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Thu Apr 1819:13Rangers option lefty Kyle Bird to Triple-A NashvilleKyle BirdRPRangersFree Agent
Jurickson Profar2B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have optioned left-hander Kyle Bird to Triple-A Nashville after his second stint in the majors this season.Bird has a 6.75 ERA with a save in five relief appearances for the Rangers in his first big league action.Texas will make a corresponding move before Friday's series opener against Houston to fill Bird's spot on the 25-man roster. The Rangers were off Thursday after sweeping a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.The Rangers got Bird from the Tampa Bay Rays during the offseason as part of a three-team deal that sent infielder Jurickson Profar to Oakland.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Apr 1818:05Khris Davis, A's agree to deal adding $33.75M for '20, '21Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Khris DavisDHAthleticsFree Agent
Edwin JacksonRPAthleticsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — At spring training, Khris Davis expressed his desire to stay with the Oakland Athletics on a long-term contract for the next several seasons. He wants to build something special in the East Bay, while keeping up his remarkable home run pace.Davis now has the new deal he so wanted, after patiently waiting for it to get done.Davis' contract, announced by the team Thursday, takes him through the 2021 season. The deal adds $33.75 million for 2020 and '21, which increased Davis' guarantee to $50.25 million over three years, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because contract terms had not been announced.Davis hit a majors-best 48 home runs last season while setting a career high with 123 RBIs, helping send the 97-win A's back to the playoffs for the first time in four years. He is leading the majors again with 10 home runs so far this season and is batting .260 with 20 RBIs."I never think he's c... [More]
Thu Apr 1817:45Corbin takes 1-hitter into 8th, Nationals beat Giants 4-2Matt AndrieseSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Kyle BarracloughRPNationalsFree Agent
Joe BiaginiSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Miguel Cabrera1BTigersFree Agent
Nicholas CastellanosRFTigersFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Wilmer DifoSSNationalsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Carson FulmerSPWhite SoxFree Agent
Ken GilesRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPTigersFree Agent
Grayson GreinerCTigersFree Agent
Randal GrichukRFBlue JaysFree Agent
Josh Harrison2BPiratesFree Agent
Teoscar HernándezRFBlue JaysFree Agent
Yoshihisa HiranoRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ender InciarteCFBravesFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Erik KratzCBrewersFree Agent
Evan Longoria3BGiantsFree Agent
Tim MayzaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Thomas PannoneSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Michael PinedaSPTwinsFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPRed SoxFree Agent
Buster PoseyCGiantsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Eddie RosarioLFTwinsFree Agent
Justin Smoak1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Chad SobotkaRPBravesFree Agent
Juan SotoRFNationalsFree Agent
Ryan TeperaRPBlue JaysFree Agent
Drew VerHagenRPTigersFree Agent
Christian Walker1BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Luke WeaverSPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Corbin took a one-hitter into the eighth inning in his first victory with Washington, Wilmer Difo homered and the Nationals beat the punchless San Francisco Giants 4-2 on Thursday.Signed to a $140 million, six-year contract in December after pitching for six seasons in Arizona, Corbin started three games without a decision with his new team before throwing a gem in the deciding matchup of a three-game series.Corbin (1-0) struck out nine, walked one and a hit a batter over 7 2/3 innings against a struggling San Francisco offense that came in with a .208 average. The lone hits against the lefty were Evan Longoria's fifth-inning double and Erik Kratz's two-out RBI double in the eighth.After Kratz broke up the shutout, Kyle Barraclough entered and retired pinch-hitter Buster Posey. Sean Doolittle worked the ninth, giving up three hits and a run while earning his second save.San Francisco starter Drew Pomeranz (0-2) gave up four runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings... [More]
Thu Apr 1817:03Khris Davis, A's agree to deal adding $33.75M for '20, '21Khris DavisDHAthleticsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Athletics slugger Khris Davis has gotten the long-term deal he wanted.The Athletics said Thursday they had agreed to a contract through the 2021 season. The new deal adds $33.75 million for 2020 and '21, which increased Davis' guarantee to $50.25 million over three years, a person familiar with the agreement told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because terms of the deal had not been announced.Davis hit a majors-best 48 home runs last season while setting a career high with 123 RBIs. He is leading the majors again with 10 home runs so far this season. He is batting .260 with 20 RBIs.He agreed in January to a $16.5 million, one-year contract and would have been eligible for free agency after this season.Following two straight slow free-agent markets, Davis joined Chris Sale, Justin Verlander, Nolan Arenado, Paul Goldschmidt, Xander Bogaerts and Aaron Hicks in agreeing to a long-term deal and foregoing open bidding after the World Series.Gerrit Cole, Madison Bumgarner, Didi Gregorius and Anthony Rendon to top the potential free-agent group for now.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Apr 1803:17LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempersTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Zach DaviesSPBrewersFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Julio UríasSPDodgersFree Agent
