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Todd Frazier Traded to Yankees for Blake Rutherford and Others

Todd Frazier was acquired by the New York Yankees from the Chicago White Sox, along with Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson the teams announced late Tuesday. In exchange the White Sox received Blake Rutherford an outfielder who was the first round pick for New York in 2016, Ian Clarkin a southpaw pitching prospect, minor leaguer Tito Polo and Tyler Clippard a right-handed reliever with the Yankees. Clippard’s contract will help offset some money in the deals for Robertson and Frazier, who is a New Jersey native, and said it felt surreal to be returning... 
 

Tigers Would Include Cash in Verlander Deal and Other MLB Trade Rumors

As with each year following the annual All-Star break, rumors continue about possible trades of high-profile players as teams competing for a postseason berth and a World Series title try to find the missing piece or pieces to their championship puzzle. The annual trade deadline of July 31 is still 13 days away, but that does not stop the trade rumors from surfacing around the league. Last Thursday the season’s first big deal was completed when pitcher Jose Quintana was traded by the Chicago White Sox to cross-city rivals the Chicago Cubs for... 
 

Todd Frazier Trade to Boston Appears to Be Decided

The trade rumor mill is starting to turn more and more each day as the calendar nears the trade deadline of July 31. One move that baseball insiders say is inevitable is Chicago White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier being acquired by the Boston Red Sox. Frazier is a good source of power from the right-hand side of the plate and the White Sox are willing to part with veterans in exchange for prospects. Frazier will also become a free agent following the current season and contracts that are expiring are ones that are often on the trade block for teams... 
 

Chicago White Sox Continue Rebuild Without Jose Quintana

The Chicago White are rebuilding and that continued this week when they traded away their ace left-hander Jose Quintana to the Chicago Cubs. It was the first time a player said his goodbyes due to trade deadline deals, but it likely will not be the last for White Sox players currently on the roster. It is expected that players such as David Robertson the team’s closer and Todd Frazier its starting third baseman could also be traded before the trade deadline of July 31. That will surely make things more difficult for current manager Rick Renteria... 
 

Mike Trout Returns from Injury With Single and Stole Base

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout was never comfortable during his 39 games recovering from a thumb injury. The two-time American League MVP is happy to have returned to action with close to half the regular season left. On Friday night, Trout was in the lineup for the Angels and was 1-for-5 with a single during the third inning. This was the first game the Angels played since the All-Star break that began last Monday. Trout stole second sliding head first apparently with no worries about re-injuring his thumb in the same fashion he originally... 
 

Chicago Cubs Strengthen Rotation Through Trade for Jose Quintana

The Chicago Cubs took a head start on other major league baseball teams in looking for new starting pitching by trading for Jose Quintana with the Chicago White Sox for four prospects including Dylan Cease, Eloy Jimenez and two other minor leaguers. Theo Epstein the president of baseball operations with the Cubs said the trade was not completed because of how the team played during the first half of the season. The Cubs start following the All-Star break on Friday 5 ½ games behind first place Milwaukee in the National League Central. Epstein said... 
 

Players Know They Could Go From All-Star Game to Trade Block

With the Major League Baseball All-Star Game now in the rearview mirror and only 18 days remain before the non-waivers trade deadline, some players know their names will start appearing on the trade block. One such player is relief pitcher Pat Neshek. He knows he could be packing his bags as soon as he returns to Philadelphia where he currently plays for the Phillies. Neshek pitched the second inning for the National League in the Tuesday All-Star Game and did not allow any runs. He knows as do other talented players playing on poor teams that little... 
 

All-Star Game Results No Longer Have October Importance

Major League Baseball enjoyed a successful All-Star Game with the game decided by a 10th inning home run off the bat of Robinson Cano. However, the outcome of the game no longer has any influence over the World Series in October. Home field advantage during the Fall Classic is no longer decided by what team wins the All-Star Game but rather by the better winning percentage of the two pennant winners. Despite the game’s motto being it counts this time, that was attached by MLB when the correlation between the result of the All-Star Game and World... 
 

Michael Jordan and Derek Jeter May Buy Miami Marlins

Reports and rumors abound in Major League Baseball as they do in every sport. Trying to determine between true and false and speculation and fact can be hard. It was reported that Jeb Bush and Derek Jeter had agreed to a deal of $1.3 billion to acquire the Miami Marlins three months ago, but it turned out that the two did not have sufficient money and were having problems finding investors that had it and would invest it. Over the last three months Bush left the buying group of Jeter and joined that of Tagg Romney, but the former New York Yankees... 
 

