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Thu Jul 1918:45Cubs place closer Morrow on 10-day DLAlbert AlmoraCFCubsFree Agent
Anthony BassRPCubsFree Agent
David Bote2BCubsFree Agent
Carl Edwards Jr.RPCubsFree Agent
Brandon MorrowRPCubsFree Agent
Rob ZastryznyRPCubsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs have placed closer Brandon Morrow on the 10-day disabled list with right biceps inflammation.Morrow has 22 saves and a 1.47 ERA in 35 games in his first season with the Cubs. The DL stint is retroactive to Monday.Morrow, who turns 34 on July 26, also spent time on the DL earlier this season with lower back tightness.The Cubs also activated outfielder Albert Almora Jr. and relievers Carl Edwards Jr. and Anthony Bass before Thursday night's game against St. Louis. Almora was placed on the family medical emergency list on Sunday. Edwards was on the paternity list, and Bass was sidelined by an illness.Infielder David Bote and reliever Rob Zastryzny were sent down to Triple-A Iowa.___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball
Thu Jul 1918:15A's release veteran reliever Santiago CasillaSantiago CasillaRPAthleticsFree Agent
Blake TreinenRPAthleticsFree Agent
Lou TrivinoRPAthleticsFree Agent
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics have released veteran reliever Santiago Casilla, five days after he was designated for assignment.The A's made the move Thursday.Casilla is 42-31 with 144 career saves in 15 seasons, but has been up and down with the A's this year while having control issues. Used primarily in middle relief, the right-hander has a 3.16 ERA despite 20 walks and four hit batters in 31 1/3 innings. He turns 38 next week,Casilla made his major league debut in 2004 and spent his first six seasons with the A's before signing with San Francisco in 2010. He returned to Oakland last year and had 16 saves.The A's have used a mostly young bullpen this season anchored by rookie Lou Trivino and All-Star closer Blake Treinen.
Thu Jul 1917:25At the break, Mariners in position to end playoff droughtMarco GonzalesSPMarinersFree Agent
Mitch HanigerRFMarinersFree Agent
Mike ZuninoCMarinersFree Agent
SEATTLE (AP) — At some point it's going to end. The feeling of imminent failure among some Seattle fans is going to manifest on the field and this unexpected season is going to start crumbling until it's just like each of the previous seasons since the Mariners last made the playoffs in 2001. It has to, right?That feeling is what nearly two decades without postseason baseball has created in the Pacific Northwest. While there is genuine excitement for what Seattle accomplished in the first 3½ months of the season there's also a sense of dread among the most fatalistic fans who have seen promising seasons go south before, and it won't go away until the Mariners officially end the longest current postseason drought in any of the four major pro sports.Lucky for the doubters, this team is showing the type of resilience needed to do just that."I think the thing I'm most proud of, I guess, with this group is the ability for them to be as tight as they are," Seattle manager Scott Servais sa... [More]
Thu Jul 1915:45Red Sox, Yankees heading for compelling AL East finishMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Adam CimberSPIndiansFree Agent
Sean DoolittleRPNationalsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BTwinsFree Agent
Cole HamelsSPRangersFree Agent
Brad HandRPIndiansFree Agent
Bryce HarperRFNationalsFree Agent
Matt HarveySPRedsFree Agent
Raisel IglesiasRPRedsFree Agent
Aaron JudgeRFYankeesFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Craig StammenRPPadresFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
Kirby YatesRPPadresFree Agent
Ryan Zimmerman1BNationalsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
CHICAGO (AP) — Mookie Betts and the major league-leading Red Sox are on pace for 100-plus wins. Same for Aaron Judge and the Yankees, and the World Series champion Astros, too.The Orioles, White Sox and Royals are on track to lose more than 100.It's the haves and the have-nots as baseball returns after the All-Star break."There's a few good teams out there that they're going to make it interesting in the second half," Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. "That's why you got to show up every day and keep playing. We had a great first part of the season, but that doesn't guarantee us anything in October, going to October."The Dodgers know all about October, and they are a World Series contender once again. Especially with the addition of Manny Machado.The NL West leaders got a head start on the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline by sending five prospects to Baltimore on Wednesday for Machado, an All-Star shortstop capable of powering Los Angeles to its first title in 30 years."Any time you h... [More]
Thu Jul 1914:45Indians bolster bullpen with All-Star Hand, rookie CimberCody AllenRPIndiansFree Agent
Adam CimberSPIndiansFree Agent
Brad HandRPIndiansFree Agent
Andrew MillerRPIndiansFree Agent
SAN DIEGO (AP) — With an eye on October and beyond, the AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians scooped up All-Star closer Brad Hand and fellow reliever Adam Cimber from the rebuilding San Diego Padres in exchange for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia.The Indians need Hand, a lefty, and Cimber, a rookie right-handed sidearmer, to shore up a bullpen that has been without left-hander Andrew Miller since late May and has a 5.28 ERA, second-worst in the majors. The trade was announced Thursday, well ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline."We tried to have a really honest assessment, what are our strengths and what are the areas we can improve to help better position us to secure a postseason berth and advance once we get there," Indians President Chris Antonetti said in a conference call. "This not only impacts 2018, but it also reinforces our bullpen options for future years. Both of these guys, Brad and Adam, can do that for us."The Indians lead the AL Central by 7 ½ games... [More]
