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Close Races for Rookie of the Year in Both Leagues

With just 10 games remaining in the 2016 Major League Baseball regular season, means the votes for Rookie of the Year for both leagues will be coming in soon. The race for rookie of the year in the National League is led by Corey Seager, the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop. Seager has already played in 146 of the Dodgers’ games. He has batted .313 with 25 home runs along with 39 doubles. Seager has played over 1,200 innings of defense at shortstop, is hitting like a veteran and plays one of the toughest positions in the game. He could even be a... 
 

MLB Clears both Zimmerman and Howard of PED Allegations

Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman and Philadelphia Phillies’ Ryan Howard were both cleared of allegations they had used performance enhancing drugs. Major League Baseball found those allegations not to be true. Pharmacist Charlie Sly had claimed in a documentary by Al-Jazeera America called “The Dark Side,” which was first broadcast last December that both players had used banned PED’s. Through just a brief statement on Friday, the league said the investigation it carried out did not find any violations by Zimmerman or Howard of the... 
 

American League East Odds and Ends

One of the best divisions in Major League Baseball this season has been the American League East. Four of the five teams in the division are currently over .500. As of the writing of this article, the Baltimore Orioles and the Toronto Blue Jays were separated by just percentage points. The Orioles are sitting on .574 and the Blue Jays .573 at the top of the division, with Baltimore having played two games less than Toronto. The Boston Red Sox are just two games back in third place and the New York Yankees are 7 ½ games back in fourth. The only... 
 

Dodgers and Reds Putting Together Possible Three-Team Deal

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is less than two days away. Some teams in the hunt for players to help their stretch run towards the postseason have already made big trades, while others are still trying to find their “perfect fit.” One of those teams is the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Dodgers sit in second place in the National League West just one game behind the free falling San Francisco Giants. The Dodgers are said to be trying to acquire Jay Bruce the Cincinnati Reds outfielder who is currently on a home run tear hitting 6 round... 
 

Mike Scioscia Protests Game Following Long Dispute

Late Wednesday night, Los Angeles Angels’ manager Mike Scioscia had the official rulebook for Major League Baseball on his desk following the Angels loss to the Kansas City Royals 7-5. Shortly after the media left the clubhouse, Phil Cuzzi the umpire who caused Scioscia to gripe met with the manager of the Angels behind closed doors. The meeting lasted for about 30 minutes as the two hashed out a critical play that took place during the seventh inning. The play featured an errant throw by Matt Shoemaker, which may have cost Los Angeles the game... 
 

MLB Trade Deadline Approaches With Teams Looking to Fill Voids

The Major League Baseball trade deadline is quickly approaching. The deadline is on August 1 for acquiring players for a team’s stretch run or at the same time trade away veterans in preparation for building the team for the future. A number of teams on each side of the coin are discussing possible deals with the hopes that they land players to help them win the World Series this season, or to build their corps of talent for a future run to the Fall Classic. The Chicago Cubs struggled prior to the All-Star break and could be looking to add pitching... 
 

Cubs Host Rangers in Possible Preview of World Series

Some are calling it a preview of the Fall Classic while others believe it is just another interleague matchup of two playoff quality teams. Whatever you wish to call it, the weekend series between the American League West leading Texas Rangers and the National League Central leading Chicago Cubs will be exciting. As Major League Baseball re-starts after its annual All-Star Game break the Rangers and Cubs begin their second half of the season playing one another at Wrigley field. Both are their league’s best teams record wise. Texas has activated... 
 

Mike Trout Leads Off All Star Game with Another Hit

Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout was about to play in his fifth All-Star Game in his five full Major League Baseball seasons on Tuesday night at Petco Park in San Diego. His mind however was not tuned to just the game as he could be seen darting in and out of the home clubhouse busing doing promotions, making appearances on TV, signing jerseys and not really thinking of the game until it was nearly time to have batting practice. He is getting used to doing these types of things at All-Star games even though he is just 24. He also has found... 
 

Dodgers Bullpen Coming Up Big During Kershaw Injury

Kenta Maeda was the first starting pitcher for the Los Angeles Dodgers to pitch during the seventh inning since June 20, when injured ace Clayton Kershaw last pitched into the seventh inning. That statistic is a great example of how important Kershaw is to the entire pitching rotation. It speaks volumes as well to how much the bullpen for the Dodgers has stepped up during his absence and helped the Dodgers to an 8-3 record since the star pitcher when on the disabled listed at the end of June. The bullpen has been ready every time the call has come,... 
 