First Half Favorites for MLB Awards

Major League Baseball has reached its All-Star Game break with the conclusion of Sunday’s games. Teams will rest for four days prior to beginning their stretch run to the postseason and the season-ending World Series. At this time, the Houston Astros and Los Angeles Dodgers are the first two teams to reach the 60-win plateau. From a players standpoint several hitters and pitchers have made their mark while sportsbooks have been making adjustments to their odds for the Most Valuable Player, Cy Young and most home runs for the National and American... 
 

Houston’s George Springer Proving He Has What it Takes

George Springer’s “Springer’s Dingers” is the hot new catch phrase in Major League Baseball to explain the towering homer runs Springer has been launching out of ball parks around the country. The outfielder for the Astros, who helped the team earn a 12-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday collected four hits, scored four runs, smacked a pair of round trippers and knocked in 5 runs. Following his most recent outburst on offense, Springer is now batting a lofty .307 with 27 homers and 60 RBIs and the season is just a few games more... 
 

Aaron Judge Passes Yankees Legend Joe DiMaggio for Rookie Home Runs

Aaron Judge the New York Yankees rookie sensation needed just 84 games to take over first place on the all-time rookie home run list for the club. On Friday, Judge hit a moonshot over 432 feet during the fifth inning for home run No. 30 on the season. That overtook the previous best of 29 home runs hit in 1936 by then-rookie Joe DiMaggio who needed 138 games to reach that mark. There are another 78 games Judge could possibly play before the end of the regular season. Judge called it an honor and added that the first half of this season has been... 
 

Legends from Latin American Will Be Honored by MLB

A truly unforgettable pregame ceremony is expected at Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game on Tuesday night as baseball will honor some of the game’s most talented legends from Latin America. The celebration will feature the best baseball players from Latin American before the start of the 88th All-Star Game that will be played in Miami at Marlins Park. The honorees will include members of the Hall of Fame from the Negro Leagues and MLB. The honorees that are participating will also throw a ceremonial first pitch to a group of today’s All-Stars.... 
 

Home Run Derby Expected to Be the Best Yet

The past few years, the Home Run Derby during MLB’s All-Star Game break has been described as stale or lacking excitement. Ratings have been declining as interest waned. The biggest problem it has faced is the lack of big home run hitters taking part. That will change this summer. If all goes as planned, this year’s derby could bring the event back into the spotlight and create a firestorm on social media. This week the bracket was released by Major League Baseball and it is loaded with power and more precisely young power instead of aging home... 
 

Marcus Stroman Calls Blister Epidemic MLB’s Fault

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman has his own idea of who is to blame for the blister epidemic bothering pitchers. He has pointed his finger directly at Major League Baseball. He called the problem an epidemic that is taking place in the big leagues as a bunch of his fellow pitchers who have never had problems with blisters are now getting them. He said it is no coincidence that so many pitchers are having problems all of a sudden and it is crazy he added that MLB has turned their back on it. When the media asked if Stroman was implying that... 
 

Umpire Sues Major League Baseball Over Treatment and Discrimination

Angel Hernandez an umpire for Major League Baseball has sued the league along with the commissioner’s office. Hernandez alleges that racial discrimination along with a long term personal vendetta between Joe Torre and him has been hindering to his career advancement as a professional baseball umpire. On Monday the suit was filed in Ohio. In the complaint, Hernandez claims Torre, the chief baseball officer in MLB, holds a grudge against him that goes all the way back to when Torre was the New York Yankees manager. During a game in May of 2001,... 
 

New Incentive for Players to Win MLB All-Star Game

On Sunday the lineups for the 88th Annual MLB All-Star Game between the American League and National League were announced. The game however, might as well be one between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals versus the Houston, Astros, Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees. Only five teams in the NL have a winning record and there are only six teams across both leagues with records of .550 or above, with three in one division – the NL West. The Nationals and Astros are the only two teams with leads of more than 3 games in their divisions,... 
 

