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Report: Marlins To Make Change At Manager

Sep 2, 2015 6:56 AM

The Miami Marlins will ask Dan Jennings to return to his previous role as general manager and seek a new field manager at the end of this season, according to a report.

The move was mentioned as a possibility when the Marlins installed Jennings as manager in mid-May. He became the first Major League skipper with no experience as a manager or player since Atlanta Braves owner Ted Turner managed his team for one game in 1977.

The Miami Herald, meanwhile, reported the Marlins would undergo sweeping changes to its baseball operations staff with various scenarios still under consideration, including a return to the front office for Jennings.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Mike Trout Hitting More Groundballs Amid Slump

Sep 2, 2015 7:14 AM

Mike Trout struggled in the month of August, joining a number of his Los Angeles Angels teammates as they slide down the standings.

Trout, who is having another MVP-worthy season overall, hit just .218/.352/.337 in the month of August. For the season he has a slash line of .296/.397/.571. In July, his OPS was nearly double (1.323 to .689) that of August.

He slumped last August, but still had some power with four home runs. This August, he hit just one home run over the entire month. His groundball rate has increased as of late.

Nearly half of the balls he hit in August were on the ground, something he has looked to actively move away from in the past. He's still hitting the ball as hard as we've come to expect, based on exit velocity, but something is off.

Trout, himself, insists that a wrist injury that cost him a few games in late July isn't to blame for the woes.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Ripken Believes Consecutive Games Mark Can Be Broken

Sep 2, 2015 7:03 AM

Cal Ripken, Jr. believes his record of 2,632 consecutive games played can be broken.

"People say it's an unbreakable record, but because I did it, somebody else can do it," the Hall of Fame shortstop said Tuesday at Camden Yards, where the Baltimore Orioles were commemorating the 20th anniversary of his feat.

"Used to be that you were expected to be out there every day," Ripken added. "Nowadays it's not as much, but things go in cycles. You see a lot of players that want to test themselves and play 162. To me, if one person figures it out that they can play 162 and they can finish really strong in September, then they've answered the question. Then it's just a matter of doing it over and over again until you get to that point. So yes, I think it can be broken. I don't know who, though."

The player with the longest current streak is Manny Machado. He has played in 132 consecutive games.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Twins Haven't Ruled Out Promoting Jose Berrios

Sep 2, 2015 7:00 AM

He wasn't among their first wave of September call-ups, but the Minnesota Twins haven't ruled out a promotion for top pitching prospect Jose Berrios.

The Twins might add Berrios to their roster for the postseason push as a reliever.

"I don't think we have finalized everything we're going to do here," Paul Molitor said. "Going forward, his name is definitely still being talked about."

Terry Ryan suggested the September plan for Berrios remains fluid.

"That will be up for discussion," the general manager said. "He pitched well. Other guys did as well. We haven't made that decision yet."

Mike Berardino/Pioneer Press

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Braves Promote Hector Olivera

Sep 1, 2015 4:27 PM

The Atlanta Braves have promoted infield prospect Hector Olivera.

Major League rosters expand on Sept. 1, often leading to many call-ups.

Hotly pursued as a free agent out of Cuba, Olivera signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers over the winter for six years and $62.5 million. He came to Atlanta in July's three-team trade also involving the Miami Marlins.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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MLB Won't Reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson

Sep 1, 2015 4:24 PM

Rob Manfred has denied a request to reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson, so the player banned for the 1919 Black Sox scandal will remain on the ineligible list.

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Museum in Greenville, South Carolina, had appealed to Manfred earlier this year.

Manfred said he checked the records of commissioner A. Bartlett Giamatti's review in 1989 that also declined to reinstate Jackson because the case was "now best given to historical analysis and debate as opposed to a present-day review with an eye to reinstatement."

"I agree with that determination and conclude that it would not be appropriate for me to reopen this matter," Manfred said.

ESPN

Tags: Misc Rumor

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Angels Begin Interviewing GM Candidates

Sep 1, 2015 6:59 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have begun interviewing internal and external candidates for their vacant general manager position.

Bill Stoneman has taken over the position in an interim capacity since Jerry Dipoto stepped down at midseason.

A decision could ultimately come "shortly after the end of the season, if not before," according to a report by Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Acquire Justin Ruggiano

Sep 1, 2015 6:52 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired Justin Ruggiano from the Seattle Mariners.

