Amid plunking debate, MLB’s marketing is all-in on bat flips

Sports 04/20/19, 15:02

When Tim Anderson spiked his bat and yelled toward his White Sox teammates, Major League Baseball's self-described "spicy" Twitter account was among the first to weigh in."LET THE KIDS PLAY," proclaimed @Cut4 , the offbeat arm of MLB's social media portfolio with nearly 1 million followers. The tweet Wednesday included ...

Cubs’ Lester could be close to return after simulated game

Sports 04/20/19, 12:29

Cubs ace Jon Lester could be close to rejoining Chicago's rotation after pitching a simulated game.Lester threw 45 pitches Saturday. Manager Joe Maddon says he looked "very good," and the Cubs will see how he feels Sunday before determining the next step. Maddon did not rule out a return for ...

Phillies SS Kingery leaves game at Colorado with injury

Sports 04/19/19, 21:47

Philadelphia Phillies shortstop Scott Kingery left Friday night's game at Colorado midway through the fourth inning after suffering a strained right hamstring.Kingery was injured running out an inning-ending fielder's choice. He pulled up after running past first base and a trainer hustled out from the Phillies' dugout to check on ...

Column: In retrospect, ‘Field of Dreams’ is a terrible film

Sports 04/19/19, 16:02

"If you build it, he will come."Puh-lease.Thirty years after the release of "Field of Dreams," it's time for a major reassessment.This March 6, 2012 photo shows the entrance to the "Field of Dreams" movie site in Dyersville, Iowa. It's been 30 years since the film was released. (AP Photo/Ryan J. ...

Keller suspended 5 games, Anderson, Renteria 1 each

Baseball 04/19/19, 12:58

Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller has been suspended for five games by Major League Baseball, which concluded he intentionally threw a pitch that hit Tim Anderson of the Chicago White Sox this week. Anderson was suspended one game for his actions after benches cleared, and Chicago manager Rick Renteria was ...

Flyers cover statue of singer Smith amid racism allegations

Sports 04/19/19, 11:57

The Philadelphia Flyers are covering a statue of singer Kate Smith outside their arena, following the New York Yankees in cutting ties and looking into allegations of racism against the 1930s star with a popular recording of "God Bless America."Flyers officials said Friday they also plan to remove Smith's "God ...

Indians’ Lindor set for season debut after being injured

Baseball 04/19/19, 11:11

Indians All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor says he is ready to make his season debut.Lindor sat out Cleveland's first 18 games with a sprained ankle he sustained during spring training in Arizona while recovering from an offseason calf injury. He posted a reflective story about his career on The Players' Tribune, ...

Bailey wins consecutive starts, Royals beat Yankees 6-1

Baseball 04/18/19, 20:51

Homer Bailey won consecutive starts for the first time since July 2017, holding the New York Yankees to three hits over six innings and leading the Kansas City Royals to a 6-1 victory Thursday night.Jorge Soler and Ryan O'Hearn hit solo home runs off Domingo Germán (3-1), and the Royals ...

Leading off: Red Sox-Rays at opposite ends, Sabathia sharp

Sports 04/18/19, 18:52

A look at what's happening around the majors Friday:EARLY TESTOff to the best start in baseball, Kevin Kiermaier and the Tampa Bay Rays host the wobbling Red Sox. Boston is just 6-13, and a real bad series at Tropicana Field could drop the defending World Series champions into a double-digit ...

Leading off: Braves need a closer, Royals-Chisox tempers

Sports 04/17/19, 19:12

A look at what's happening around the majors Thursday:CLOSER NEEDEDThe Braves have a big hole in their bullpen now that closer Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after having right shoulder surgery. General manager Alex Anthopoulos has heard fans chanting at SunTrust Park for the team to ...

Price criticizes MLB for teams idle on Jackie Robinson Day

Sports 04/17/19, 17:57

Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price thinks Major League Baseball made a mistake by having just 10 games Monday on Jackie Robinson Day."Hey @mlb every year on April 15th we celebrate Jackie Robinson Day," Price tweeted Wednesday. "EVERYONE plays on that day next year deal? No one should have an ...

Leading off: Cards decked by Yelich, Snell hurts toe at home

Baseball 04/16/19, 23:07

A look at what's happening around the majors Wednesday:DECKED!Michael Wacha and the Cardinals will try to figure out a way to finally get Christian Yelich out. The reigning NL MVP has eight homers against St. Louis already this season, including three on Monday and a three-run shot Tuesday. Yelich is ...

Yanks beat Red Sox 8-0 in matchup of struggling AL East foes

Baseball 04/16/19, 21:36

James Paxton struck out 12 in his first stab at baseball's biggest rivalry, Red Sox ace Chris Sale found his fastball but not better results, and the New York Yankees three-hit Boston 8-0 on Tuesday night in the first game this season between the struggling AL East foes.Paxton (2-2) pitched ...

Welcome to the rivalry: Paxton Ks 12, Yanks rout Red Sox 8-0

Sports 04/16/19, 20:22

James Paxton struck out 12 in his first stab at baseball's biggest rivalry, Red Sox ace Chris Sale found his fastball but not better results, and the New York Yankees three-hit Boston 8-0 on Tuesday night in the first game this season between the struggling AL East foes.Paxton (2-2) pitched ...

2026 MLB All-Star Game will be in Philadelphia

Baseball 04/16/19, 15:21

Baseball's 2026 All-Star Game will be played in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence.Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Tuesday at Independence Hall with a cast of All-Stars past and present on stage behind him. Phillies Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt and six-time All-Star Bryce ...

MLB investigating racist message sent to Cubs’ Carl Edwards

Sports 04/16/19, 11:46

Major League Baseball is investigating a racist message sent to Chicago Cubs reliever Carl Edwards Jr. on social media this month.Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, calls the language "reprehensible" and says it "cannot be tolerated in our game or society." He says the team supports ...

Leading off: Red Sox-Yankees, Lindor begins rehab assignment

Baseball 04/15/19, 22:17

A look at what's happening around the majors Tuesday:RIVALRY RENEWEDMookie Betts tries to get going at the plate when the Red Sox (6-11) visit the Yankees (6-9) in the first meeting this season between the longtime rivals. Boston knocked New York out of the playoffs last year on the way ...

Dodgers, MLB honor Jackie Robinson’s centennial year

Baseball 04/15/19, 21:27

Vin Scully joined the widow of his friend Jackie Robinson to honor the player who broke baseball's color barrier during Robinson's centennial birthday celebration.Scully was a surprise attendee for pre-game ceremonies at Dodger Stadium on Monday night.Robinson's 96-year-old widow, Rachel, was joined by the couple's daughter, Sharon, and son, David, ...

Back in LA, late-arriving Puig misses ring presentation

Sports 04/15/19, 19:14

Yasiel Puig was late arriving to Dodger Stadium in his return to Los Angeles for the first time since being traded to the Cincinnati Reds.The Cuban star missed receiving his National League Championship Series ring in person from Dodgers owner Mark Walter and other front-office personnel on Monday.They presented the ...

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