David Price Continues to Have Problems with the Media

On Friday night, prior to the Boston Red Sox game at Toronto, pitcher David Price, Manager John Farrell and President of Operations of the Red Sox Dave Dombrowski met over an incident where Price verbally confronted Dennis Eckersley an analyst with NESN. The confrontation took place on the team’s flight to Toronto from Boston following the Red Sox game on Thursday night. Farrell confirmed a meeting was held but did not elaborate just saying that it was all being taken care of internally. The Boston manager also confirmed that the Red Sox veteran... 
 

Manager’s Feud Causes Benches to Clear

Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts and San Diego Padres manager Andy Green were the center of a tense altercation on Friday night that almost led to a big brawl. The altercation took place immediately at the end of the first inning after both managers huddled at home plate with umpires to smooth out tensions between Alex Wood the starting pitcher for the Dodgers and Jose Pirela an infielder for the Padres. Wood believed that Pirela was stealing signs and relaying then to his teammates during the game’s first inning, which violates one of... 
 

Dustin Fowler Ruptures Patellar Tendon in Yankees Debut

On Thursday night, rookie outfielder for the New York Yankees Dustin Fowler suffered a ruptured patellar tendon of his right knee after crashing into the rail on the first base line at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago during the first inning of the rookie’s major league baseball debut. The Yankees announced that Fowler was scheduled for Thursday night surgery at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. After running into the rail, Fowler remained on the ground a number of minutes while medical personnel stabilized his right knee. He then was... 
 

Chicago Cubs Cut Catcher Miguel Montero For Comments

Miguel Montero plays backup catcher and his role comes with a single job requirement and that is by good. The predecessor to Montero with the Chicago Cubs was David Ross, who for 15 years was in the majors due to how much he was liked by people. A backup catcher, who is experienced and knows his role, is aware that it is against backup catcher protocol to speak out against teammates and including Jake Arrieta. But that is what he did. He blamed the seven stolen bases by the Nationals on Tuesday on the slow delivery of Arrieta. His comments backfired.... 
 

Tigers Decline Means Justin Verlander Could be on the Block

Tuesday was quite typical of this season for the Detroit Tigers’ Justin Verlander. He was throwing his fastball 95 mph, which he did during his best years, but that measure, which has been a bellwether for the effectiveness of a pitcher, did not stop Detroit’s opponents, the Kansas City Royals from scoring three runs during the first inning against the veteran. Following that slow start, Verlander shut out the Royals for the following six innings. He has been hittable and wild this season which has frustrated the pitcher who only last year many... 
 

Miami Marlins Trade Adeiny Hechavarria to Tampa Bay

The American League East Tampa Bay Rays are in the heat of a division race and hope that Adeiny Hechavarria is able to help them remain in the race for the division title. The Rays acquired the shortstop on Monday from Miami over a month prior to the league’s trade deadline. Tampa Bay called the veteran shortstop a defender who is Golden Glove caliber as well as capable of making the team better offensively. Tampa Bay, who on Tuesday will play Pittsburgh, ended Sunday’s play with a record of 40-38 two games behind the Boston Red Sox and New... 
 

Cubs Option Kyle Schwarber to Triple-A Iowa

Last year’s postseason hero Kyle Schwarber, who inspired Cubs’ fans after returning quickly from knee surgery to key the World Series title for the Chicago Cubs, was optioned on Thursday to Chicago’s Triple-A affiliate Iowa. Finally admitting that the poor production of Schwarber – a batting average of just .171 and an on-base percentage of .295, became too much to continue, the Cubs now will look to reconstruct their lineup that is No. 9 in runs scored and No. 11 in on base percentage and slugging at .745 in the National League. During... 
 

Baltimore Orioles Pitching Staff Continue to Fail

The pitching staff for the Baltimore Orioles has had a horrible June and there are still 6 days remaining. The pitching staff tied a record dating back to 1924 or 93 years ago. The dubious mark of ineptitude has stood close to a century which goes to show just how poor the Orioles’ pitchers have been this month. On Friday night, the horrific display of pitching continued for the Orioles hurlers as they allowed 11 hits, gave up 8 walks, three homers and 15 runs in a 15-5 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. It was the 20th consecutive game that the Orioles... 
 

Cody Bellinger Continues Strong June at the Plate

Cody Bellinger said he was not aware that the crowd at Dodger Stadium was chanting his name as they wanted him to re-emerge for the team’s dugout in the eighth inning on Sunday for a curtain call. The rookie said he was unaware until a teammate pushed him up the stairs and he realized how special it was. Looking somewhat embarrassed, Bellinger emerged to acknowledge the cheers of the fans for his first curtain call of his career, and likely far from being his last. The Dodgers on Sunday rallied to beat Colorado 12-6 with the help of Bellinger’s... 
 

Hitters in Major League Baseball on Record Home Run Pace

Entering Wednesday’s Major League Baseball schedule hitters had combined for 2,701 home runs through the first 2 ½ months of the 2017 regular season. That means they are on a pace to hit over 6,180 home runs for the entire 162-game schedule. Current record for combined home runs during one season was set in 2000 with 5,693. The big increase in the number of home runs started back in 2015 and through the entire regular season of 2016. In 2016, hitters combined for the second most home runs ever hit in one season with 5,610. In addition, 111 players... 
 

Atlanta Considering Playing Freddie Freeman at Third

As the Atlanta Braves have talked about keeping Freddie Freeman as well as Matt Adams in their lineup at the same time when Freeman returns for his current stint on the disabled list, the team has not ruled out that one of their first basemen converting to play third base. Brian Snitker the manager of the Braves said the team could not rule anything out. If Atlanta were to go that route, Freeman is the more likely of the two to move to the infield’s hot corner. He was a third baseman during high school and has an unselfish way about him that means... 
 

Injury to Gleyber Torres Adds to Questions About Yankees

On Monday, news that Gleyber Torres will need to have Tommy John surgery hit the New York Yankees hard, as he was likely a late-season option for the team during its stretch run to win a title. Torres is not just one of the most talented prospects in baseball, but convinced Yankees executives in the organization that he was advanced beyond his age, which would allow him to handle the pressure and spotlight cast upon him playing in the majors for a pennant even though he is just 20. Many thought Torres would take the third base job away from Chase... 
 

Game Winning Home Run Completes Nolan Arenado Cycle

With one swing of the bat, Colorado Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado gave his team a thrilling win and finished off his quest to hit a rare feat – the cycle. Arenado’s three-run walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning rallied the Rockies to a 7-5 victory over the San Francisco Giants and completed the cycle for the Rockies slugger. Arenado faced Mark Melancon an All-Star closer for the Giants in the ninth and sent the stunned relievers’ first pitch into the seats in left field to end Colorado’s four game sweep of the Giants... 
 

New York Yankees and Masahiro Tanaka Hit Hard Again

The New York Yankees for just the first time during this season are entrenched in a slump. The Yankees lost their fifth straight game on Saturday and if that was not enough, Masahiro Tanaka the team’s so-called ace is not showing any signs of improving. Tanaka was rocked for five runs over just four innings giving up three home runs. The game started poorly for the Yankees and continued downhill from there. The first pitch made by Tanaka was hit over the outfield fence by Matt Joyce for a leadoff home run. Tanaka’s problems on the mound are... 
 

Victor Martinez Diagnosed with Irregular Heartbeat

Omar Vizquel felt the heartbeat of Victor Martinez and said it was beating real fast. The two were at first base during a game Thursday night between the Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay Rays. Martinez at the time was sweating profusely, felt warm to the touch told Vizquel he thought his heart was beating very fast. Vizquel, the first base coach for the Tigers, put his hand on Martinez’s heart. He also asked Martinez if he could run and Martinez told him no that he wanted to be taken out of the game. Martinez then slowly walked back to Detroit’s... 
 

Gary Sanchez Leaves Yankees Game With Groin Tightness

On Thursday night in Oakland, A huge offensive display for Gary Sanchez the New York Yankees budding star ended with worry. On the night, Sanchez reached base safely each of the five times he came to bat. He was 3-for-3 and walked twice. His hits included a pair of singles and a double Sanchez also stole a base and knocked in a pair of runs. His double during the seventh and single during the ninth scored Starlin Castro the Yankees second baseman to tie the game for New York. The Yankees eventually lost in 10 innings 8-7 to Oakland. However, during... 
 

Pitcher With Oregon State Goes Undrafted Following Sex Offender Revelation

One move that was never made during the recently ended 2017 Major League Baseball annual draft may turn out to be the draft’s biggest move. With the 40 rounds of the draft now completed, no MLB team chose Luke Heimlich, the left-handed pitcher from the Oregon State Beavers. It was revealed recently that Heimlich was a registered sex offender. Before that revelation, Heimlich had been considered a first or second round pick. The junior, who is 21, emerged as one of the best starters in college baseball this season with a record of 11-0 and an ERA... 
 

Ryan Zimmerman Remains Backbone of Washington’s Attack

Ryan Zimmerman has returned bad back or not. Zimmerman had missed three straight games and four of the last five the Washington Nationals have played after hurting his back last week in Los Angeles. However, he returned to the Nationals’ lineup and appeared as if he had not missed a beat after smacking two home runs and leading the team to a 10-5 victory over the Atlanta Braves. He hit one home run 425 feet and another 439 feet and added a single as well during the seventh making it the 10th time this season he has had three hits in one game,... 
 

Mike Scioscia Is Admirer of Yankees Aaron Judge

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia may be on the other side of the country but is one of Aaron Judge’s biggest admirers. The Angels manager said Judge has the potential to be very, very special as a player. Of course, Scioscia should know a great player when he sees one as he has managed Mike Trout since he debuted back in 2011. Scioscia called both his player Trout and Judge exceptional multi-dimensional players. Judge, who is 25, is continuing to earn honors early in the season. On Monday, he won his first American League Player of the... 
 

Max Scherzer Reaches 2,000 Strikeouts, Glover Hurts Back

Max Scherzer the ace on the Washington Nationals pitching staff become the most recent member of baseball’s 2,000 strikeout club on Sunday afternoon. The Nationals right-hander is the third fastest pitcher to reach that milestone in baseball history. Scherzer struck out Nomar Mazara a Texas Rangers outfielder to record his 2,000 strikeout during the fourth inning. His 2,000 strikeout came in just his 1,784th inning pitched. Just Pedro Martinez and Randy Johnson reached 2,000 strikeouts in fewer innings pitched. Clayton Kershaw the ace for the... 
 

Giancarlo Stanton Hits Monster Shot Over Center Field Fence

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton unleashed on a pitch Friday night sending the ball out of the park for a home run. On the night at PNC Park, Stanton had 3 RBIs in the Marlins 12-7 win over hosts the Pittsburgh Pirates. The explosive home run leading off the third inning set a tone for the Miami offense for the night. The home run, estimated to have traveled 449 feet gave Miami a lead of 3-1. The towering drive to center was off Tyler Glasnow a right hander and cleared the green structure in center bouncing off the top of it. Don Mattingly... 
 

Abuse Allegations Being Investigated Against Derek Norris

Major League Baseball is carrying out an investigation into allegations of abuse against Derek Norris a catcher for the Tampa Bay Rays, said Michael Teevan the league’s vice president of communications. Norris’ ex-fiancée Kristen Eck made claims recently in an Instagram post that she had been emotionally and physically abused by a man that she had thought she would one day marry. Eck did not name Norris in her post, but she is known to have been the fiancée of Norris through interviews and stories. There have been no charges brought against... 
 

Cincinnati Reds Will Have Dilemma with Zack Cozart At Trade Deadline

The Cincinnati Reds are now 26-30 and 3 games behind first place in the National League Central. However, the Reds’ shortstop Zack Cozart has continued his strong season to date in 2017 as he is averaging .348 with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs. On Sunday, Cozart hit a triple, a pair of home runs and knocked in 5 runs. His season stats are unbelievable for any player but add to it that he is a strong defender at shortstop and that makes him a high commodity. Since the Reds are going through a rebuilding period and not likely a contender during 2017,... 
 

Are the Cubs As Bad As Their Record Suggests?

The Chicago Cubs rallied to win on Friday over National League Central rivals the St. Louis Cardinals 3-2. The win snapped Chicago’s losing streak of six straight games. The Cubs now sit at 26-27 for the season, one where most expected Chicago to win 100 games and to repeat as champion in the World Series. The overwhelming majority thought at the least the Cubs would win the NL Central again. However, they started June below .500 and struggling. The Cubs won 97 games during 2015 and then turned 2016 into a World Series winning season. The Cubs... 
 

Manny Machado Off to Poor Start for Baltimore Orioles

Last season on June 1, Manny Machado appeared to be one of baseball’s best players Fast forward to the present and Machado is playing completely different. This year through the season’s first two months, Machado is batting .205, which is No. 80 of 80 qualified hitters in the American League. His on-base percentage of .286 is amongst the 10 lowest in the league. Tuesday night versus the New York Yankees, Machado struck out on four occasions, which is the first time since 2014 and just the second time during his career. In April, Machado drew... 
 

