Baseball Wiretap

Christian Yelich Makes History With Second Cycle Of Season

Sep 18, 2018 8:12 AM

Christian Yelich made history on Monday night when he hit for the cycle against the Cincinnati Reds for the second time this season.

The Milwaukee Brewers outfielder is the first player in Major League history to hit for the cycle against the same team twice in one season.

He's just the fifth player ever to have two cycles in a season. His first cycle came on August 30.

"There's been so many great players to play this game," Yelich said. "It just shows how freaky, I guess, that is. A lot of luck goes into that. It's hard enough to get four hits in a Major League Baseball game, yet alone have them all be the right ones and the right sequence."

Yelich is batting .500 (24 for 48) with seven homers, 17 RBIs and 12 runs against the Reds this season.

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Orioles Tie Franchise Record With 107th Loss

Sep 18, 2018 8:23 AM

The Baltimore Orioles lost to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday night, dropping their record to 43-107.

With 12 games to play, the Orioles have tied their franchise record for losses. The mark was previously set in 1988.

The Orioles are 60 games out of first place in the American League East.

CBS Sports

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Dave Martinez Expected To Return To Nationals

Sep 18, 2018 8:18 AM

The Washington Nationals are fighting to finish above .500 this season, but Dave Martinez is likely to return in 2019.

"I haven't considered any other scenario," Mike Rizzo said when asked if Martinez would return as manager.

Martinez was signed to a three-year deal after the Nationals parted ways with Dusty Baker.

"Honestly, I've never worried about my job. I never did," Martinez said. "We talk every day, and [Rizzo] has been awesome. Ownership has been great. I talk to them. They've been good. There's not one moment where I've feared I'm going to lose my job."

Washington was expected to be a World Series contender this year.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor

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Kolten Wong Upset Rays Didn't Call Up His Brother

Sep 18, 2018 8:03 AM

Kolten Wong is upset that the Tampa Bay Rays haven't called up his younger brother this season.

Kean Wong is batting .282 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs in 116 games for Triple-A Durham this season.

"He's just in a bad organization which doesn't give chances to guys who deserve chances," Kolten Wong said. "That's tough for him. He's a really good player, and not to have a chance is sad."

Kean Wong was named the Triple-A All-Star Game MVP for the International League in July. He was a fourth-round pick by the Rays in 2013, and this is his second season in AAA.

"The guy's done everything. He's been an All-Star. He's been an All-Star MVP. I think he's gone above and beyond for that organization to not have a chance," Kolten Wong added. "To do it in the biggest games and not get a nod ... it's a slap in the face to him. I had to talk to him and kind of keep him going. They called up a couple of guys that were below him [in classification]. They just kind of overlooked him. That's crazy for what he's done in his career."

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

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Orioles Tried To Extend Manny Machado

Sep 17, 2018 8:04 AM

The Baltimore Orioles attempted to extend Manny Machado "several years ago," according to a report.

Machado was dealt to the Los Angeles Dodgers in July for a package of five players.

At an undisclosed time in the past, the Orioles were prepared to pay Machado $64 million to remain in Baltimore for the next eight years. Multiple people familiar with the negotiations remember that the contract would have represented "by far a record" for a player with that limited service at that point in time.

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Tags: Baltimore Orioles, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Alex Bregman Still Upset Diamondbacks Didn't Draft Him No. 1

Sep 17, 2018 7:58 AM

Alex Bregman still hasn't forgotten that the Arizona Diamondbacks passed over him in the 2015 Major League Baseball draft.

"I was super-happy to come to a good organization like the (Houston) Astros, an organization that was up-and-coming," Bregman said. "But, yeah, I was pissed. I wanted to be the No. 1 overall pick. Part of the reason I wear No. 2 is because of that."

Bregman previously claimed he wore No. 2 in part to honor childhood idol Derek Jeter.

The Diamondbacks selected Dansby Swanson first overall in 2015, never seriously considering Bregman.

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Yankees Promote Pitching Prospect Justus Sheffield

Sep 17, 2018 12:58 AM

With spots remaining on their expanded September roster, the Yankees have called up one of their prized prospects, giving him an opportunity to make his long-awaited appearance in pinstripes.

Justus Sheffield, a left-handed pitcher ranked No. 16 among Keith Law's preseason Top 100 prospects, was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

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Mattingly: MLB Should Consider Limiting September Rosters

Sep 17, 2018 12:53 AM

Marlins manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that Major League Baseball should consider limiting roster sizes in the final month of the season, because "the game you play for five months is not the game you play in September."