Home Run Derby Participants Announced

The lineup for the T-Mobile Home Run Derby was announced Thursday. The eight players that make up the field make this derby high-powered with a set of strong sluggers that could light up the southern California sky in San Diego on Monday night at Petco Park. Six of the eight participants in the derby will take part in the All-Star Game on Tuesday as well. The field also was given a boost from two wild card picks including Todd Frazier the defending home run derby champion and Giancarlo Stanton the slugger for the Miami Marlins. Stanton enters this... 
 

Fallout from Sunday Brawl Announced by MLB

Rougned Odor the second baseman for the Texas Rangers was given a suspension of 8 games for landing a straight right to the face of Jose Bautista a slugger for the Toronto Blue Jays this past Sunday. Major League Baseball officials announced the suspensions late Tuesday. Bautista was given a one-game suspension for his role in the brawl and comments made after the game. In all, 14 players and coaches were disciplined by MLB for roles they played in the brawl. Elvis Adrus a shortstop for Texas was given a one game suspension for the “aggressive... 
 

Windy City Rules Majors League Baseball Early

Chicago is the capital of Major Baseball thus far early in the season. After just six weeks of the regular season, both the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago White Sox are dominating baseball The latest power rankings have been released by different baseball writers and most have the Cubs as the unanimous choice at No. 1 with the White Sox a close No. 2. It is early, but Chicago has a great deal to brag about, as its two teams boast the two biggest division leads in baseball. While the other franchise known as the Sox, those that play at Fenway Park... 
 

St. Louis Struggles But Stephen Piscotty Remains Rock Solid

While the Washington Nationals attempted to get him to go after sliders and the Philadelphia Phillies kept buzzing fastballs at his hands, one of the best young players in the game, Stephen Piscotty continues to hurt opposing pitching. The St. Louis Cardinals’ Piscotty is now making opposing pitchers pay for putting runners on base in front of him as he is at his most dangerous at that time. Piscotty has matured in just 29 games and has the ability to adapt which is the foundation for St. Louis’ offense being better than was expected. The Cardinals... 
 

Bryce Harper Inks 10 Year Extension With Under Armour

Bryce Harper will likely sign a new deal worth about $400 million one day. Until then, a new deal with Under Armour will make him plenty wealthy. Harper just signed an extension to his endoresement deal with the athletic apparel maker believed to be the biggest ever by a MLB player. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Harper,became the youngest player ever to unanimously win an MVP award, has endorsed Under Armour since 2011 and will begin selling Harper’s first signature cleat, the Under Armour Harper One, in July. By retaining Harper,... 
 

Braves Finalize Roster, Michael Bourn DFA’d

The Atlanta Braves finalized their 25 man roster and the moves left two-time all-star and Gold Glove winner Michael Bourn looking for work. The Braves now have 10 days to either release or trade Bourne.  Emilio Bonifacio was also designated for assignment. The team continues its move towards youth. The Braves’ two highest-paid players this year will be Bourn and Nick Swisher, both of whom are now gone. The team chose to keep veteran Drew Stubbs, who signed with the Braves on March 30 after his release by the Texas Rangers. Bourn was thought... 
 

Rockies Reach Agreement with DJ LeMahieu on two-year deal

Arbitration season in Major League Baseball reached a conclusion just as pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training. The Colorado Rockies inked 27-year-old All-Star second baseman DJ LeMahieu to a two-year, $7.8 million deal. The LSU product, who was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Cubs in 2009 and arrived in Colorado via trade in December 2011, filed for a $3.3 million salary while the Rockies countered at $2.8 million. LeMahieu will receive $3 million in 2016 and $4.8 million in 2017. If he does not sign another extension,... 
 

2016 Boston Red Sox Preview, Projections and Question Marks

On paper, it appears that the Boston Red Sox have few holes. This is why they are projected by multiple media outlets and oddsmakers to win the American League East and even reach the World Series. A team’s appearance on paper in February does not guarantee a parade in late October, and the Red Sox do have their share of questions to answer as spring training nears. Here are five topics that will determine whether the club contends for the postseason or matches last year’s finish in the American League East basement: Hanley Ramirez,... 
 