Mike Trout Out Up to Two Months Due to Surgery

On Wednesday, Los Angeles Angels start Mike Trout will have surgery on his left thumb to repair a tear in the UCL and will likely miss up to eight weeks of action. Trout injured the thumb while sliding at second base during an attempt to steal second Sunday afternoon. On Monday, Trout had an MRI that revealed the torn UCL and was put on the Angels disabled list. This is the first time Trout has been placed on the DL in his career. A short time later, Trout, who is 25, decided to have surgery to repair the tear. Mike Scioscia the manager of the Angels... 
 

Zack Greinke Having Much Better Results This Season

Last season, Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke was 13-7 but saw his ERA balloon to 4.37 and he spent some part of the season on the disabled list. The Diamondbacks finished 69-93 and the front office was reshuffled. Things have started much different this season. After 50 games as of Friday, Arizona is 31-19 and owns baseball’s second best run differential behind only the Los Angeles Dodgers. The biggest key has been the pitching staff, which was dead last in 2016 in baseball but fourth thus far this season led by Greinke. Thus Greinke is... 
 

David Price and Red Sox to Meet Following Rehab Start

The Boston Red Sox will meet with left-hander David Prices Thursday as they try to find out what the next step is for the southpaw in his rehab after he gave up six runs, of which three were earned, during his 3 2/3 innings of work for Pawtucket in Triple-A Wednesday night. Red Sox manager John Farrell during an interview following Boston’s loss of 9-4 to Texas said a scout was pleased with what he saw out of Price physically on Wednesday, but Farrell did not know what was next for the veteran pitcher. The Boston manager said he and his coaches... 
 

Lack of Offense Leading to Mediocrity for Boston Red Sox

The Boston Red Sox are dead last in the American League this season in home runs. Boston last season led all of baseball in average runs scored per game at 5.42. It was expected there would be a slight drop off due to the retirement of David Ortiz the long-time DH who hit 541 career home runs. However, that output has fallen off close to a full run and currently sits at 4.56 runs per game. The team’s inability to offset poor run production with top-notch pitching, which was the organization’s plan, has kept Boston from creeping toward the top... 
 

MLB and Facebook Announce Live Streaming for Games

Facebook and Major League Baseball announced this week a new partnership for live streaming that will show 20 regular season live games on the social network. The games will be aired weekly on the site with the first being the aired last night between the Colorado Rockies and Cincinnati Reds. The weekly streamed games on Facebook will be from a feed of a local broadcaster of one of the participating teams, said the two companies. MLB and Facebook have teamed up before in streaming games. In 2011, prior to Facebook Live being launched, MLB aired... 
 

Can Anyway Stop the Houston Astros?

As of Wednesday, the Houston Astros completed 25% of their 2017 Major League Baseball regular season. The club is the holder of two key achievements over that period. One, the team has been the best in all of baseball and second it is the franchise’s best start in history. Both trends continued on Wednesday as the American League West leading Astros won their ninth game in their past 10 games played, defeating the plummeting Miami Marlins 3-0 completing a sweep of their three-game series on the road at Marlins Park. With the win, Houston improved... 
 

Kevin Pillar Turns from Defense to Offense

The Toronto Blue Jays started their 2017 Major League Baseball season out disastrously. The Blue Jays stood at 2-11 after 13 games and 6-17 after 23 games, which put the team in a deep hole after just two dozen games of the 162-game regular season. Still not at .500 yet, Toronto is nevertheless playing better and giving itself a shot at contending in the American League East. On Sunday, Kevin Pillar the defensive stalwart in center field was the offensive hero with a walk-off homer against the Seattle Mariners. Earlier in Sunday’s game, Pillar... 
 

Chris Iannetta Hit in Face with 93mph Fastball

Chris Iannetta the Arizona Diamondback catcher was hit by a pitch in the mouth during his seventh inning at bat on Friday night. The Diamondbacks won the game 11-4. Iannetta left the game after being hit with the pitch. Iannetta’s manager Torey Lovullo said that the catcher’s top lip had been split open by the impact of the ball and the player had been taken from the park to the hospital for further examination. On Saturday, the team will have more of an update on the status of Iannetta. Lovullo told the media following the game that Iannetta... 
 
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