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Mookie Betts Leaves Game Injured, Expected To Play On Tuesday

Sep 17, 2018 12:50 AM

Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts left Sunday's 4-3 win over the Mets in the sixth inning after appearing to hurt his side while making a throw to home plate.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora said postgame that Betts will get treatment Monday and is expected to play Tuesday afternoon when the Red Sox open a three-game series with the Yankees in the Bronx.

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J.D. Martinez Chasing First Global Triple Crown Since 1956

Sep 14, 2018 8:15 AM

J.D. Martinez has a chance to make Major League history over the final month of the season.

Martinez could finish the season as baseball's overall leader in batting average, home runs and RBI. The last player to lead Major League Baseball in all three categories was Mickey Mantle in 1956.

An American League or National League triple crown is rare as well. It has been achieved just 16 times since the RBI became an official statistic in 1920.

Through Thursday's action, Martinez ranked second in batting average (.330), tied for first in home runs (41) and first in RBI (122).

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Angels Preparing To Offer Mike Trout Lifetime Contract
Mike Trout's current contract runs through the 2020 season.

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Mets Plan To Start David Wright One Last Game
David Wright will return for the Mets' final homestand in what will likely be his final appearance as a Major League player.

Associated Press

Dodgers Replace Alex Wood In Rotation With Ross Stripling
Looking to make a push for the National League West title, the Dodgers are replacing Alex Wood in the rotation with Ross Stripling.

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Felix Hernandez Considered Retirement After Demotion To Bullpen
When the Mariners demoted him to the bullpen earlier this season, Felix Hernandez reportedly considered walking away from baseball.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Alex Rodriguez: 'I Pray I Get In' Hall Of Fame
Alex Rodriguez isn't in the Baseball Hall of Fame, but 10 years after he admitted to steroid use he would still love the recognition.

Cigar Aficionado

Yankees Set To Avoid Luxury Tax For First Time
The Yankees are on pace to avoid the luxury tax threshold for the first time since the penalty started taking effect in 2003.

Associated Press

Joe Mauer Will Consider Retirement This Offseason
Joe Mauer has admitted there's a chance he could retire after this season.

ESPN

Red Sox Reach 100 Wins For First Time Since 1946
The Red Sox are the fastest team to reach 100 wins since 2001 after they beat the Blue Jays 1-0 on Wednesday night.

ESPN

Wilpons Disagree On How Mets Should Approach GM Search
Mets owner Fred Wilpon and COO Jeff Wilpon disagree on how the team should approach hiring Sandy Alderson's replacement as the leader of the front office.

Mike Puma/New York Post

Elvis Andrus Unlikely To Exercise Opt-Out Clause
Elvis Andrus has suggested that he doesn't plan to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, which would allow him to test free agency this winter.

Evan Grant/Dallas Morning News

Trevor Story Makes History With 40th Double As Shortstop
Trevor Story is the first primary-position shortstop to reach 40 doubles, 30 home runs and 25 stolen bases in a season.

ESPN

Red Sox Become First Team To Clinch Playoff Berth
The Red Sox beat the Rays 7-2 on Tuesday night to become the first Major League club to clinch a playoff berth in 2018.

ESPN

Red Sox, Yankees Upset Over Indians' Trade For Josh Donaldson
The Red Sox and Yankees are upset over the circumstances surrounding the Indians' waiver deadline acquisition of Josh Donaldson, according to a report.

The Athletic

Albert Pujols Aiming To Play First Base In 2019
Albert Pujols is aiming to "try to play as many games at first base next year as I can" for the Angels.

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Cubs Shut Down Drew Smyly For Season
Drew Smyly is still recovering from the Tommy John surgery he underwent in June 2017.

ESPN

Aaron Judge Takes BP, But Wrist Pain Lingers
The Yankees still don't have a firm timetable for when Aaron Judge will return.

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Corey Seager Confident He'll Be Dodgers' Shortstop In 2019
Corey Seager is recovering from two major operations -- Tommy John elbow reconstruction and arthroscopic surgery to repair torn left hip labrum and shave a misshaped bone.

Ken Gurnick/MLB

Aaron Judge Still Feels Pain While Swinging
The Yankees are 24-18 since Aaron Judge went down with a broken wrist.

Marc Carig/The Athletic

Kenley Jansen Thought His Season Was Over
Kenley Jansen knew what was happening when his heart started racing, his chest became tight and breathing became difficult while he was on the mound in Colorado earlier this season.

Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

Jorge Lopez Falls Three Outs Short Of Perfect Game
Jorge Lopez nearly made Major League history in Saturday's game between the Royals and Twins.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports