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Mets To Give Harvey, Syndergaard Extra Rest

Sep 3, 2015 6:46 AM

The New York Mets will skip Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard at least once in the rotation this month to help limit their innings.

Syndergaard will be skipped this weekend against the Miami Marlins and the Mets are discussing two dates for Harvey to have a start skipped.

Harvey has thrown 166.1 innings through Wednesday night's start. Doctors have recommended that Harvey not exceed 180 innings during the regular season as he returns from Tommy John surgery.

Syndergaard already has exceeded last year's innings count by 15.

Adam Rubin/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

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Mike Scioscia Won't Have Say In Angels Hunt For GM

Sep 2, 2015 3:25 PM

Mike Scioscia doesn't expect to have a role in who the Los Angeles Angels hire as their next general manager.

"I don't plan on being part of any selection committee," Scioscia said. "I know the role of a manager in an organization, and I love that part of it. It's not to go pick a GM. I just think, just like any team, you have to be philosophically on the same page, all the way down from ownership to the general manager's seat to the manager to the Minor Leagues and scouting director, everything that's important in fueling your Major League roster. You have to be on the same page."

Jerry Dipoto resigned as GM on July 1, prompting Bill Stoneman to take over in the interim.

Scioscia is in his 16th season as the club's manager and is under contract until 2018.

Alden Gonzalez/MLB

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Phillies In No Rush To Decide Amaro's Future

Sep 3, 2015 6:53 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies have restocked their farm system well over the last nine months, but is that enough for Ruben Amaro to keep his job as general manager?

MLBPipeline.com currently ranks Philadelphia's farm system seventh in Major League Baseball.

"No decision has been made on Ruben at this point," Phillies president Pat Gillick said. "We just got by the Trade Deadline. Consequently, we're moving a lot of people in the Minor Leagues from [Jerad] Eickhoff to [Alec] Asher and others. We've had our hands full. It's a decision that will be made in the next 30 days or so."

Gillick is stepping down after the season and Andy MacPhail is taking his place.

Todd Zolecki/MLB

Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

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Twins Won't Call Up Jose Berrios This Season

Sep 3, 2015 6:49 AM

The Minnesota Twins will not call up top pitching prospect Jose Berrios this season, according to general manager Terry Ryan.

Ryan watched Berrios pitch twice for Triple-A Rochester this week.

The Twins have decided that it would be best to shut Berrios down after the Minor League season because he's nearing his innings limit.

Rhett Bollinger/MLB

Tags: Minnesota Twins, Misc Rumor

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Smokeless Tobacco Banned At Fenway Park

Sep 3, 2015 6:42 AM

A ban on smokeless tobacco products at Fenway Park and other Boston sports venues has been approved by the city council.

Boston becomes the second city after San Francisco to approve such a ban. Los Angeles also is weighing a prohibition on smokeless tobacco.

The ban prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco on all fields where professional, collegiate, high school or amateur sports are played. Violators will face a $250 fine.

Associated Press

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Send Rubber, Dirt To Arrieta Following No-Hitter

Sep 2, 2015 3:21 PM

The Los Angeles Dodgers sent a few mementos to Jake Arrieta after he tossed a no-hitter against the club on Sunday night.

"Really nice gesture," the Chicago Cubs starter said of the Dodgers. "They sent a bucket of dirt from the mound, and they dug up the pitching rubber, which weighed 60 pounds. That's something I'll cherish as much or more than anything I've been given throughout the process."

Arrieta allowed just two baserunners, one on a walk and another on an error.

The Dodgers also sent authenticated game-used baseballs from the no-hitter, which Arrieta says he'll give out to family and friends.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor

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Two Royals Will Miss Time With Chicken Pox

Sep 2, 2015 3:16 PM

The Kansas City Royals will be without Alex Rios and Kelvin Herrera for a period of time after the pair were diagnosed with chicken pox.

There is concern that other members of the club may contract chicken pox, which could cause the American League Central leaders to stumble. Rios and Herrera likely will miss a couple weeks after both were sent home from Tampa Bay over the weekend.

"Think there is always a concern because these guys were in for three or four days before they showed signs of it," Ned Yost said. "Since that point, (trainer) Nick Kenney has done a real good job of monitoring."

The Royals have reached out to players, coaches and family members to determine whether they have had chicken pox or been vaccinated. Most of them should be in the clear, but Yordano Ventura acknowledged that he has never had the virus, and several others from Latin America -- where vaccinations happen less frequently -- also may be at risk.

Associated Press

Tags: Kansas City Royals, 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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Report: Marlins To Make Change At Manager
The 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.

ESPN

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

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

MLB Won't Reinstate Shoeless Joe Jackson
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.

ESPN

Angels Begin Interviewing GM Candidates
Bill Stoneman has taken over the position in an interim capacity since Jerry Dipoto stepped down at midseason.

Jeff Fletcher/Orange County Register

Dodgers Acquire Justin Ruggiano
Seattle will receive cash considerations and a player to be named later.

Ryan Divish/Seattle Times

Dallas Keuchel Dominating At Minute Maid Park
Dallas Keuchel is just the third pitcher in 60 years to go 12-0 at home.

ESPN Stats & Info

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

Gordon Edes/ESPN

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

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