against Colorado two days later.The Giants took a cautious approach with Posey after he went on the concussion list for the second time in two years. He missed seven games due to a concussion in 2017.Posey has played 32 games this season, hitting .245 with two homers and 13 RBIs.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1720:09Mets select contract of OF Carlos Gómez; Conforto on ILKeon BroxtonCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Twelve years later, Carlos Gómez is back in the New York Mets' lineup.New York selected Gómez's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami.The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.Gómez, an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. They signed the 33-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270 with 22 RBIs in 35 games for Syracuse."He obviously has been swinging the bat really well," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "The defense has been outstanding, the leadership, the baserunning. From top to bottom the reports have been excellent. That's why he's up here getting a chance to help us win some games."Broxton is batting.143 in 34 games. The Mets hope to keep him in their sys... [More]
Fri May 1719:07Cards activate Carlos Martínez, cut GregersonLuke GregersonRPCardinalsFree Agent
Ryan HelsleySPCardinalsFree Agent
Dominic LeoneRPCardinalsTeam Mike
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals have activated Carlos Martínez from the injured list after the right-hander missed the first 44 games of the season because of a strained right shoulder cuff.The club also designated veteran right-hander Luke Gregerson for assignment before Friday's interleague game at the Texas Rangers while recalling rookie reliever Ryan Helsley from Triple-A Memphis and sending down right-hander Dominic Leone.Martínez was a two-time All-Star as a starter for St. Louis before making 18 of his 33 appearances out of the bullpen last season. The 27-year-old is expected to be used as a reliever.It is the second time Helsley has been brought up from the minors this season. The 24-year-old right-hander gave up two runs in 6 1/3 innings over three appearances in his first stint.Gregerson, a 35-year-old who hadn't pitched since last July when he was activated May 4 coming off right shoulder impingement, allowed five runs and 11 hits over 5 2/3 innings in six relief appearances. Leone has an 8.02 ERA in 20 games out of the bullpen.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1718:17Turner activated by Nats, who put Sánchez on the ILWilmer Difo2B/3B/PH/SSNationalsTeam Jim
Kyle McGowinRP/SPNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Shortstop Trea Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list by the Washington Nationals, who placed starting pitcher Anibal Sánchez on the IL a day after he strained his left hamstring.The 25-year-old Turner missed 38 games with a broken right index figure sustained April 2 against Philadelphia. He hit .357 with a double and two homers through the first four games of the season."It was real nice to write his name in the lineup," Nationals manager Dave Martinez before prior to Friday night's game against the Chicago Cubs.Sánchez (0-6, 5.10) was removed in the second inning of Thursday's start against the New York Mets with the hamstring strain. Martinez said the 35-year-old right-hander was walking without pain Friday.Washington also optioned infielder Wilmer Difo to Triple-A Fresno and recalled right-hander Kyle McGowin from Fresno.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1718:07Mets select contract of OF Carlos Gómez; Conforto on ILKeon BroxtonCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Twelve years later, Carlos Gómez is back in the New York Mets' lineup.New York selected Gómez's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami.The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.Gómez, an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. They signed the 33-year-old outfielder to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270 with 22 RBIs in 35 games for Syracuse."He obviously has been swinging the ball really well," Mets manager Mickey Callaway said. "The defense has been outstanding, the leadership, the baserunning. From top to bottom the reports have been excellent. That's why he's up here getting a chance to help us win some games."Broxton is batting.143 in 34 games. The Mets hope to keep him in their sy... [More]
Fri May 1717:57Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on injured listMatt Beaty1BDodgersFree Agent
Zack GreinkeSPDiamondbacksTeam Lorin
Kenta MaedaRP/SPDodgersTeam Mike
CINCINNATI (AP) — Kenta Maeda fouled a ball off his left thigh in his last start, leaving a bruise that prompted the Los Angeles Dodgers to put him on the 10-day injury list.Maeda gave up only three hits and struck out a dozen batters in 6 2/3 innings of a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday. He also had the decisive hit, a two-out, two-run single in the second inning. He fouled a pitch off his left thigh in a later at-bat. The Dodgers decided Friday to put him on the injury list, giving him time to heal."It's not serious," manager Dave Roberts said. "It's a thing where the ball hits it and there's some inflammation. If we can kind of protect him, we're going to do that."Maeda became the first Dodgers pitcher to have two hits and two RBIs in a game since Zack Greinke in 2014. He is 5-2 in nine starts with a 3.52 ERA and hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts."I'll be back soon," Maeda said through a translator. "Nothing to worry about."The Dodgers also recalled infielder Matt B... [More]
Fri May 1717:17Mets select contract of OF Carlos Gómez; Conforto on ILKeon BroxtonCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Paul SewaldRPMetsFree Agent
MIAMI (AP) — Twelve years later, outfielder Carlos Gómez is back in the New York Mets' lineup.New York selected Gómez's contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami.The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.Gómez, an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. They signed him to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270 with 22 RBIs in 35 games for Syracuse.Broxton batted .143 in 34 games for New York this season.Conforto was hurt Thursday when he collided with a teammate while chasing a popup.___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1715:57Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on injured listMatt Beaty1BDodgersFree Agent