Aroldis Chapman Traded to New York Yankees for Package of Prospects

The New York Yankees and Cinncinnati Reds have agreed in a trade sending prized closer, Aroldis Chapman, to the Yankees in exchange for a package of four minor league prospects, including: Eric Jagielo, Caleb Cotham, Rookie Davis and Tony Renda. Chapman is far and away the biggest name in the deal, arguably the best closer in baseball, posting a 1.14 WHIP to go with a 1.63 ERA and 15.7 K/9 last season, which was on the low end of his career numbers.  The 27-year-old is in his prime and could be a free agent after 2016, but faces potential punishment... 
 

Chicago Cubs Continue Busy Off-season, Add Jason Heyward and May Not Be Done

Jason Heyward chose the Chicago Cubs over returning to the St. Louis Cardinals and has agreed to terms on an 8-year, $184 million deal. The deal includes two opt-outs — after the third year and the fourth, if he exceeds a plate-appearance threshold. The move to add Heyward comes after free -agent Ben Zobrist signed on Tuesday to replace Starlin Castro, who was simultaneously traded to the New York Yankees for right-hander Adam Warren. Heyward seems to be a good bet to play center in 2016, with Jorge Soler in right and Kyle Schwarber in... 
 

Braves Trade Shelby Miller to Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Top Prospects

One year after trading Jason Heyward for Shelby Miller, the Atlanta Braves have traded their young pitching stud in a new package for a promising young player and prospects. Miller, 25-years-old with three years of team control left, was sent to the Diamondbacks in exchange for outfielder, 25-year-old Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect, Aaron Blair and former number one overall shortstop, Dansby Swanson. For the Diamondbacks, it’s a deal which sets up the front of the rotation for several years. After signing Zack Greinke last week and being... 
 

After Signing Ben Zobrist, Cubs Trade Starlin Castro to Yankees

The Chicago Cubs played musical chairs with its middle infield in the past few hours, signing 34-year-old Ben Zobrist to a four year deal worth $56 million and trading away 25-year-old former All-Star, Starlin Castro, to the Yankees for Adam Warren and Brendan Ryan. For Chicago, the deal went beyond age. The Cubs are one of the youngest teams in the game and were clearly looking for veteran leadership, which will be found from a former player of Manager, Joe Maddon, in Zobrist, who was a key acquisition for the Royals en route to their first World... 
 

Yankees Face Multiple Options Going Forward This Winter

With the ink of David Price‘s new contract still drying in the front office of their arch rival, the New York Yankees face multiple options for how they will proceed this winter. Winter Meetings will be in full effect shortly where the position player market is likely to heat up after the Big Three of pitchers (Jordan Zimmerman, Price and Zack Greinke) are all likely to be off the boards by the end of business on Friday. Fortunately for the Yankees, free agent pitching is not its biggest need this winter. Ivan Nova is likely to be tendered... 
 

Red Sox Reach Agreement With David Price, 7 Years $217 Million

The Boston Red Sox have reportedly reached an agreement with free-agent left-hander David Price on a seven-year deal worth $217 million. Price is coming off a 2015 season where he pitched to a 2.45 ERA over 220 1/3 innings of work for the Detroit Tigers and the Toronto Blue Jays. Over his career, Price owns an ERA of 3.09 across parts of eight major-league seasons for the  Tampa Bay Rays, Tigers and Blue Jays. Price won the AL Cy Young Award in 2012, and he has worked at least 200 innings in five of the past six seasons. The $217 million contract... 
 

Cubs Jake Arieta Wins National League Cy Young

Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs aced out Dodgers stars Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw for the NL Cy Young Award while Houston lefty Dallas Keuchel won the AL honor Wednesday. In what was expected to be a tighter three-person race, Arrieta got 17 first-place votes for 169 points from members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Greinke drew 10 first-place votes and had 147 points. Kershaw had the other three firsts and 101 points. Arrieta led the majors in wins, going 22-6. He went 11-0 in his last 12 starts, pushing the Cubs... 
 

Astros Dallas Keuchel Wins American League Cy Young

Houston Astros Dallas Keuchel won the American League Cy Young Award announced on Wednesday.  Keuchel got 22 first-place votes for 186 points. David Price drew eight first-place votes and 143 points for his split season with Detroit and Toronto and Oakland’s Sonny Gray finished third. Keuchel led the AL in wins, going 20-8 and helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. The bearded 27-year-old with a dominant sinker and sharp slider had a 2.48 ERA and 216 strikeouts. Price went 18-5 with a 2.45 ERA and 225 strikeouts.... 
 

