The White Sox look primed to make their long awaited leap into contention mode in 2020, and that's, in part, because of an uber-talented group of young, if unproven, pitchers with enormous potential.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:31 pm
Two years after winning the World Series, what would constitute a successful season for the 2020 Red Sox? As John Tomase writes, it'll be more about hope and image repair than wins on the field.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:30 pm
For players who received the franchise tag, this afternoon marks the deadline to reach an agreement on a long-term contract. But for the one player who received the transition tag, negotiations can continue. That one player is Cardinals running back Kenyan Drake, who signed his transition tag but can continue negotiating a long-term deal with [more]
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:25 pm
A fast start is paramount in a season of just 60 games.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:00 pm
The Toronto Blue Jays lost 95 games last year but are returning an exciting group of young players who, if they turn the corner, may surprise.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 3:18 pm
The Orioles outfielder explained his absence Wednesday.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 3:11 pm
Reinforcements could be on the way for the Red Sox' desperately thin pitching rotation.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:48 pm
This is the first summer without the league since World War II interrupted the 1945 season, and its allure doesn’t just originate from the field.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:13 pm
The Red Sox will look very different in 2020 than they did in 2019 due to the departures of several big stars and a totally revamped pitching staff.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:36 pm
The White Sox still have a few things to work out before opening the season against the Twins on July 24.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:29 pm
Smith has been a key part of the Astros bullpen over the past couple of seasons, posting a 3.06 ERA in 84 appearances in 2018 and 2019.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:04 pm
The Kansas City Chiefs and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract that could be worth up to $85 million, the latest in a lavish spending spree by the Super Bowl champions as they continue to lock up their core pieces as training camp approaches. The deal for Jones, which comes on the heels of a record-setting 10-year extension for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, includes $60 million in guarantees, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Chiefs had not announced the extension.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 6:45 am
PHOENIX (AP) -- The Cincinnati Reds hope their long-running search for a consistent leadoff hitter comes to an end with Shogo Akiyama.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 6:39 am
Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka is unsure whether he will be able to take his first turn in the rotation as he recovers from a line drive off his head. Tanaka was hit on the right side near the temple by Giancarlo Stanton's shot during batting practice on July 4. While the 31-year-old right-hander says he has no concussion symptoms, he has not thrown off a mound since.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:30 am
Opening day rosters gained clarity on Tuesday when the Atlanta Braves reached an agreement with Yasiel Puig, and Tampa Bay pitcher Tyler Glasnow provided hopes for teams awaiting players to be cleared following positive tests for the coronavirus. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not official until Puig passes the physical. The 29-year-old Puig, who began his career with the Los Angeles Dodgers, hit a combined .267 with 24 homers and 84 RBIs for Cincinnati and Cleveland in 2019.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 4:19 am
Under L.A. County rules, anyone exposed to COVID-19 must quarantine for 14 days. Dave Roberts is concerned about what it means for the Dodgers.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 3:52 am
Texas Rangers catcher Robinson Chirinos could miss the start of the season because of an injured right ankle sustained in an intrasquad game. Manager Chris Woodward said Tuesday night that Chirinos was probably better than anticipated a day after getting hurt, but that it was still unclear how long the catcher would be out. Not a lot of swelling,'' Woodward said.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 3:28 am
Tuesday's intrasquad scrimmage was the closest the Cubs have had come to a real game all Summer Camp.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:30 am
Vince Velasquez, looking to earn one more shot in the Phillies' starting rotation, might have taken a step in that direction in an intrasquad game Tuesday night. By Jim Salisbury
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:20 am
"There are certain advantages to us being a veteran team," right fielder Jason Heyward said. "There are certain advantages to us playing together for a number of years."
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:14 am
Have you missed seeing Javier Baez go deep, Cubs fans?
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:09 am
Jake Burger just wanted to play again. Burger is going to play in a local league this summer in his hometown of St. Louis after the Chicago White Sox approved the plan for their first-round pick in the 2017 amateur draft. It's a chance for the third baseman to get back on the field after he tore his left Achilles tendon twice, sidelining him for each of the previous two seasons.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 2:09 am
The Red Sox are reportedly nearing an agreement with veteran pitcher Zack Godley, who was released by the Tigers in early April.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:46 am
David Kaplan and Gordon Wittenmyer discuss the level of difficulty for teams to win a championship this year.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:43 am
Angels pitching coach Mickey Callaway is impressed by how Shohei Ohtani approaches his pitching and hitting duties through 'impeccable routines.'