Kenta MaedaRP/SPDodgersTeam Mike
CINCINNATI (AP) — The Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list after he hurt his left thigh, costing them one of their best starters in May.Maeda gave up only three hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday. The right-hander is 5-2 in nine starts with a 3.52 ERA. He hasn't allowed a run in his last two starts.The Dodgers called up infielder Matt Beaty and outfielder Kyle Garlick for the start of a series against the Reds on Friday.Beaty is in his second stint with the Dodgers. He went 2 for 3 in a brief stint last month. The 27-year-old Garlick will make his major league debut.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1715:27Top Rockies prospect Rodgers called up to majorsNolan Arenado3BRockiesTeam Mike
Garrett Hampson2BRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are running a little cool at second base.That opened the door for Brendan Rodgers, the team's top prospect who's swinging a hot bat.Colorado called up the 22-year-old for a weekend series in Philadelphia that started Friday. In addition to selecting the contract of the prospect from Albuquerque, the Rockies optioned right-hander DJ Johnson and infielder Pat Valaika to the Triple-A team and activated left-hander Jake McGee from the 10-day injured list after he recovered from a sprained left knee.Rodgers was hitting .356 with nine homers and 21 RBIs in 35 games this season with Triple-A Albuquerque. He was playing mostly at second base for the Isotopes with an occasional appearance at shortstop and third base.His promotion makes sense: So far this season, Colorado's second basemen are hitting .200 with no homers and 11 RBIs.Invited to spring training, Rodgers hit .222 in 18 games. Still, Rockies manager Bud Black appreciated his moxie."He's really con... [More]
Fri May 1712:27Rays acquire C Kratz in trade with GiantsErik KratzCBrewersFree Agent
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants.The 38-year-old Kratz hit .125 (4 for 32) in 15 games for San Francisco. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday.As part of the trade announced Thursday, the Giants agreed to send the Rays $471,613 to cover a majority of the $877,419 remaining in Kratz's $1.2 million, one-year contract. San Francisco will receive a player to be named or cash.The Giants acquired Kratz in a March 24 trade with Milwaukee for minor league infielder C.J. Hinojosa. Kratz helped the Brewers make it to the NL Championship Series last year, batting .292 with three RBIs in nine playoff games.Kratz broke into the majors with Pittsburgh in 2010. He is a .208 hitter with 31 homers and 101 RBIs in 310 career games.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Fri May 1702:11Yelich hits 17th, 18th homers as Brewers rout PhilliesHomer BaileySPDodgersFree Agent
Chris BassittRP/SPAthleticsFree Agent
Trevor BauerRP/SPIndiansFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCF/RFBrewersFree Agent
Kris Bryant3B/RFCubsDoppelganger
Byron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Matt Carpenter1B/3BCardinalsSchellackers
Luis CastilloSPRedsTeam Mike
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
A.J. ColeRP/SPYankeesFree Agent
Michael ConfortoCF/LFMetsSchellackers
Ryan CordellLFWhite SoxFree Agent
J.P. CrawfordSSMarinersFree Agent
C.J. Cron1B/DHTwinsFree Agent
Zach DaviesSPBrewersSchellackers
Adam Frazier2B/LF/PHPiratesSchellackers
Freddy GalvisSSPadresBallbusters
Leury GarcíaCF/LF/RFWhite SoxFree Agent
Paul Goldschmidt1BCardinalsTeam Erik
Yasmani GrandalC/PHDodgersSith Lords
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Kelvin HerreraRPNationalsSchellackers
Danny JansenCBlue JaysFree Agent
Max KeplerCF/RFTwinsFree Agent
Ian Kinsler2BPadresFree Agent
Jason Kipnis2BIndiansFree Agent
Eric LauerSPPadresSalt City Sox
Derek LawRPGiantsFree Agent
Trey Mancini1B/DH/LFOriolesFree Agent
Billy McKinneyLF/RFBlue JaysFree Agent
Jeff McNeil2BMetsDoppelganger
Yadier MolinaCCardinalsBuchanalia
Mike Moustakas3B/DHBrewersTeam Jim
Matt Olson1BAthleticsFree Agent
Chris Owings3B/CF/PH/RF/SSRoyalsFree Agent
José PerazaSSRedsBuchanalia
Josh PhegleyCAthleticsFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Gregory PolancoRFPiratesSchellackers
Jurickson Profar1B/2B/3B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
José QuintanaSPCubsDoppelganger
Franmil ReyesRFPadresTeam Erik
Austin Riley3BBravesFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BOriolesFree Agent
Yolmer Sánchez3BWhite SoxFree Agent
Carlos Santana1B/3BIndiansTeam Mike
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mallex SmithCF/LF/RFMarinersFree Agent
Eugenio Suárez3BRedsSith Lords
Erik SwansonSPMarinersFree Agent
Julio TeheranSPBravesDoppelganger
Charlie TilsonCF/LFWhite SoxFree Agent
Spencer TurnbullSPTigersFree Agent
Daniel Vogelbach1BMarinersFree Agent
Adam WainwrightSPCardinalsDoppelganger
Adam WarrenRPMarinersFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsSith Lords
Trevor WilliamsSPPiratesTeam Erik
Kirby YatesRPPadresBallbusters
Christian YelichCF/LF/RFBrewersSchellackers
Gabriel YnoaSPOriolesFree Agent
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Christian Yelich hit his major league-leading 17th and 18th homers to help Zach Davies and the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Philadelphia Phillies 11-3 Thursday.Yasmani Grandal and Mike Moustakas also went deep as the Brewers won their third in a row.Davies (5-0) allowed three runs — one earned — and four hits in six innings.Yelich homered in the first for a 1-0 lead off Zach Eflin (5-4) and added a solo drive off Edgar Garcia in the eighth to make it 8-3.ATHLETICS 17, TIGERS 3DETROIT (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit his first career grand slam, and Oakland won its 13th straight over Detroit and its eighth in a row at Comerica ParkJosh Phegley had four hits, including one of Oakland's five home runs. Matt Olson and Marcus Semien also homered for Oakland.Detroit has been outscored 41-9 while losing the first four games of a 10-game homestand.Ohio native Chris Bassitt (2-1) pitched eight shutout innings in front of a large group of friends and family.Spencer Turnbull ... [More]
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