Arodys VizcaínoRPBravesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors today:CLOSER NEEDEDThe Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and he indicated the Braves are exploring all available options."There's been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today," Anthopoulos said. "I think it goes without saying we're going to look to do what we can both internally and externally."The NL East champion Braves have recently used A.J. Minter as their closer, but he's struggled.DISCIPLINE DAY?Major League Baseball will certainly review at the bench-clearing fray that erupted after Kansas City's Brad Keller drilled Tim Anderson with a fastball on Wednesday. In his previous at-bat, the energetic White Sox shortstop had spiked his bat to celebrat... [More]
Thu Apr 1800:59Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10Matt Adams1BNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Tim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Jake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Jake Bauers1BIndiansFree Agent
Jesse BiddleRPBravesFree Agent
Justin Bour1BAngelsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Michael BrantleyLFAstrosFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
Corbin BurnesSPBrewersFree Agent
Matt Carpenter1BCardinalsFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Matt Chapman3BAthleticsFree Agent
Ji-Man Choi1BRaysFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Daniel Descalso2BCubsFree Agent
Yandy DíazDHRaysFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1BRoyalsFree Agent
Steven DuggarCFGiantsFree Agent
Buck FarmerSPTigersFree Agent
Adam FrazierLFPiratesFree Agent
Clint FrazierLFYankeesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Brian GoodwinRFRoyalsFree Agent
Yuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt HarveySPAngelsFree Agent
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
César Hernández2BPhilliesFree Agent
David HessSPOriolesFree Agent
Jason HeywardRFCubsFree Agent
Jordan HicksSPCardinalsFree Agent
Greg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Nate JonesRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Tommy KahnleRPYankeesFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
José LeclercRPRangersFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
Lance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
Martín MaldonadoCAstrosFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Ketel Marte2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Starling MarteCFPiratesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFRaysFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Frankie MontasRPAthleticsFree Agent
Colin Moran3BPiratesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Blake ParkerRPAngelsFree Agent
Gerardo ParraLFRockiesFree Agent
Wily PeraltaRPRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Jurickson Profar2B/SSAthleticsFree Agent
Josh ReddickRFAstrosFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BOriolesFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPGiantsFree Agent
Andrelton SimmonsSSAngelsFree Agent
Juan SotoRFNationalsFree Agent
Ryne StanekRPRaysFree Agent
Christin StewartLFTigersFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Erik SwansonSPMarinersFree Agent
Mike TauchmanLFRockiesFree Agent
Trent ThorntonSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Austen WilliamsSPNationalsFree Agent
Nick WittgrenRPMarlinsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.There were four ejections — Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.Hunter Dozier led off the 10th with a tiebreaking homer against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastbal... [More]
Thu Apr 1800:00Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10Matt Adams1BNationalsFree Agent
Sandy AlcantaraSPMarlinsFree Agent
Tim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Jake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Javier Báez2BCubsFree Agent
Jake Bauers1BIndiansFree Agent
Jesse BiddleRPBravesFree Agent
Justin Bour1BAngelsFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Nick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
Corbin BurnesSPBrewersFree Agent
Matt Carpenter1BCardinalsFree Agent
Carlos CarrascoSPIndiansFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Ji-Man Choi1BRaysFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Nelson CruzDHTwinsFree Agent
Daniel Descalso2BCubsFree Agent
Yandy DíazDHRaysFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1BRoyalsFree Agent
Steven DuggarCFGiantsFree Agent
Buck FarmerSPTigersFree Agent
Adam FrazierLFPiratesFree Agent
Clint FrazierLFYankeesFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Brian GoodwinRFRoyalsFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPCubsFree Agent
J.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Matt HarveySPAngelsFree Agent
Ryon Healy1BMarinersFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
César Hernández2BPhilliesFree Agent
David HessSPOriolesFree Agent
Jason HeywardRFCubsFree Agent
Jordan HicksSPCardinalsFree Agent
Greg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Nate JonesRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Tommy KahnleRPYankeesFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
José LeclercRPRangersFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
Lance LynnSPRangersFree Agent
Martín MaldonadoCAstrosFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Ketel Marte2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Starling MarteCFPiratesFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFRaysFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Colin Moran3BPiratesFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Blake ParkerRPAngelsFree Agent
Gerardo ParraLFRockiesFree Agent
Wily PeraltaRPRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Austin RomineCYankeesFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BOriolesFree Agent
Jeff SamardzijaSPGiantsFree Agent
Andrelton SimmonsSSAngelsFree Agent
Juan SotoRFNationalsFree Agent
Ryne StanekRPRaysFree Agent
Christin StewartLFTigersFree Agent
Kurt SuzukiCNationalsFree Agent
Erik SwansonSPMarinersFree Agent
Mike TauchmanLFRockiesFree Agent
Trent ThorntonSPBlue JaysFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Austen WilliamsSPNationalsFree Agent
Nick WittgrenRPMarlinsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.There were four ejections — Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.Hunter Dozier led off the 10th with a tiebreaking homer against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastbal... [More]
Wed Apr 1723:42Price criticizes MLB for teams idle on Jackie Robinson DayDavid PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price thinks Major League Baseball made a mistake by having just 10 games Monday on Jackie Robinson Day."Hey @mlb every year on April 15th we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day," Price tweeted Wednesday. "EVERYONE plays on that day next year deal? No one should have an off day let alone 10 teams!!"African American players dropped from 18 percent of the majors leagues in 1991 to 7.7 percent in 2017, then rose to 8.4 percent in 2018, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Price, who won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award, thinks more efforts on Jackie Robinson Day are needed.Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947."1/3 of @mlb teams had an off day on Jackie Robinson day," tweeted Price, who is black. "I just can't wrap my head around that. We've had a problem for a while and this couldn't make it any more noticeable."This year, April 15 fell on a Monday. Mos... [More]
Wed Apr 1723:35Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10Jesse BiddleRPBravesFree Agent
Archie BradleyRPDiamondbacksFree Agent
Nick BurdiRPPiratesFree Agent
Ji-Man Choi1BRaysFree Agent
Yandy DíazDHRaysFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1BRoyalsFree Agent
Freddie Freeman1BBravesFree Agent
Greg HollandRPNationalsFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Nate JonesRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Brandon Lowe2BRaysFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Ketel Marte2BDiamondbacksFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFRaysFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Wily PeraltaRPRoyalsFree Agent
Rio Ruiz3BOriolesFree Agent
Ryne StanekRPRaysFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.There were four ejections — Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.Hunter Dozier led off the 10th with a tiebreaking homer against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastbal... [More]
Wed Apr 1723:33Boston's Pedroia leaves game with left knee discomfortJ.A. HappSPYankeesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Dustin Pedroia's painful left knee forced him out of Wednesday night's 5-3 loss to the Yankees after 1 1/2 innings, and the Boston second baseman planned to remain in New York for an examination rather than travel with the team to Tampa Bay.The 2008 AL MVP was hurt when he fouled off an 0-1 pitch from J.A. Happ in the second inning, Red Sox manager Alex Cora said."I was surprised that he came up to me and told me that, but at least he was honest," Cora said. "He was down. I haven't seen him like that. Hopefully, it's nothing serious, and it's something that he just got scared."Eduardo Núñez replaced Pedroia for the bottom half.Pedroia was activated from the injured list April 9 and is 2 for 20 at the plate.He has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore's Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Dr. Riley Williams III of the Hospital for Special Surgery operated on Pedroia's left knee on Oct. 25, 2017, and Pedroia was limited to three big league games in 2018, from May 26-29.Cora said Pedroia would not be examined by the surgeon but by another doctor.Pedroia, 35, had not played the field since Saturday, and Cora said Pedroia also has been feeling ill. The Red Sox play three games on artificial turf at Tama Bay starting Friday, so another trip to the injured list is possible.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1721:23A's place Marco Estrada on 10-day IL with lumbar strainChris BassittSPAthleticsFree Agent