Rangers Jeff Banister American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister garnered 17 first-place votes and 112 points, easily topping Houston’s A.J. Hinch and Hall of Famer Paul Molitor from the Minnesota Twins, another rookie skipper to win American League Manager of the Year Banister joined Houston’s Hal Lanier (1986), San Francisco’s Dusty Baker (1993), Florida’s Joe Girardi (2006) and Washington’s Matt Williams (2014) as the only men to win in their first season as a major league manager. “To be able to have this in year one – tremendous,” Banister said.... 
 

Cubs Joe Maddon National League Manager of the Year

Chicago Cubs skipper Joe Maddon was named National League Manager of the Year on Tuesday. In his first season with the Chicago Cubs, Maddon took the National League prize following the club’s first postseason appearance since 2008. He also won in the AL with Tampa Bay in 2008 and 2011. The Cubs finished 97-65, a 24-win improvement that represented the majors’ biggest turnaround, in posting their first winning record since 2009. “It’s really good to know that what you believe in works in other places,” Maddon said during... 
 

Rookie of the Year Awards: Cubs Kris Bryant, Astros Carlos Correa

Chicago Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant was a unanimous pick as NL Rookie of the Year, and Houston Astros shortstop Carlos Correa was voted the AL honor. Bryant made his debut on April 17 and became an NL All-Star. The 23-year-old hit .275, leading big league rookies with 26 homers, 31 doubles and 99 RBIs as Chicago returned to the playoffs for the first time since 2008 He received all 30 first-place votes for 150 points from the Baseball Writers’ Association of America in balloting announced Monday. San Francisco third baseman Matt Duffy... 
 

Johnny Cueto Dominates Mets – Royals up 2-0 in World Series

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Following the final out, after Johnny Cueto completed his two-hitter, several hundred fans remained in Kauffman Stadium, wanting one more look at the Kansas City Royals. The next time they see Eric Hosmer and his teammates may be in a parade. After smothering the Mets 7-1 Wednesday night with Cueto and their pesky offense, the Royals have a 2-0 World Series lead and can capture their first title since 1985 when play resumes at New York’s Citi Field this weekend. “As a hitter, it’s all about timing,... 
 

Royals Win Game One of World Series in 14 Innings

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Alex Gordon hit a tying home run with one out in the ninth inning, Eric Hosmer hit a sacrifice fly against Bartolo Colon in the 14th and the Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets 5-4 on Tuesday night in the longest opener in World Series history. Making his Series debut at age 42, Colon escaped a bases-loaded jam in the 12th, then got out of trouble again after allowing a leadoff hit in the 13th. Alcides Escobar, who hit an inside-the-park home run on Matt Harvey’s first pitch of the night, reached leading off the... 
 

Cespedes, Conforto Stake Mets to Early Lead

Yoenis Cespedes and Michael Conforto staked the New York Mets to an early 2-0 lead with the second inning solo homers hit off Dodgers starter Zack Greinke in Game 2 of the National League Division Series on Saturday night at Dodger Stadium. Conforto drilled a homer in his first career postseason plate appearance. The rookie outfielder turned on a 2-1 fastball and then reacted when it banged off the right-field foul pole. Your browser does not support iframes. Per the Elias Sports Bureau, Conforto joined Edgardo Alfonzo (1999 NLDS) as the only... 
 

Cubs, Maddon Make all the Right Moves In Win

(AP) ST. LOUIS — For one inning, Jorge Soler and all those Chicago Cubs rookies looked like playoff-tested veterans, and the St. Louis Cardinals appeared shaken. That’s all it took. Behind Jorge Soler’s two-run homer and two successful squeeze bunt attempts, the Cubs scored five times in the second inning to win Game 2 of the NLDS. In Game 2 of the NLDS, the visiting Chicago Cubs used a five-run second inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 6-3 and even the series. Kyle Hendricks and Addison Russellhad successful squeeze... 
 

Rangers Adrian Beltre Ruled Out for Game 2 of ALDS

Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre has been ruled out for Friday’s Game 2 of the AL Division Series after suffering a back strain during the series opener. Beltre was hurt in the first inning of Thursdays 5-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. The loss of Beltre even for one game is significant. Beltre hit .287 with 18 homers and 87 RBIs this season. His two-out single in the third gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead over David Price and the Blue Jays. Beltre will get treatment for his back strain today and be reevaluated. “There... 
 

Cubs Roll Past Pirates Behind Jake Arrieta, Kyle Schwarber

Chicago Cubs 22 game winner Jake Arrieta handcuffed the Pittsburgh Pirates in complete game shutout, Kyle Schwarber drove in three runs, and Dexter Fowler slugged a solo homer to back up the effort, as the Cubs rolled past the Pittsburgh Pirates 4-0 in the National League Wild Card game to advance to the NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals. Arieta struck out 11 and allowed just four hits on 113 pitches. The NL Cy Young Award contender allowed only four earned runs in his final 12 starts of the season, a stretch in which he went 11-0 with a... 
 

Mets Matt Harvey Says He Will Pitch in the Playoffs

Apparently New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has his own plans with how many innings he will pitch in 2015 and it includes pitching in the Playoffs. Harvey penned his response to the innings-limit debate via The Players Tribune with a short, to the point response. “I understand the risks. I am also fully aware of the opportunity the Mets have this postseason,” Harvey wrote for the website, “Winning the division and getting to the playoffs is our goal. Once we are there, I will be there.” Over the weekend “know it all super... 
 

Luis Severino to Debut Thursday for Yankees

The New York Yankees may have struck out at the trade deadline but plan to impose its biggest transaction with itself by calling up top prospect, Luis Severino, to debut on Thursday. Severino, will be added to a rotation suddenly with a lot of question marks surrounding itself. CC Sabathia has reverted back to major struggles, most recently getting shelled by Texas on Thursday. Ivan Nova and Masahiro Tanaka have been inconsistent and Michael Pineda will be out at least a month with a strained forearm. Severino will take Pineda’s spot in the... 
 

Pitching Prospects Key to Blue Jays Future

As the Major League Baseball season reaches towards  the July 31st trade deadline, the Toronto Blue Jays remained in the hunt for their first playoff berth since claiming back-to-back World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. The Jays have regularly demonstrated their dominance at the plate this season, leading the majors with over 5.2 runs per game this year. But while the Blue Jays have had little difficulty running up the score, the club has struggled at times on the mound, leading to calls from fans and baseball writers alike for general manager... 
 

Rockies Deal Troy Tulowitzki to Blue Jays for Jose Reyes, Prospects

The Colorado Rockies stunned their fans and most of major league baseball dealing All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Toronto Blue Jays for José Reyes and a package of prospects. The Blue Jays also will receive reliever LaTroy Hawkins, while right-handers Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and Jesus Tinoco are the prospects going to the Rockies. Hoffman, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 Draft, is ranked as Toronto’s No. 3 prospect and the No. 69 prospect in the game, while Castro was ranked No. 5 and Tinoco No. 29 in Toronto’s... 
 

Pirates Rumors: Third Baseman Needs Come Into Focus

Versatile third baseman Josh Harrison will miss seven weeks after undergoing surgery for a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his left thumb, the Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Wednesday. Harrison’s injury arrives in the midst of his team’s eight-game winning streak that has lifted it within four games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League East with a 50-34 record. Pittsburgh currently owns a 3.5-game lead in the NL wild card race. The Pirates are also without outfielder Starling Marte, who left Sunday’s game after... 
 

Reds Trade Rumors: Johnny Cueto Very Much In Play

With one of the most dominant starts in all of baseball this season, Cincinnati Reds right-hander Johnny Cueto eased concerns from major league clubs interested in acquiring his services as the trade deadline nears. On Tuesday, the 29-year-old Dominican Republic native silenced the Washington Nationals by tossing a complete game, two-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts and one walk. He threw 122 pitches in Cincinnati’s 5-0 win and retired 17 of the final 18 batters he faced. The stellar performance could have been Cueto’s last with the Reds,... 
 

MLB Trade Rumors: Jonathan Papelbon, Francisco Rodriguez , Jason Grilli

Jonathan Papelbon has loudly voiced his desire for  a trade to a contender. Francisco Rodriguez could be on the move if the rebuilding Milwaukee Brewers get an offer they can’t refuse. Yet, for a contender that needs a closer – like the Toronto Blue Jays – Atlanta’s Jason Grilli would cost less in terms of salary and prospects. Over 35 games and 33.2 innings this year, the 38-year-old right-hander has a 2.67 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, 12.0 strikeouts per nine innings and 24 saves for a surprising Braves team that is 42-43, 4.5 games... 
 

Kansas City Royals DFA Jason Frasor

Traditional stats say that veteran right-hander Jason Frasor is having an effective season out of the Kansas City Royals bullpen. According to Sabermetrics, he is struggling. Based on the the latter, the Royals designated Frasor for assignment on Monday to make room on the active roster for outfielder Paulo Orlando. The 37-year-old Frasor was a key member of a Royals bullpen that was pivotal in the team’s American league pennant last season. He posted a 1.53 ERA, a 0.96 WHIP and a 4.0 strikeout-to-walk ratio over 23 appearances and 17.2 innings... 
 

2015 MLB All-Star Game Starters, Pitchers, Reserves Announced

Youth will be served at the 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati next Tuesday. A day after the starters were named, the reserves and pitchers were announced, as well as the 10 contenders for the MLB All-Star Game Final Vote. When introductions are made before Tuesday’s Midsummer Classic, fans will see 35 players who are 27 or younger. The game will also feature 28 first-time All-Stars. Each league’s roster will include 34 players, 33 of which were announced and the other to be decided by... 
 

Red Sox Looking for First Baseman, David Ortiz not the guy

Perhaps a sign that Father Time has tracked him down, David Ortiz is having his worst season to date since joining the Boston Red Sox before the 2003 campaign. On Sunday, that did not prevent manager John Farrell from starting the likely future Hall of Fame designated hitter at first base for the first time in a non-interleague game since 2006. It was an appearance that saw Ortiz make Major League Baseball history. According to Elias Sports, Sunday’s game against the Houston Astros at Fenway Park marked the first time in Boston’s 17,867-game... 
 

Nationals Stephen Strasburg to the DL, Deadline Trade Not Likely

Thanks to enviable starting pitching depth, the Washington Nationals are not likely to pursue a trade in the wake of Stephen Strasburg‘s trip to the 15-day disabled list. Strasburg, who has logged a gaudy 5.16 ERA and a .289 batting average against in 13 starts this season, departed his Fourth of July outing against San Francisco after 56 pitches. He induced a ground out from Buster Posey and then grabbed at his left side. MRI results on Sunday revealed a right oblique strain, prompting his second stint on the DL this year. He was placed their... 
 

Minnesota Twins Continue to Surprise in 2015

At 43-39 and in a tie with Baltimore for the second wild card spot in the American League, the Minnesota Twins are one of baseball’s biggest surprises in 2015. First-year manager Paul Molitor‘s club received a boost with the return of Ervin Santana. On Sunday, the veteran right-hander made his regular season debut after serving an 80-game suspension for the use of a performance-enhancing drug, getting a no-decision while allowing two runs and three hits over eight innings in Minnesota’s 3-2 loss to Kansas City. The Twins fell 4.5... 
 

MLB All- Star Starters Include New Faces

It has been a long time – 15 years, to be exact – since a Kansas City Royals player was voted by fans as part of the American League All-Star starting lineup. In 2000, outfielder  Jermaine Dye received the honor. On Sunday, it was announced that four Royals – outfielders Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon, catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar – were named by fans as part of the AL starting lineup for the Mid-Summer Classic slated for July 14 at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. The Royals, which won its first... 
 

Red Sox Pitching Finds Bright Spot In Eduardo Rodriguez

Now six games out of first place in the American League East after a 5-4 victory on Sunday, the Boston Red Sox still have an unsettled starting rotation with Joe Kelly trying to find his way at Triple-A Pawtucket, inconsistent right-hander Justin Masterson sent to the bullpen after another erratic outing on Saturday and projected ace Rick Porcello struggling with a 4-6 record and a 6.09 ERA.  At least there is one reliable arm to accompany Clay Buchholz and his 3.27 ERA. That starter is 22-year-old rookie left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez. The Red... 
 

Tigers Miguel Cabrera to the DL for the First Time in Career

Detroit Tigers manager Brad Ausmus saw slugger Miguel Cabrera leave last night’s game with a left calf strain suffered while running the bases and knew it was not going to be good news after the game. He was right. The Tigers placed the veteran Cabrera on the 15 day DL, marking the first time he has ever been on the disabled list in his career according to MLB.com ”I’m not optimistic at all,” Ausmus said afterwards. ”When Miggy says he can’t play, it is serious, because Miggy plays through everything.” The... 
 

Boston Red Sox Rumors: Games Before All-Start Break Will Decide Direction

Will the Red Sox buy or sell before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline? The likely answer to this widely discussed question across New England will become clearer in the club’s eight games leading to the All-Star break. As the season has reached the official halfway point of 81 games, they are 37-44 and six games behind first place Baltimore and New York in the American League East as well as six games out in the wild card standings. Boston opens a three-game series tonight against the surprising Houston Astros at Fenway Park before hosting... 
 
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