Seattle will receive cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Ruggiano, 33, has spent much of the season at Triple-A after a slow start to the year.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Seattle Mariners, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel Dominating At Minute Maid Park

Sep 1, 2015 6:49 AM

Dallas Keuchel is making a strong case to become the American League's Cy Young winner this season.

He strengthened his case on Monday night, improving to 12-0 at home. He is just the third pitcher to start 12-0 at home in the past 60 seasons. He allowed a home run to Adrian Beltre, the first he permitted at Minute Maid Park in over a year.

Overall, Keuchel is 16-6 with a 2.24 ERA this season. He has pitched seven innings in each of his past four starts, allowing a total of four runs, striking out 30 and walking three.

ESPN Stats & Info

Tags: Houston Astros, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Giants Get Alejandro De Aza From Red Sox

Sep 1, 2015 6:44 AM

The San Francisco Giants acquired Alejandro De Aza from the Boston Red Sox on Monday night in exchange for Class A pitcher Luis Ysla.

The clubs announced the deal about 40 minutes after Monday's midnight deadline for players traded to be eligible for postseason rosters.

The Red Sox reportedly will send $650,000 to the Giants as payment toward the roughly $833,000 left on De Aza's $5 million contract.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Tags: San Francisco Giants, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Orioles Play Manny Machado At Shortstop
After losing 10 of their past 11 games, the Orioles shuffled their lineup on Monday night against the Rays.

Eddie Matz/ESPN

Mariners Trade Austin Jackson To Cubs
Seattle will receive a player to be named later and a $211,000 international signing slot. Chicago will receive some cash to offset what is left on Jackson's $7.7 million salary.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

Royals To Acquire Jonny Gomes
Jonny Gomes signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Braves this past offseason.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Indians Won't Receive Compensation For Mark Shapiro
Cleveland didn't want to stand in the way if Shapiro wanted to leave the organization.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

White Sox Pull David Robertson Off Waivers
The Yankees claimed David Robertson off waivers, but the White Sox have pulled the reliever back.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

J.P. Howell Attains 2016 Player Option
J.P. Howell has a $6.5 million option for 2016.

Mark Polishuk/MLB Trade Rumors

Mike Hazen Is Strong Candidate To Become Boston's GM
As Dave Dombrowski of the Red Sox searches for a new general manager, Mike Hazen is a stronger candidate than most realize, according to a report by Peter Gammons.

Peter Gammons

Pirates Unlikely To Call Up Tyler Glasnow
Tyler Glasnow has made six starts at the Triple-A level, posting a 0.81 ERA and striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings.

Travis Sawchik/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Red Sox Going With Jean Machi At Closer
After Junichi Tazawa walked four batters in a row on Friday, the Red Sox looked for another option at closer.

Gordon Edes/ESPN

Matt Harvey Closing In On Innings Limit
Matt Harvey has enjoyed his best month of the season in August, but trouble may be coming for the Mets.

Buster Olney/ESPN

Could Jake Arrieta Win NL Cy Young?
The National League Cy Young conversation has largely been limited to teammates Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw since the All-Star break, but Jake Arrieta's no-hitter on Sunday night may help him ev

Christina Kahrl/ESPN

Cubs Have 'Pajama Party' On Flight Home
Cubs manager Joe Maddon says it's about having "fun" as a group, win or lose.

ESPN.com

Report: Blue Jays To Hire Mark Shapiro
It remains unclear if Mark Shapiro will begin his new job immediately or wait until the end of this season.

ESPN.com

Jake Arrieta Throws No-Hitter Against Dodgers
Jake Arrieta became the first 17-game winner in the big leagues by throwing baseball's third no-hitter in less than three weeks.

ESPN.com

Paul Dolan Hires Broker To Find Minority Investment Partner
Paul Dolan has hired Allen & Co. to search for a minority owner for the Cleveland Indians.

ESPN.com

A.J. Burnett Hopes To Return By Mid-September
A.J. Burnett has been on the DL since July 31 with a strained right elbow.

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Mets Trade Two Prospects To D-Backs For Addison Reed
The Mets have sent right-handed pitchers Miller Diaz and Matt Koch to the D-Backs for Addison Reed.

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Astros Place Jason Castro On DL With Quad Strain
The Astros have recalled catcher Max Strassi from Triple-A Fresno.

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Josh Hamilton May Not Be Ready To Return
Josh Hamilton is still feeling pain in his left knee that prevents him from running.

ESPN.com

Police Report: Fan Dies From Fall At Turner Field
A fan has died after falling out of the upper deck of Turner Field during Saturday night's game.

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