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:18 am
The only known about 2020 is that everything is unknown. But several players are expecting playoff-style baseball from Day 1. Yasmani Grandal, who's been to the last five postseasons, is here to help the young White Sox compete.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:16 am
Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton has a sprained left foot but no structural damage, further testing revealed Tuesday following his injury in an intrasquad game. The Twins said Buxton's status would be evaluated on a day-to-day basis. While tracking a fly ball at Target Field on Monday night, Buxton lost his balance in the outfield grass.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:15 am
Here are notes, observations and videos from the Giants' scrimmage at Oracle Park.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:11 am
Just as he did in March, Giants manager Gabe Kapler tabbed Johnny Cueto to start on Opening Day, July 23 against the Dodgers in L.A.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:03 am
The Milwaukee Brewers want to celebrate their golden anniversary by accomplishing something they have never done before. After reaching the National League Championship Series in 2018 and falling in the NL wild-card game last year, the Brewers are seeking an unprecedented third straight playoff berth during this unusual 60-game season. The Brewers launched their franchise in 1970.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:02 am
Steven Souza Jr., 31, missed the entire 2019 season due to a serious knee injury
Posted: July 15, 2020, 1:00 am
The baseball players’ association has discussed hiring noted sports lawyer Jeffrey Kessler to litigate a contemplated grievance against clubs accusing Commissioner Rob Manfred and management of failing to act in good faith to complete the longest season economically feasible. Talks to hire Kessler were disclosed to The Associated Press by several people familiar with the conversations who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement had been made. A grievance has not yet been filed and an agreement with Kessler has not been finalized, the people said.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 12:35 am
The rousing endorsements for Cubs manager David Ross continue to flood in.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 12:33 am
The second installment of night work featured new drills, a bunch of relievers and another decision about the season.
Posted: July 15, 2020, 12:16 am
Will Harris has apparently embraced his new home in Washington.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 11:36 pm
Anthony Rizzo's back trouble flared up again after he took batting practice over the weekend, and the Chicago Cubs are sending the slugger for tests. Rizzo has been dealing with back tightness during summer camp, a recurring problem throughout his career. ''After his live BP the other day, once he cooled down, a little bit of that stiffness came back,'' manager David Ross said Tuesday on a video conference call.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 11:29 pm
David Ross described Summer Camp as "a great testing time for them to iron some things out."
Posted: July 14, 2020, 11:24 pm
About 10 Major League Baseball umpires have opted out this season, choosing not to work games in the shortened schedule because of concerns over the coronavirus. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price, San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Washington Nationals infielder Ryan Zimmerman are among a dozen or so players who won't participate this year because of health issues. There are 76 full-time MLB umpires and more than 20 of them are age 55 or over.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 11:06 pm
The empty seats at the Atlanta Braves' newly renamed Truist Park have left Acuna with more space to yell encouragement, sing and joke during workouts. Acuna's constant chatter means there will be cheering at Braves games, even without the fans. ''You can hear his voice,'' Albies said.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:55 pm
Left-hander Danny Duffy will start for the Kansas City Royals when they open the season against the Indians in Cleveland next week. The 31-year-old Duffy will make his third start on opening day, although this one is far different than the others. Right-hander Brad Keller, who started on opening day last season, is sidelined after testing positive for the coronavirus.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:47 pm
Nothing changes the New York Yankees’ quest, not the novel coronavirus, not the shortest schedule in their century-plus history. "Where there’s no fans in the stands and you’re getting used to how to find that gear or how to find that energy in a situation that you’re not used to, I think there’s a competitive advantage to gain that we have to take advantage of,” the third-year manager added. New York expected to compete from the first pitch by new ace Gerrit Cole, just not while emerging from a socially distanced clubhouse to an empty Yankee Stadium.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:31 pm
Yahoo Sports compiles the three longest and most impressive home runs for the Washington Nationals since 2015.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:29 pm
BOSTON (AP) -- Chris Sale is recovering from elbow surgery. David Price was traded. Rick Porcello left as a free agent. Eduardo Rodriguez tested positive for COVID-19.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:25 pm
Fans wanting to see their faces at Dodger Stadium can buy cutouts for prices ranging up to $299. The team said Tuesday that net proceeds from the sale will benefit the Los Angeles Dodgers Foundation. Cutouts in the Dugout Club or new Pavilion Home Run Seats cost $299.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:21 pm
A top Canadian government health official says the Blue Jays might want to consider hosting an extended stretch of home games in order to get approval to play in Toronto amid the pandemic. Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s Deputy Chief Public Health Officer, said Tuesday that back and forth travel from the United States, where coronavirus cases are surging, is a major issue that could prevent the government from approving Major League Baseball to play in Canada. Njoo noted Canada has been reporting about 300 cases per day compared to 60,000 per day in the U.S.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:11 pm
Free agent outfielder Yasiel Puig and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year deal, a person with knowledge of the deal said Tuesday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement is not official until Puig passes a physical. The agreement helps the Braves address a depth problem in their outfield.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:09 pm
The thought of Garrett Crochet taking the Chris Sale path to the major leagues was all the rage on draft night. A month later, it doesn't sound like White Sox fans should get their hopes up.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 10:04 pm
Ross missed Monday's team activities while waiting for results from a COVID-19 retest but found a way to stay invovled from afar.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 9:54 pm
Yahoo's Fred Zinkie joins Scott Pianowski to discuss why they might be fading pitching early in drafts and how they'll handle injured players.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 9:52 pm
When Rocco Baldelli delivered his first formal address of the 2020 season to his players, the Minnesota Twins manager was unafraid to mention the World Series. ''That's something that is in everyone's head,'' said Baldelli, who won the American League Manager of the Year award as a rookie skipper in 2019 after the Twins won the AL Central at 101-61. The message this time, when the Twins gathered at Target Field nearly four months after the virus outbreak halted spring training and diced up the schedule, centered on accountability and respect.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 9:51 pm
No harm, no foul here.
Posted: July 14, 2020, 9:47 pm