Thu Jul 1913:55Rockies roll into 2nd half behind Story and solid pitchingNolan Arenado3BRockiesFree Agent
Charlie BlackmonCFRockiesFree Agent
David DahlLFRockiesFree Agent
Wade DavisRPRockiesFree Agent
Ian Desmond1BRockiesFree Agent
Adam OttavinoRPRockiesFree Agent
Gerardo ParraLFRockiesFree Agent
Bryan ShawRPRockiesFree Agent
Trevor StorySSRockiesFree Agent
DENVER (AP) — The Colorado Rockies are finding their stride behind a shortstop who's cutting down on his strikeouts, a converted first baseman who's rediscovering his swing and a rotation that's turning in quality start after quality start.On top of that, third baseman Nolan Arenado's turning in an MVP-caliber season yet again.An NL wild-card team a year ago, Colorado is pushing to make the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in franchise history. The Rockies trail the Los Angeles Dodgers by two games in a tightly bunched NL West race. Riding a five-game winning streak, the Rockies open the second half Friday by traveling to Arizona and facing a Diamondbacks squad that's 1½ games ahead of them in the standings."Guys are really stepping up," said Arenado, who's hitting .312 with 23 homers and playing the hot corner so expertly that a sixth straight Gold Glove looks like a formality. "Everyone has been contributing."Leading the way of late is shortstop Trevor Story . H... [More]
Thu Jul 1913:35Red hot Red Sox confident they won't cool off in 2nd halfMookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Xander BogaertsSSRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPAstrosFree Agent
David PriceSPRed SoxFree Agent
Chris SaleSPRed SoxFree Agent
Brandon WorkmanRPRed SoxFree Agent
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox had the second-best start in franchise history, and still they are struggling to shake the New York Yankees in the AL East.So manager Alex Cora doesn't have to fear that they will lose their focus when they return from the All-Star break."There's a few good teams out there, that they're going to make it interesting in the second half," he said last week. "I still feel we can be better. We've still got some challenges in front of us. Just because we had a good first half of the season doesn't mean we're going to go all the way."After winning 12 of their last 13 games to reach the break with the best record in baseball (68-30), the Red Sox have a season-high 4 1/2-game lead in the division. Their .694 winning percentage is second-best to the 1946 team that Ted Williams led to the All-Star break at .701 (54-23). That team started 68-28-2, the only one in franchise history to fare better in its first 98 games."Hopefully when we come back we'll pick it up ... [More]
Thu Jul 1912:55Pre-break surge by Twins might not be enough in loaded ALByron BuxtonCFTwinsFree Agent
Jason CastroCTwinsFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BTwinsFree Agent
Eduardo EscobarSSTwinsFree Agent
Lance LynnSPTwinsFree Agent
Joe Mauer1BTwinsFree Agent
Logan MorrisonDHTwinsFree Agent
Jorge PolancoSSTwinsFree Agent
Addison ReedRPTwinsFree Agent
Eddie RosarioLFTwinsFree Agent
Miguel Sano3BTwinsFree Agent
Ervin SantanaSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins took nine wins from an 11-game home stand into the All-Star break, a midsummer surge that can boost a middling team into the postseason race.This might not be that kind of year in the American League."I just wish we had more games ahead of us," first baseman Joe Mauer said.Ervin Santana is almost ready to rejoin the rotation. Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are expected back soon from minor league sabbaticals. Even if reinforcements help maintain this momentum, though, the strength of the league leaders might render it moot.Boston, Houston and New York are all on pace for 100 wins, with Seattle right behind. The Twins earned the second wild card spot last season with an 85-77 record that likely won't come close to qualifying this time. They're 44-50 now, 13 games behind the Mariners with Oakland, Tampa Bay and Los Angeles between them.Catching Cleveland, which leads the AL Central division by 7½ games, is the only realistic path."I think we will p... [More]
Thu Jul 1912:35Indians bolster bullpen with All-Star Hand, CimberAdam CimberSPIndiansFree Agent
Brad HandRPIndiansFree Agent
CLEVELAND (AP) — The AL Central-leading Cleveland Indians have bolstered their bullpen with the acquisition of lefty All-Star closer Brad Hand and reliever Adam Cimber from the San Diego Padres in exchange for catching prospect Francisco Mejia.The trade was announced Thursday morning.Hand is coming off his second straight All-Star Game appearance. Known for his slider, he has 24 saves with a 3.05 ERA and 65 strikeouts.Cimber, a sidearmer, is 3-5 with a 3.17 ERA in 42 relief appearances this season for the rebuilding Padres.Mejía was batting .279 with seven home runs and 45 RBIs in 79 games for Triple-A Columbus.The Indians lead the AL Central by 7 ½ games over Minnesota. The Padres, who haven't been to the playoffs since 2006, are last in the NL West, 14 ½ games behind Los Angeles.
