Baseball Wiretap

Phillies May Be Able To Sell Howard As DH Upgrade

May 24, 2015 9:28 AM

Ryan Howard is showing signs of an offensive resurgence, which may allow the Philadelphia Phillies to trade him to an American League team looking for an upgrade at designated hitter.

Howard is hitting .268/.314/.550 with 10 home runs.

Some of the clubs that may be looking for help at DH are the Los Angeles Angels, Tampa Bay Rays and Minnesota Twins.

The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles may eventually also become strong fits.

Corey Seidman/CSN Philly

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Strasburg Admits Frustration, But He'll 'Keep Grinding'

May 24, 2015 8:39 PM

The Washington Nationals are rolling, but Stephen Strasburg is struggling.

Strasburg has allowed 15 runs in 12 innings over his last three starts.

"Yeah, it's frustrating. I'm not pitching to my ability, but I've got to keep grinding," said the right-hander, who has a 6.50 ERA on the season.

"It's definitely something I've never experienced before," he said. "This is a test for me."

Associated Press

Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Hamilton Will Start In Left For Rangers

May 24, 2015 8:36 PM

Josh Hamilton will start for the Texas Rangers in left field on Monday against the Cleveland Indians.

The Rangers acquired Hamilton in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels last month.

"I've always wanted to play the game the right way. Play hard, give what you have, leave it out there. If you do that, then you don't have to answer to anybody," Hamilton said. "Hopefully, people in my career have enjoyed watching me play."

Hamilton is expected to hit either second or fifth for the Rangers.

Jeff Banister said his plan was to "open our arms and love him up and give him a great big hug and welcome him in, and then treat him like he's one of 25, just like we do everybody else."

Associated Press

Tags: Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor

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Marlins Showed Interest In Trading For Papelbon

May 24, 2015 9:22 AM

The Miami Marlins showed some interest in trading for Jonathan Papelbon around the time they fired Mike Redmond, according to a report.

It's now unclear whether the Marlins will look to buy after a slow start to the season.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Tags: Miami Marlins, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Walt Weiss Isn't On Hot Seat In Colorado

May 24, 2015 9:20 AM

Colorado Rockies manager Walt Weiss' job is safe for now, according to general manager Jeff Bridich.

Bridich told the Denver Post that he has "no issue" with Weiss' performance during the club's disappointing play.

"There's no issue there," Bridich said. "Throwing around blame is a very dangerous thing to do. The manager and the coaches don't step on the field and take a bat and step into the batter's box, and they don't take the ball to stand on the mound."

The Rockies are 16-25 this season after splitting a doubleheader Saturday against the San Francisco Giants.


Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor

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Brian Matusz Ejected For Foreign Substance

May 24, 2015 9:17 AM

Brian Matusz of the Baltimore Orioles was ejected in the 12th inning on Saturday night for using a sticky substance that was on his right arm.

Matusz is the second Major League pitcher ejected for using a foreign substance this week.

Milwaukee Brewers reliever Will Smith was suspended for eight games Friday for having a foreign substance on his arm in a loss to the Atlanta Braves.


Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Misc Rumor

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Josh Hamilton Ready To Join Rangers

May 24, 2015 12:42 AM

Josh Hamilton is done with his personal spring training and ready to rejoin the Rangers , according to an report.

Hamilton is set to fly Sunday to Cleveland to meet the team for the start of a three-game series against the Indians. The opener Monday is four weeks to the day after Texas finalized a trade to reacquire him from the Angels.

"I am excited about it," Hamilton said Saturday night, after his final scheduled game at Triple-A Round Rock was rained out.

Tags: Texas Rangers, Cleveland Indians, Injury, Misc Rumor

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White Sox Retire Paul Konerko's No. 14

May 23, 2015 7:05 PM

The White Sox retired Paul Kornerko's No. 14 jersey Saturday before their game against the Twins, according to an report.

The fans chanted "Paulie! Paulie!" as Konerko entered from the center-field fence and walked through the outfield grass to home plate. He then watched as his family counted down the unveiling of his number on the facade above home plate.

