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Royals Would Put 'Crazy' Asking Price On Whit Merrifield

Jun 18, 2019 8:53 AM

It appears unlikely that the Kansas City Royals will trade Whit Merrifield at this year's deadline.

Dayton Moore called Merrifield "one of the best players in all of baseball right now" and said "the ask would be just crazy" if teams called the Royals about the utilityman.

Merrifield, 30, is playing under a team-friendly contract.

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Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Latest AL All-Star Results Have Astros With Three Starters

Jun 18, 2019 8:37 AM

The latest American League voting results are in with the All-Star Game just three weeks away.

The current voting system will close on Friday at 4:00 PM EST. After that, the top three vote getters at each position will partake in a 28-hour runoff beginning on June 26 to determine the starter.

Monday's results had the following in the lead at their respective position:

Catcher: Gary Sanchez, Yankees

First Base: Luke Voit, Yankees

Second Base: Tommy La Stella, Angels

Third Base: Alex Bregman, Astros

Shortstop: Jorge Polanco, Twins

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels; George Springer & Michael Brantley, Astros

Designated Hitter: J.D. Martinez, Boston

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Tags: Houston Astros, All-Star, Misc Rumor

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Edwin Encarnacion: Being A Yankee 'Is Going To Be Fun'

Jun 18, 2019 8:47 AM

After acquiring him over the weekend, the New York Yankees had Edwin Encarnacion in the lineup for the first time on Monday night.

Encarnacion went 0-for-4 in his debut, but the Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 3-0.

"I saw a lot of pitches. I feel good," Encarnacion said. "I just missed a couple pitches that I know I can hit good. But this is part of the game. I'll get them tomorrow."

New York acquired him from the Seattle Mariners, who started hot but are now 10 games back in their division. The Yankees will give him a chance to enjoy postseason baseball.

“I can’t wait to see that," Encarnacion said. "It’s going to be fun. I know we are going to hit a lot of home runs, and we’re going to win a lot of games, too."

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Dallas Keuchel Expected To Make Debut For Braves On Friday

Jun 18, 2019 8:41 AM

After two Minor League starts, Dallas Keuchel is expected to make his debut with the Atlanta Braves on Friday versus the Washington Nationals.

Over 14 innings, the left-hander allowed three runs and struck out 13 batters.

Keuchel signed a one-year, $13 million deal with the Braves earlier this month.

The Braves have a three-game lead over the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Misc Rumor

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Manny Machado Says He Didn't Bump Umpire, Will Appeal Suspension

Jun 18, 2019 8:30 AM

Manny Machado denies he made contact with plate umpire Bill Welke on Saturday night after being ejected and said he'll appeal his one-game suspension and fine.

"I've just never seen anyone get suspended for arguing balls and strikes, so we'll see what happens," Machado said.

Major League Baseball said the punishment was for "aggressively arguing and making contact'' with Welke.

Asked if he made contact, Machado said: "Not that I believe, so no, but everyone has their own right to write what they want. We have our case and we're going to wait to see what the appeal comes back with. We always have the right to argue balls and strikes and give our opinion on it.

"You could see the video. I mean, I was right the whole way. There's video for it."

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Tags: San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor

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Charlie Blackmon Breaks 58-Year-Old Hitting Mark

Jun 17, 2019 8:03 AM

Charlie Blackmon had 15 hits in the Colorado Rockies' four-game series against the San Diego Padres.

The previous record for hits in a four-game series was 14 -- Buck Jordan of the Boston Braves against the Cardinals, July 17-18, 1934 (consecutive doubleheaders); and Bill White of the Cardinals against the Cubs, July 12-15, 1961.

Blackmon had four hits in each of the first three games of the series.

"The beauty of Charlie is the consistency, day in and day out," Bud Black said. "That's one of Charlie’s strengths, what he does each and every day to prepare to play. He's one of the best I've seen. When you're in a good spot, Charlie is able to maintain it -- which he has done for this stretch of games."

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Tags: Colorado Rockies, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Christian Yelich Hits Double Through Outfield Fence

Jun 17, 2019 7:58 AM

Christian Yelich hit a double through a gap in the outfield fence at Oracle Park on Sunday.

Yelich was denied an RBI and the Milwaukee Brewers a run because a hole in the wall produced a ground-rule double with a runner already on first base.

The hit had an exit velocity of 117.9 mph, the fifth-highest base hit in Major League Baseball this season. It was the hardest-hit ball of any kind by the Brewers since 2015.