Thu Jul 1900:00Angels praise Mike Trout for 'prioritizing personal values'Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance in the All-Star Game in Washington, then extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family."We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged and in helping players develop their individual brands.Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing."Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain deci... [More]
Wed Jul 1823:40Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from OriolesCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Brad BrachRPOriolesFree Agent
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Yusniel DiazLFDodgersFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2BDodgersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Max Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
Justin Turner3BDodgersFree Agent
Breyvic Valera2BOriolesFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.The Orioles received five prospects: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-handers Dean Kremer and Zach Pop, and third basemen Rylan Bannon and Breyvic Valera.Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65).Machado is expected to be introduced in Milwaukee on Friday before the Dodgers open a series against the Brewers."We viewed Manny Machado as a big difference maker," Dodgers general manager Farhan Zaidi said.The Dodgers are in a close race in the NL West, leading Arizona by a half-game going into the second half."Our first hope is we have a division-winning roster," Zaidi said. "Any time you have a chance to add an impact player in a tight division r... [More]
Wed Jul 1822:20Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from OriolesCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Brad BrachRPOriolesFree Agent
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Yusniel DiazLFDodgersFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2BDodgersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Max Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
Breyvic Valera2BOriolesFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.The Orioles received five prospects: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera.Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65).Machado is expected to be introduced in Milwaukee on Friday before the Dodgers open a series against the Brewers.Machado's contract expires at the end of the season, and the last-place Orioles decided against negotiating an expensive, multi-year extension because they have too many holes as the team moves into a rebuilding mode."We tried to maintain a competitive club this year, and that's why we resisted the offers we had in the offseas... [More]
Wed Jul 1822:20Teams looking for hitters have options besides Manny MachadoAsdrubal Cabrera2BMetsFree Agent
Shin-Soo ChooDHRangersFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBlue JaysFree Agent
Eduardo EscobarSSTwinsFree Agent
Scooter Gennett2BRedsFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BRoyalsFree Agent
Wilson RamosCRaysFree Agent
Manny Machado will be wearing a new uniform when he plays his next game, and other hitters will be on the move in the next couple weeks.Even after Machado was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, teams seeking to boost their offense will have several options to land a big bat. The four-time All-Star with the Baltimore Orioles was the most coveted player available on the trade market.There's only one Machado, but several guys can bolster a team's starting lineup and make an impact down the stretch.Here are eight hitters who may have new teams before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline:MIKE MOUSTAKAS: After smacking a career-best 38 homers for the Kansas City Royals last year, the two-time All-Star third baseman didn't get a lucrative deal in free agency and returned on a one-year deal for $6.5 million plus a mutual option for 2019. He has 19 homers and 58 RBIs but is only batting .249 for the worst team in the majors.SCOOTER GENNETT: The Cincinnati Reds aren't going anywhere and they'd ... [More]
Wed Jul 1821:50Dodgers land All-Star shortstop Manny Machado from OriolesCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Brad BrachRPOriolesFree Agent
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Yusniel DiazLFDodgersFree Agent
Logan Forsythe2BDodgersFree Agent
Kiké HernándezLFDodgersFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Max Muncy1BDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
Chris TaylorCFDodgersFree Agent
Breyvic Valera2BOriolesFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, getting the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.The Orioles received five prospects in the deal: outfielder Yusniel Diaz, right-hander Dean Kremer, third baseman Rylan Bannon, righty Zach Pop and third baseman Breyvic Valera.Machado, a 26-year-old power hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65).Machado is expected to be introduced in Milwaukee on Friday before the Dodgers open a series against the Brewers.Machado's contract expires at the end of the season, and the last-place Orioles decided against negotiating an expensive, multi-year extension because they have too many holes as the team moves into a rebuilding mode.Though only a summer rental, Machado was coveted by a variety of contenders, including Philade... [More]