Marco EstradaSPBlue JaysFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics placed pitcher Marco Estrada on the 10-day injured list because of a lumbar strain, one day after a second consecutive shaky outing.Estrada allowed seven runs and walked three in 3 1/3 innings in Tuesday night's loss to the Houston Astros. It was the second straight start that Estrada failed to make it past the fourth."He's had some back and hip things kind of in concert giving him a little trouble right now," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He's had that in the past. We knew that 30-plus starts were probably not going to be realistic, and from time to time that this is something we were going to have to do with him. We knew all that going in."Estrada signed a $4 million, one-year contract with Oakland in the offseason and has been second in Melvin's rotation. The A's are winless in his five starts.Right-hander Chris Bassitt was recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas and is expected to take Estrada's place in the rotation.__More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/tag/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1720:17LEADING OFF: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempersTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Zach DaviesSPBrewersFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Dustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
Julio UríasSPDodgersFree Agent
Arodys VizcaínoRPBravesFree Agent
A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:CLOSER NEEDEDThe Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and he indicated the Braves are exploring all available options."There's been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today," Anthopoulos said. "I think it goes without saying we're going to look to do what we can both internally and externally."The NL East champion Braves have recently used A.J. Minter as their closer, but he's struggled.DISCIPLINE DAY?Major League Baseball will certainly review at the bench-clearing fray that erupted after Kansas City's Brad Keller drilled Tim Anderson with a fastball on Wednesday. In his previous at-bat, the energetic White Sox shortstop had spiked his bat to celeb... [More]
Wed Apr 1720:03Reds' Joey Votto pops out to first for 1st time in careerPedro BáezRPDodgersFree Agent
Cody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Joey Votto1BRedsFree Agent
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A remarkable baseball streak ended Wednesday when Joey Votto innocuously popped out to first base.The slugger somehow had made 6,827 plate appearances over 13 seasons with the Reds without ever popping out to first. He finally did it in Cincinnati's 3-2 loss at Dodger Stadium, fouling out to Cody Bellinger to end the eighth.Votto had played 1,591 games in a career that began in late 2007 without ever popping up to first.The six-time All-Star first baseman is a career .310 hitter, always showing strong plate discipline and rarely wasting at-bats. Votto had popped up only 88 previous times in his career, including only seven popups from 2010-18.Dodgers reliever Pedro Baez induced the popup on a belt-high 3-1 outside changeup.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1720:03Boston's Pedroia leaves game with left knee discomfortDustin Pedroia2BRed SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston second baseman Dustin Pedroia left Wednesday night's game against the New York Yankees after 1½ innings because of left knee discomfort.The 2008 AL MVP flied out in the top of the second inning, then was replaced by Eduardo Núñez for the bottom half.Pedroia was activated April 9 and is 2 for 20 at the plate.He has been slowed since a slide into his surgically repaired left knee at second base by Baltimore's Manny Machado on April 21, 2017. Pedroia had left knee surgery on Oct. 25, 2017, and was limited to three big league games in 2018, from May 26-29.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1719:27Anderson spikes bat, gets drilled; Royals top Chisox in 10Tim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Jake ArrietaSPPhilliesFree Agent
Keon BroxtonCFBrewersFree Agent
Walker BuehlerSPDodgersFree Agent
Corbin BurnesSPBrewersFree Agent
Matt Carpenter1BCardinalsFree Agent
Hunter Dozier1BRoyalsFree Agent
César Hernández2BPhilliesFree Agent
Jordan HicksSPCardinalsFree Agent
Nate JonesRPWhite SoxFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Scott Kingery2BPhilliesFree Agent
Martín MaldonadoCAstrosFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPCardinalsFree Agent
Héctor NerisRPPhilliesFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Wily PeraltaRPRoyalsFree Agent
A.J. PollockCFDiamondbacksFree Agent
Michael WachaSPCardinalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Fiercely energetic Tim Anderson spiked his bat to celebrate a home run and Kansas City's Brad Keller responded by drilling him with a fastball, setting off a benches-clearing fracas in the Royals' 4-3, 10-inning victory over the Chicago White Sox on Wednesday.Anderson tossed his bat toward the White Sox dugout following his two-run drive in the fourth inning. Keller hit him in the buttocks with his first pitch leading off the sixth.Anderson, the AL's leading hitter, was restrained by Royals catcher Martin Maldonado but kept jawing with Keller on the way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.There were four ejections — Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum.Hunter Dozier led off the 10th with a tiebreaking homer against Nate Jones (0-1). His drive to left on a 2-0 fastbal... [More]
Wed Apr 1719:19Braves closer Vizcaino out for season after shoulder surgeryCraig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
A.J. MinterRPBravesFree Agent
Arodys VizcaínoRPBravesFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing right shoulder surgery.Vizcaino had the procedure Wednesday in New York. He pitched in four games this season, getting one save and allowing one run in four innings for the NL East champs.General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to sign free agent closer Craig Kimbrel and bring him back to Atlanta, and he indicated the Braves are exploring all available options."There's been a ton of turnover from the beginning of camp to where we are today," Anthopoulos said Wednesday. "I think it goes without saying we're going to look to do what we can both internally and externally."Even before Vizcaino got hurt, there's been speculation that Kimbrel, who closed games last season for the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, would return to the Braves, his original team.Anthopoulos declined to say if the ... [More]
Wed Apr 1719:18Detroit's Moore out for the season following surgeryMichael FulmerSPTigersFree Agent
Matt MooreSPTigersFree Agent
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit's Matt Moore is expected to miss the rest of the season after right knee surgery, the latest setback for the left-hander who was once one of the game's rising stars.The 29-year-old Moore signed with the Tigers in the offseason and did not allow a run in 10 innings this year, but he hurt his knee April 6 while trying to field a bunt.Moore said last weekend he had a tear in his meniscus, but the severity wasn't clear. Manager Ron Gardenhire provided more information Wednesday."He had the surgery, and they had to fix some things up in there, and he's out for the year," Gardenhire said.Moore was an All-Star in 2013 with Tampa Bay, but Tommy John surgery cost him almost all of 2014, and he hasn't been very effective since. He signed a $2.5 million, one-year contract with Detroit. That deal included an extra $1 million in performance bonuses, but none of those kick in until his 10th start."He was making a great comeback with us, throwing the ball really well, had a g... [More]
Wed Apr 1719:16Price criticizes MLB for teams idle on Jackie Robinson DayDavid PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price thinks Major League Baseball made a mistake by having just 10 games Monday on Jackie Robinson Day."Hey @mlb every year on April 15th we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day," Price tweeted Wednesday. "EVERYONE plays on that day next year deal? No one should have an off day let alone 10 teams!!"African American players dropped from 18 percent of the majors leagues in 1991 to 7.7 percent in 2017, then rose to 8.4 percent in 2018, according to The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at Central Florida. Price, who won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award, thinks more efforts on Jackie Robinson Day are needed.Jackie Robinson broke the major league color barrier for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947."1/3 of @mlb teams had an off day on Jackie Robinson day," tweeted Price, who is black. "I just can't wrap my head around that. We've had a problem for a while and this couldn't make it any more noticeable."This year, April 15 fell on a Monday. Mos... [More]
Wed Apr 1719:15Severino says he hurt lat muscle March 5, not during rehabLuis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Giancarlo StantonDHYankeesFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Yankees ace Luis Severino says he hurt his lat muscle warming up before his first scheduled spring training start March 5, though New York's medical staff did not diagnose the injury until April.When Severino first got hurt, the Yankees said the injury was right shoulder inflammation. After Severino threw on flat ground April 6 and felt like he had not progressed, the Yankees sent him for additional tests and announced the injury to the latissimus dorsi muscle in his back April 9.General manager Brian Cashman said last week he didn't know "how a lat strain during his rehab process could have occurred." Severino maintains the issue predated the rehab."I know something was going on," Severino said Wednesday.New York's updated timetable from last week estimated Severino could resume throwing around May 21.Catcher Gary Sánchez hopes to play in Sunday's homestand finale against Kansas City, the first day he is eligible to be activated from the injured list. Sánchez, recovering from a strained left calf, ran Wednesday for the second straight day and intends to resume outdoor batting practice Thursday.Giancarlo Stanton, who hasn't played since March 31 because of a strained left biceps, started hitting off a machine Tuesday. Manager Aaron Boone said it is too soon to determine whether Stanton can return during the West Coast trip that starts Monday.New York has 12 players on the injured list.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Wed Apr 1717:38Royals hit Anderson after ChiSox SS flips bat; benches clearTim AndersonSSWhite SoxFree Agent
Brad KellerSPRoyalsFree Agent
Martín MaldonadoCAstrosFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — White Sox youngster Tim Anderson was drilled by a fastball two innings after emphatically spiking his bat to celebrate a home run, sparking a benches-clearing fracas with the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday.Anderson chucked his bat toward Chicago's dugout while admiring his two-run shot off Brad Keller in the fourth. Keller plunked Anderson in the backside with his first pitch leading off the sixth.Anderson was quickly restrained by Kansas City catcher Martin Maldonado but jawed with Keller on his way to first base. The dugouts and bullpens emptied, though no punches appeared to be thrown. White Sox manager Rick Renteria and Royals bench coach Dale Sveum shoved each other, and the usually mild-mannered Renteria was particularly animated.Anderson, Keller, Renteria and Sveum were ejected.The White Sox and Royals also had a benches-clearing incident following one of Anderson's homers last April.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
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