Baseball Wiretap

Jackie Bradley Jr.'s Slam Leads Red Sox To Game 3 Win

Oct 17, 2018 1:42 AM

Jackie Bradley Jr., the Red Sox center fielder who at one point was batting .161 in the regular season, has turned the ALCS with two clutch, bases-clearing swings of his bat.

One game after smacking a three-RBI double to spark a Game 2 Red Sox win, Bradley hit an eighth-inning grand slam that broke open Game 3 on Tuesday, propelling Boston to an 8-2 win over the Houston Astros and a 2-1 series lead.

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Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Rangers Name Shiraz Rehman Assistant GM

Oct 17, 2018 2:01 AM

The Texas Rangers have hired Shiraz Rehman as assistant general manager after he spent the past seven years in baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs.

Rehman will assist Rangers general manager Jon Daniels in the day-to-day management of major league operations, including player acquisitions, roster management, player contracts and salary arbitration.

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Tags: Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Chris Sale Is Back And 'Good Enough' To Pitch

Oct 17, 2018 1:54 AM

Chris Sale is back with the Boston Red Sox and says he feels well enough to pitch. Whether he'll start Game 5 of the AL Championship Series remains to be seen.

Sale returned to the team Tuesday in Houston after being hospitalized for a stomach illness. The club hasn't specified the ailment or treatment, though manager Alex Cora said it was nothing serious.

"This is what he said: 'I'm good enough,''' Cora said Tuesday night after the Red Sox beat the Houston Astros 8-2 to take a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series.

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Angels Decide To Opt-Out Of Stadium Lease

Oct 17, 2018 1:51 AM

The Los Angeles Angels opted out of their Angel Stadium lease with the city of Anaheim on Tuesday, renewing the possibility they could build a stadium somewhere near their longtime Orange County home.

The team and the city will negotiate on a new deal to keep the Angels in the fourth-oldest ballpark in the major leagues. The Angels also will renew their explorations of the feasibility of building a stadium elsewhere in Southern California.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Clayton Kershaw Undecided Whether He'll Opt-Out

Oct 17, 2018 1:47 AM

Clayton Kershaw, preparing to make what could possibly be his final start with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon, has not decided whether to exercise the opt-out clause in his contract, a decision he must reach shortly after the conclusion of the World Series.

"I have not made a decision," Kershaw said when asked about it prior to Game 4 of the National League Championship Series on Tuesday. "And to my understanding, you get 10 days after the World Series. So, should be a busy 10 days."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers' Fans Boo Grandal, Barnes To Start In Game 4

Oct 16, 2018 2:04 AM

Austin Barnes will once again start in place of Yasmani Grandal in Game 4 of the NLCS Dave Roberts, the Dodgers' manager, announced immediately after Monday's 4-0 loss.

Defensively, Grandal allowed his third passed ball in two starts in the series and also couldn't corral Walker Buehler's sixth-inning breaking ball in the dirt, which went for the wild pitch that allowed Brewers infielder Travis Shaw to score. At the plate, Grandal struck out three times, the last one coming with one out and the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

A sold-out crowd booed Grandal throughout the night.

At one point, a smattering of them began "We want Austin!" chants as a plea for Barnes to replace him, which teammate Enrique Hernandez did not appreciate.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, Game Recap, Misc Rumor

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Chris Sale Released From Hospital

Oct 16, 2018 1:57 AM

Red Sox starter Chris Sale was released from a Boston-area hospital Monday morning and will rejoin the team Tuesday after dealing with a stomach illness, the team announced.

When exactly he will be able to rejoin Boston's rotation in a pitching capacity, however, remains a mystery.

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Cubs Name Anthony Iapoce New Hitting Coach

Oct 16, 2018 1:54 AM

The Chicago Cubs have their third hitting coach in as many seasons after the team announced on Monday that it had hired former Rangers hitting coach, Anthony Iapoce.

Iapoce, 45, replaces Chili Davis, who lasted one year on the job after Davis replaced John Mallee.

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Brewers Blank Dodgers, Take 2-1 Series Lead

Oct 16, 2018 1:50 AM

Brewers starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin combined with four relievers on a five-hitter and Orlando Arcia hit a two-run homer in a 4-0 victory over the Dodgers on Monday that gave Milwaukee a 2-1 lead in the NL Championship Series.

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Braves Give Brian Snitker Two-Year Extension

Oct 15, 2018 12:14 PM

The Atlanta Braves have given manager Brian Snitker a two-year contract extension with a club option for 2021, the team announced on Monday.

Snitker, in his third year managing the team, led the Braves to a 92-70 record and the National League East title, their first division crown since 2013.

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Dodgers To Start Yasmani Grandal Behind The Plate
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has announced that Yasmani Grandal will catch on Monday.

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Chris Sale Hospitalized With Stomach Illness
Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale was admitted to a local hospital on Sunday afternoon.

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David Price Pitches Well Enough In Red Sox Game 2 Win
The Red Sox defeated the Astros by the score of 7-5 on Sunday to even the ALCS at 1-1.

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Justin Turner's HR Wins Game For Dodgers
The Dodgers beat the Brewers by the score of 4-3 on Saturday to even the NLCS at one game apiece.

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Astros Win ALCS Opener 7-2
The defending World Series champion Astros defeated the Red Sox on Saturday night by the score of 7-2.

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Verlander: 'No Set Number Of Seasons Left'
After 14 seasons, Astros starting pitcher Justin Verlander doesn't plan to walk away from baseball anytime soon.

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Aaron Boone Says He Was 'Greedy' With Pitching Moves
Yankees manager Aaron Boone has admitted that he left Luis Severino in Game 3 of the ALDS too long.

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Brewers Hold Off Dodgers To Win Game 1
The Brewers beat the Dodgers 6-5 on Friday night in Game 1 of the NLCS.

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Didi Gregorius To Have Tommy John Surgery
Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius will undergo Tommy John surgery and will miss part of the 2019 season.

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Report: Rangers Interview Joe Girardi
The Rangers interviewed Joe Girardi on Friday in their search for a new manager.

Yankees Believe Luis Severino Tipped Pitches Against Red Sox
A number of people within the Yankees organization believe Luis Severino was tipping his pitches in the team's season-ending loss to the Red Sox this week.

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David Robertson Will Represent Himself In Free Agency
David Robertson will be a free agent this offseason and plans to represent himself.

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Adam Wainwright To Return To Cardinals For 15th Season
The Cardinals have agreed to a one-year deal with Adam Wainwright.

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Cubs Fire Hitting Coach Chili Davis
The Cubs saw a notable drop in offensive production, especially in the second half of the season.

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Kris Bryant Rejected $200M Extension Offer From Cubs
Kris Bryant recently rejected a $200 million multi-year contract extension offer from the Cubs, according to a report.

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Back Remains An Issue For Carlos Correa
While he is expected to be in the lineup for Game 1 of the ALCS, Carlos Correa remains bothered by a back injury that sidelined him earlier this season.

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Nationals Acquire Kyle Barraclough From Marlins
The Nationals have acquired Kyle Barraclough from the Marlins for an unknown amount of international bonus money.

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Chris Sale, Justin Verlander Will Face Off In ALCS Game 1
When the Red Sox and Astros kick off the ALCS on Saturday night, Chris Sale and Justin Verlander will be on the mound.

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Francona Bristles At Suggestion That Jose Ramirez 'Killed' Indians
Terry Francona doesn't believe Jose Ramirez's struggles were the reason why the Indians were eliminated at the hands of the Astros last week.

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MLB Wants 'Integrity Fee' From Casinos
Major League Baseball believes it's only fair that they should get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting earlier this year.

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