Wed Jul 1821:20Machado exit could start a trend for underachieving OriolesBrad BrachRPOriolesFree Agent
Zach BrittonRPOriolesFree Agent
Kevin GausmanSPOriolesFree Agent
Adam JonesCFOriolesFree Agent
Caleb JosephCOriolesFree Agent
Manny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BOriolesFree Agent
Danny Valencia1BOriolesFree Agent
BALTIMORE (AP) — Buried in the AL East cellar and well on their way to a second straight losing season, the Baltimore Orioles enter the so-called second half with this unavoidable realization: It's time to break up the band.The trade of shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night started the inevitable rebuilding process for a team that has bottomed out in 2018. After reaching the playoffs in 2012, 2014 and 2016, the Orioles own the second-worst record (28-69) in the major leagues, have endured six losing streaks of at least a half-dozen games and have been shut out nine times.Thus, Baltimore approaches the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline in full selling mode. The exit of Machado could be followed by the departure of outfielder Adam Jones, lefty Zach Britton and right-hander Brad Brach, all of whom are in the final year of their contracts."Obviously, you never want to be in a position to sell, but that's just the nature of this business," nine-year veteran... [More]
Wed Jul 1821:00Angels praise Mike Trout for 'prioritizing personal values'Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance in the All-Star Game in Washington then extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family."We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged and in helping players develop their individual brands.Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing."Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain decis... [More]
Wed Jul 1820:49MLB: Hader must take sensitivity training after tweetsLorenzo CainCFBrewersFree Agent
Josh HaderRPBrewersFree Agent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball said Wednesday that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game.MLB announced the commissioner's office would require Hader to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives in addition to the sensitivity training. In a statement, Brewers general manager David Stearns said the team will continue to work through the issue with Hader.Several of Hader's tweets from 2011 and 2012 came to light Tuesday night while Hader was pitching in the All-Star Game. Hader learned of the situation when he left the game. He apologized and took responsibility for the tweets, saying they did not reflect his values or the person he is now."During last night's game we became aware of Mr. Hader's unacceptable social media comments in years past and have since been in communication with the Brewers regarding our shared concerns," MLB ... [More]
Wed Jul 1820:29AP Source: Dodgers land All-Star Machado from OriolesManny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
Corey SeagerSSDodgersFree Agent
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes, garnering the prized All-Star shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles in a trade Wednesday night.A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed the trade to The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal has not yet been announced.Machado, a power-hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65).Machado's contract expires at the end of the season, and the last-place Orioles decided against negotiating an expensive, multi-year extension because they have too many holes as the team moves into a rebuilding mode.Though only a summer rental, Machado was coveted by a variety of contenders, including Philadelphia, Milwaukee, the Chicago Cubs and Arizona, currently a half-game behind the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.Los Angeles gets... [More]
Wed Jul 1820:09AP Source: Orioles trade All-Star Machado to DodgersManny MachadoSSDodgersFree Agent
A person with knowledge of the deal says the Baltimore Orioles have traded All-Star shortstop Manny Machado to the Los Angeles Dodgers.The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the deal has not yet been announced.Machado, a power-hitter with extraordinary fielding skills, greatly improves the Dodgers' chances of reaching the World Series for a second consecutive year. He led Baltimore in batting average (.315), home runs (24) and RBIs (65).
Wed Jul 1819:00Angels praise Mike Trout for 'prioritizing personal values'Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.The team released a statement Wednesday congratulating Trout on his performance in the All-Star Game in Washington then extolled the time he spends visiting hospitals, schools and charities and the quality time he spends with family."We applaud him for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion," the statement said. "That is rare in today's society and stands out as much as his extraordinary talent."A day earlier, Manfred said MLB was interested in having players more engaged and in helping players develop their individual brands.Manfred said Trout chooses not to spend his down time marketing."Mike's a great, great player and a really nice person, but he's made certain decis... [More]
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