Tags: Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

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David Wright Aggravates Lower Back

May 23, 2015 5:14 PM

Wright, 32, originally landed on the DL on April 15 with a right hamstring strain.

As the muscle healed and he was nearing a minor league rehab assignment, lower-back pain arose and Wright was shut down. He resumed baseball activity this week at the team's complex in Port St. Lucie, Florida.

Now, he is having a recurrence of that back issue and will be shut down from baseball activity for a week.

Tags: New York Mets, Injury, Misc Rumor

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A's Place Coco Crisp On DL With Cervical Strain

May 23, 2015 1:27 PM

The A's have placed outfielder Coco Crisp on the 15-day disabled list with a cervical strain and recalled right-hander Kendall Graveman from Triple-A Nashville, according to an report on Saturday.

Tags: Oakland Athletics, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Justin Verlander To Throw Simulated Game
Justin Verlander has not pitched this season due to a triceps strain.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers Knew Of Tear In 2012
Hyun-Jin Ryu underwent surgery on Thursday that will keep him out until at least next spring training.

Marlins Continue Losing Ways, Place Two Starters On DL
The Marlins have placed Henderson Alvarez and Mat Latos on the disabled list.

A-Rod Ties Babe Ruth For Fourth On RBIs List
Alex Rodriguez drove in the 1,992nd run of his career on Friday night.

Marlins Fail To Show At Charity Event
Marlins players were to attend an event to benefit an inner-cities baseball program.

Red Sox Recall Rusney Castillo; Option Jackie Bradley Jr. To Triple-A
The Red Sox are hoping Rusney Castillo helps their struggling offense.

MLB Suspends Will Smith Eight Games
Brewers pitcher Will Smith has appealed the eight game suspension.

Hyun-Jin Ryu Has Season Ending Shoulder Surgery
The Dodgers are optimistic pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu will be ready for the next spring training.

Giants Shut Out Dodgers For Third Straight Day
The Giants outscored the Dodgers 10-0 in sweeping the three-game series in San Francisco.

Bumgarner Hits 415-Foot HR Off Kershaw
Madison Bumgarner hit a 415-foot home run off Clayton Kershaw in the third inning of Thursday afternoon's game between the Giants and Dodgers.

Chris Haft/MLB

Ellsbury Won't Require Surgery On Knee
The Yankees don't know how long Jacoby Ellsbury will be out of the lineup, but it has been determined that the outfielder won't require surgery on his right knee.

Andrew Marchand/ESPN

Padres Lead Majors In Home Runs Allowed
After an offseason of change, the Padres are a disappointing 20-21 on the season.

Jeff Sullivan/FanGraphs

Angels, Phillies Have Discussed Revere Trade
Ben Revere may become the odd man out in the outfield for the Phillies and a trade seems likely.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Welington Castillo Was 'Shocked' By Trade
Welington Castillo was surprised when the Cubs traded him to the Mariners earlier this week.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Nationals Get Free Syrup From Hershey's For Celebrations
The Nationals have been celebrating wins by dumping a bottle of chocolate syrup on the head of the player whose bat won the game this season.

Darren Rovell/ESPN

Keuchel Off To Best Start For Astros Pitcher Since Clemens
Dallas Keuchel allowed six hits and no earned runs in seven innings against the Athletics on Wednesday, improving to 6-0 on the season and lowering his ERA to 1.67.

Associated Press

Should Blue Jays Consider Dealing Bautista Or Encarnacion?
If the Blue Jays want to make a playoff push, Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes they should try to trade Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion in exchange for pitching.

Joel Sherman/New York Post

Athletics Considering Role For Ron Washington
Oakland leads the Major Leagues in errors (43) by a wide margin. Ron Washington, most recently manager of the Rangers, is known as a terrific infield coach.

Susan Slusser/San Francisco Chronicle

Rangers To Give Hamilton More Time At Triple-A
Josh Hamilton could be in the lineup for the Rangers as early as Monday.


Drew Smyly Hoping He Can Return To Rays This Season
The club said last week that Drew Smyly would miss the season with a shoulder injury.


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