It bounced to the wall in the perfect spot to slip through a gap in a fence that allows passersby to watch games for free from the walkway along McCovey Cove.

"That's the first time I've seen it," Bruce Bochy said. "I was a little concerned. Kevin [Pillar, the right fielder], with his experience, did the right thing instead of trying to dig it out. I've never seen that. I didn't know what happened until the replay. You could see it went through the cushion."

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Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor

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Giancarlo Stanton To Return To Yankees On Tuesday

Jun 17, 2019 7:51 AM

Giancarlo Stanton is ready to return to the New York Yankees.

Aaron Boone said he expects Stanton to be activated from the injured list before Tuesday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Stanton has been sidelined since April 1 with a left biceps strain. He then sustained a left shoulder strain while rehabbing the initial injury.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Padres, Rockies Break Four-Game Series Scoring Record

Jun 17, 2019 7:46 AM

The San Diego Padres and Colorado Rockies combined to set a modern-era record by scoring 92 runs in a four-game series.

"A four-game series here, it feels like a month," Eric Hosmer said. "This was a grind."

The Rockies outscored the Padres 48-44 and the two clubs combined for 131 hits at Coors Field.

All told, the four games took more than 16 hours to complete.

Associated Press

Tags: Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Yankees Option Clint Frazier To Triple-A

Jun 17, 2019 4:47 AM

Minutes after he was optioned back to Triple-A on Sunday afternoon, New York Yankees outfielder Clint Frazier admitted he was "pretty surprised" to find out he was being sent down.

"It's a tough pill to swallow, yeah," he said. "It's never fun, especially with how much I felt like I've contributed to this team this year."

ESPN.com

Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

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Angels Expect Justin Upton To Make Season Debut Monday
Justin Upton hist 30 home runs for the Angels last season.

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Twins Retire Joe Mauer's No. 7
An emotional Joe Mauer has his No. 7 jersey retired on Saturday night.

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Dallas Keuchel Eyes Braves After Shaky Minors Outing
Pitcher Dallas Keuchel said he felt good physically and eyes his debut with the Braves.

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Mets Place Noah Syndergaard On IL
The Mets have also activated second baseman Robinson Cano from the injured list.

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Rockies Option Brendan Rodgers To Triple-A
Infielder Brandon Rodgers was the Rockies' top prospect when he was recalled on May 17.

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Sources: Cubs Considering Sportsbook At Wrigley Field
The Illinois' new sports betting law prepares to take effect.

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Sources: M's Trade Edwin Encarnacion To Yankees
Edwin Encarnacion leads the AL with 21 home runs this season.

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Babe Ruth Yankees Jersey Sells For Record $5.64M At Auction
The Babe Ruth jersey sold at auction dates to around the 1928-30 period.

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Yu Darvish: Return To Dodger Stadium 'A Big Deal'
Yu Darvish will take the mound at Dodgers Stadium on Saturday night against his old teammates.

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Angles Designate Cody Allen For Assignment
Cody Allen has a 6.26 ERA over 23 innings in his first season with the Angels.

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Zack Greinke: Throwing No-Hitter Would Be 'A Hassle'
Zack Greinke has made 429 Major League starts, but he's never thrown a no-hitter.

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Ben Zobrist Could Return To Cubs This Season
Theo Epstein says there's a path for Ben Zobrist to return to the Cubs this season.

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Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Japanese Player To Hit For Cycle
Shohei Ohtani is the seventh different Angels player to hit for the cycle and the first since Mike Trout in 2013.

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Tommy Pham: All-Star Process 'Never Going To Be Fair'
The Rays have a 41-26 record and are one of baseball's best stories in the first half of the season.

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Tigers Open To Dealing Veterans At Deadline
Detroit's front office is seeking deals that would strengthen the teamís roster for 2021 and beyond.

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Indians Wouldn't Rule Out Trading Trevor Bauer To Twins
The Indians could move Trevor Bauer before the trade deadline.

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Cody Bellinger Leads All-Star Voting In National League
Cody Bellinger leads all Major Leaguers with 1,189,380 votes in the latest All-Star Game voting returns.

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Suspect In David Ortiz Shooting Was Offered $7,800
The alleged coordinator of Sunday night's attack on David Ortiz was offered 400,000 Dominican pesos, or about $7,800, to carry out the shooting, according to police.

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Padres Send Chris Paddack To Minors
Looking to limit his innings this season, the Padres have optioned Chris Paddack to the Minor Leagues.

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Rangers Preparing To Buy And Sell
Texas entered Tuesday's action in possession of the American League's second Wild Card spot.

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