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Kyle Schwarber 'Not Surprised' Cubs Demoted Him

Jun 27, 2017 7:38 AM

Kyle Schwarber isn't surprised the Chicago Cubs demoted him, saying "the numbers spoke for themselves."

Schwarber was sent down to Triple-A Iowa on Thursday after hitting .171 in 64 games this season.

The Cubs haven't given Schwarber a timetable for a return to the Majors.

"A demotion is a demotion. That's obviously something that you don't want to have, and it ticks you off a little bit," Schwarber said. "You can't press, you can't do anything like that. But you try to make things happen. You've got to go back to what made you successful in the first place."

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

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Rays Acquire Adeiny Hechavarria From Marlins

Jun 27, 2017 7:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired Adeiny Hechavarria from the Miami Marlins in exchange for two minor leaguers.

The Rays say he's a "Gold Glove-caliber" defender who's also capable of making them better offensively.

Tampa Bay will most likely make room for Hechavarria at shortstop by shifting Tim Beckham from the position to play second base.

"We certainly feel we have as good a chance as anybody," senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said, adding that Hechavarria is a "talented player who's going to help us win."

Braxton Lee and pitcher Ethan Clark will go to Miami in the deal.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

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Giants Deny Stretch Routine Created Friction

Jun 27, 2017 4:53 PM

The San Francisco Giants have denied a report by Ken Rosenthal that a change in their relievers' pregame stretch time created friction at the beginning of the team's disappointing season.

The change in stretch time was initiated by Mark Melancon.

Rosenthal reported that Melancon requested a change during the early season in the bullpen's stretch time preceding night games from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m, allowing each reliever to complete his daily workout routine.

The report stated players were increasingly late for the stretching sessions, prompting Bruce Bochy to convene a team meeting about a month ago to address that issue and others.

"I dropped the ball," Bochy told Rosenthal. "I've been doing this so long, you take for granted that they know what I want. These guys were used to doing it how they've done it -- 'I have my own routine. I'm not going to stretch.' But we do stretch as a team here. They all have to be out there."

More than one player pointed out that multiple people convened during the season-opening series at Arizona to agree upon a revised stretch time.

"I'm shocked," Melancon said. "But honestly, if this is the thing that we can point out and say this is the reason for the bad year so far, then please bring it on. We're talking about stretching, right? Stretching."

Bochy dismissed the fuss. "It's a non-story for me," he said, adding that belaboring the issue would be the equivalent to "pole vaulting over mouse turds."

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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John Farrell Suspended One Game, Fined By MLB

Jun 27, 2017 4:43 PM

John Farrell has been suspended one game by Major League Baseball and fined an undisclosed amount for his actions during Saturday's game between the Boston Red Sox and Los Angeles Angels.

Farrell will serve his punishment on Tuesday when the Red Sox face the Minnesota Twins.

He was ejected for arguing a balk call on Saturday. Bill Miller, the crew chief, called a balk on Boston's Fernando Abad with Cameron Maybin on third, giving the Angels a run and a 5-1 lead.

Dustin Pedroia came charging in, pointing to home plate when the balk was called. Kole Calhoun, the batter, stepped out, and home plate ump Ryan Blakney appeared to raise his hands, signaling time. Farrell came charging out.

"Time was called. Time was clearly called before the balk was called," Farrell said. "So that was the dispute."

The umpires then met for a minute or so and allowed the run. Farrell got in a heated argument with Miller -- with the two going nose to nose and spittle flying -- and was tossed for his first ejection of the season.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor, Suspension

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Terry Francona Leaves Game After Not Feeling Well

Jun 27, 2017 7:33 AM

Terry Francona left the Cleveland Indians' win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night because he wasn't feeling well.

He was evaluated by the medical staff and checked out "fine," according to the Indians. The team said he experienced symptoms similar to those he had during a game earlier this season.

Francona was hospitalized on June 13 following a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Progressive Field. He underwent a battery of tests and was released a few hours later.

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Tags: Cleveland Indians, Misc Rumor

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Nationals Sign Francisco Rodriguez To Minors Deal

Jun 27, 2017 7:28 AM

The Washington Nationals have agreed to a Minor League deal with Francisco Rodriguez, according to multiple reports.

The Detroit Tigers released Rodriguez last week.

Rodriguez saved 44 games for the Tigers last season, but struggled with a 7.82 ERA in 25 1/3 innings this year.

The Nationals' bullpen has the third-west ERA (4.88) in the National League.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Giancarlo Stanton To Defend Home Run Derby Victory

Jun 26, 2017 6:53 AM

Giancarlo Stanton will defend his Home Run Derby crown at his home ballpark in Miami next month.

Stanton won the event last year with a record 61 home runs.

"Man, it's going to be so much fun. I'm really looking forward to it," he said. "The home crowd. The home city. All week is going to be good. I'm just looking forward to it. It's going to be fun."

Stanton has 20 home runs this season, tied for fifth in the Major Leagues.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Phillies 'Foresee' Changes At Trade Deadline

Jun 26, 2017 6:49 AM

The Philadelphia Phillies are expected to be busy at the non-waiver trade deadline.

"I foresee some changes, obviously," Pete Mackanin said. "But I can't be a fortune teller. I think we have some players that are pretty desirable, but it's too hard for me to kind of project that type of thing."

The most coveted pieces Philadelphia has are expected to be Howie Kendrick and Pat Neshek.

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Tags: Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Marlins Willing To Listen To Offers On Relievers

Jun 26, 2017 6:45 AM

The Miami Marlins may be baseball's first seller.

They are willing to listen to trade offers for relievers A.J. Ramos, David Phelps and Kyle Barraclough.

It was reported last week that they are close to dealing Adeiny Hechavarria.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Ichiro, 43, Becomes Oldest To Start Game In Center Field

Jun 26, 2017 6:41 AM

Ichiro Suzuki, 43, has become the oldest player to start a game in center field in the modern era.

He was in the lineup for the Miami Marlins and batting leadoff against the Chicago Cubs on Sunday for the first time this season.

Suzuki broke the record held by Rickey Henderson, who was a month younger when he started in center in 2002 for the Boston Red Sox.

He has played in 63 games this season, mostly as a pinch hitter.

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Tags: Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

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Carlos Rodon Rejoins White Sox, Will Make Season Debut
Carlos Rodon is back with the White Sox and is expected to make his season debut during the club's homestand.

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Yankees Place Aaron Hicks On DL With Ribcage Injury
Aaron Hicks will be out three to four weeks with a ribcage injury on the right side.

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Brewers Claim Stephen Vogt Off Waivers From A's
The Brewers added veteran catcher Stephen Vogt to their roster on Sunday.

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Mets Promote Tim Tebow To St. Lucie
Tim Tebow batted .222 in 212 at-bats for the Columbia Fireflies this season.

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Giants Promote Ryder Jones; DFA Aaron Hill
Aaron Hill batted just .132 in 34 games with the Giants this season.

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A's Make History As Three Teammates Hit First Career HR In Same Game
Matt Olson, Jaycob Brugman, and Franklin Barreto became the second trio in history to each hit their first career home run in the same game.

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O's Win 8-3 To Avoid Dubious Pitching Record
The Orioles pitching staff had given up at least five runs in 20 straight games.

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Roberto Osuna Suffering With Anxiety Issue
Roberto Osuna disclosed his situation to reporters on Saturday morning, after not pitching in a save situation on Friday night.

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Corey Seager Likely To Miss 3-4 Days With Hamstring Strain
Corey Seager suffered the injury in the second inning of Friday's win over the Rockies.

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White Sox Retire Mark Buehrle's No. 56 Jersey
Mark Buehrle spent 12 of his 16 major-league seasons with the White Sox.

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Source: Jorge Mas Becomes Bidder To Purchase Marlins
The Marlins future may be with Jorge Mas, a Cuban-American businessman.

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Yankees DFA Chris Carter; Promote Tyler Austin
Tyler Austin has been recalled from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Asdrubal Cabrera Asks To Be Traded
Asdrubal Cabrera is "not really happy" after the Mets asked him to move to second base.

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Red Sox Retire David Ortiz's No. 34
Big Papi became the 10th person to be so honored by the Boston Red Sox.

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Mike Trout Sought Lifetime Deal From Angels
Mike Trout settled for a six-year extension with the Angels after bringing up the idea of a lifetime deal with the club, according to sources.

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Marlins Could Trade Adeiny Hechavarria Very Soon
The Marlins are expected to trade shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria in the next few days, according to rival executives.

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Blue Jays Unlikely To Sell After Rebounding
The Blue Jays were 11 games under .500 in late April, but have rebounded since and are unlikely to sell off stars at the non-waiver trade deadline.

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Boston Renames Street After David Ortiz
The city of Boston has honored David Ortiz by renaming the street formerly known as Yawkey Way Extension, near Fenway Park, to David Ortiz Drive.

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A's Designate Stephen Vogt For Assignment
Stephen Vogt was an All-Star in each of the past two seasons for the club.

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Derek Jeter Tells MLB He Doesn't Have Money To Buy Marlins
Derek Jeter told Major League Baseball on Thursday that he doesn't have the necessary money to buy the Marlins and is still seeking help from other investors, according to a report.

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