Leading off: Guerrero to majors; Gonzalez back to Brewers

Sports 04/24/19, 20:11

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday.VLADDY TIMEVladimir Guerrero Jr. is set to make his much-anticipated major league debut. The Toronto Blue Jays will promote their promising slugger before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics, manager Charlie Montoyo said Wednesday. Guerrero, 20-year-old son of Hall of Famer Vladimir ...

Blue Jays to promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

Baseball 04/24/19, 19:41

The Toronto Blue Jays will promote top prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. before Friday's game against the Oakland Athletics.Manager Charlie Montoyo announced the move after Toronto lost to San Francisco 4-0 on Wednesday. The Blue Jays are off Thursday."Hopefully he becomes what everybody thinks he can become," Montoyo said of Guerrero, ...

Padres’ Paddack shuts down Mariners for 1st victory, 1-0

Baseball 04/24/19, 16:57

Rookie Chris Paddack shut down baseball's highest-scoring offense for his first victory, holding Seattle to one hit in seven innings and retiring his final 19 batters, nine by strikeout, as the San Diego Padres beat the AL West-leading Mariners 1-0 on Wednesday.Paddack and relievers Trey Wingenter and Kirby Yates combined ...

Wheeler homers, strikes out 11 as Mets rout Phillies 9-0

Baseball 04/23/19, 21:02

Zack Wheeler hit his first major league home run and struck out 11 in seven sharp innings as the New York Mets handed the Philadelphia Phillies their fifth loss in six games, 9-0 on Tuesday night.The only spirit the Phillies showed came with two outs in the ninth when two ...

Cubs SS Russell joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for return

Sports 04/23/19, 19:14

Cubs shortstop Addison Russell is joining Triple-A Iowa to prepare for his return from a 40-game suspension for violating Major League Baseball's domestic violence policy.Russell is expected to play when Iowa begins a nine-game homestand Wednesday night against Nashville. He had stayed in Arizona to work out after the Cubs ...

MLB looks at Harper’s ejection; no decision on discipline

Baseball 04/23/19, 17:56

Major League Baseball is reviewing Bryce Harper's rant at an umpire, trying to determine whether the Philadelphia Phillies star should be disciplined.There was no decision Tuesday, a day after Harper went wild during a game against the New York Mets at Citi Field.Harper was ejected for the 12th time in ...

Royals’ Keller drops appeal, starts 5-game suspension

Sports 04/23/19, 17:27

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller dropped his appeal and started a five-game suspension assessed by Major League Baseball after he hit Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox in the buttocks with a pitch last week.Anderson flipped his bat after hitting a two-run homer off Keller in the fourth ...

APNewsBreak: 2019 MLB payrolls drop due to signing bonuses

Baseball 04/23/19, 15:59

Big deals for Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and others that included large signing bonuses masked an otherwise flat market for the second straight offseason that caused Major League Baseball's opening-day payrolls to drop by $43 million for 2019. However, payrolls rose by $131 million when using the averages of multiyear contracts. ...

Iowa Cubs pitcher builds a low-cost tiny home, finds peace

Sports 04/23/19, 11:21

Most players for the Triple-A Iowa Cubs live in hotels or apartments during the season, but one of their minor league pitchers has chosen to live in a self-built 104-square-foot tiny house this summer.Trevor Clifton was a 12th round draft pick by the Chicago Cubs in 2013. He made his ...

Leading off: Sale tries to turn corner, Harper gets heated

Baseball 04/23/19, 02:14

A look at what's happening around the majors today:PLAYING TWOAfter rain postponed his scheduled start Monday, Boston's Chris Sale gets the ball for Game One of a doubleheader against Detroit. Sale (0-4, 8.50) has concerned Red Sox fans with lousy results and subpar stuff this season, though his velocity ticked ...

Piscotty’s 3 RBIs lead A’s over Rangers, end 3-game skid

Baseball 04/23/19, 00:03

Stephen Piscotty homered and drove in three to back Chris Bassitt's winning season debut, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Texas Rangers 6-1 Monday night to end a three-game skid.Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus left in the seventh inning as a precaution after being hit by a pitch in the first ...

Rockies’ Kyle Freeland on injured list with finger blister

Sports 04/22/19, 20:42

Colorado Rockies left-hander Kyle Freeland was placed on the 10-day injured list because of a blister on the middle finger of his pitching hand.Freeland pitched two-hit ball over six scoreless innings Thursday is a 6-2 win over Philadelphia. The 25-year-old's outing was cut short after 86 pitches because of the ...

Slugger Gallo relaxes, helps Rangers win without long ball

Baseball 04/22/19, 16:34

Joey Gallo sometimes pauses for a deep breath or glances around the ballpark between pitches looking for something to slow his racing mind.The big Texas slugger grew up trying to hit baseballs as far as he could, so the idea of relaxing in the moments before one of the most ...

A baseball branding bonanza, and 2 guys helping it happen

Baseball 04/22/19, 01:06

On a spring evening in eastern Pennsylvania, upon a bluff overlooking the Lehigh Valley, a carnival of baseball and pork products is at hand.From loudspeakers, swine-like sounds reverberate. Vendors roam the stands in clothing festooned with outsized strips of bacon. And yes, there is also a baseball game going on ...

Boston avoids big early hole with sweep of Rays

Baseball 04/22/19, 01:04

Hold off — for now — on the panic in Boston.The Red Sox are indeed off to a poor start in defense of their World Series title. They have a 9-13 record and baseball's third-worst run differential. But after sweeping a three-game series with first-place Tampa Bay, Boston has avoided ...

Flyers remove statue of late singer Kate Smith

Sports 04/21/19, 18:40

The Philadelphia Flyers removed a statue of late singer Kate Smith outside NHL team's arena Sunday, two days after covering it amid allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America.""The NHL principle 'Hockey is for Everyone' is at the heart of everything the ...

Pujols passes Ruth on RBI list, but Mariners beat Angels 6-5

Sports 04/21/19, 00:04

Albert Pujols passed Babe Ruth for fifth place on baseball's career RBI chart, but the Seattle Mariners added four more homers to their major league-leading power binge in a 6-5 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.Pujols tied Ruth when he drove in Andrelton Simmons with a double ...

Leading off: Yanks star Judge hurt, Cubs ace Lester close

Sports 04/20/19, 21:40

A look at what's happening around the majors Sunday:A BENCH FOR THIS JUDGEThe New York Yankees are expected to put All-Star slugger Aaron Judge on the injured list, a day after he hurt his left oblique taking a swing against Kansas City.Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester makes an offering at ...

Angels’ Albert Pujols ties Babe Ruth with 1,992nd career RBI

Baseball 04/20/19, 21:32

Los Angeles Angels slugger Albert Pujols has tied Babe Ruth for fifth place in baseball history with his 1,992nd career RBI.Pujols drove home Andrelton Simmons with a double off Seattle's Yusei Kikuchi in the third inning Saturday night.The Angel Stadium crowd gave a standing ovation to Pujols, who acknowledged the ...

Red Sox’s Nathan Eovaldi on injured list with elbow injury

Baseball 04/20/19, 16:58

The Boston Red Sox placed right-hander Nathan Eovaldi on the 10-day injured list on Saturday because of an elbow injury.The team, which made the move retroactive to Thursday, said Eovaldi has two "loose bodies" in his right elbow. He has had two Tommy John operations and also had surgery last ...

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