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Khris Davis Signs Two-Year, $33.5M Extension With A's

Apr 18, 2019 4:26 PM

The Oakland Athletics have signed Khris Davis to a two-year extension worth $33.5 million.

Davis is batting .260 with a major league-leading 10 home runs and 20 RBIs this season.

"Oakland has been a special place for me since I arrived," Davis said in a statement issued by the team. "I love playing here in front of our fans, and my teammates make this feel like a family. I never hid the fact that I wanted to stay in Oakland because that is how I feel and I'm glad that I can continue to call the city of Oakland my baseball home.

"This team has a bright future, and I'm thrilled to be a part of it."

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor, Signing

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Nationals, Anthony Rendon Meet To Discuss Extension

Apr 18, 2019 8:12 AM

The Washington Nationals and Anthony Rendon met before batting practice on Tuesday to discuss a possible contract extension.

It's a sign that there's mutual interest in a deal and Rendon confirmed that it took place.

Washington general manager Mike Rizzo and owner Mark Lerner were present at the meeting.

A deal with Rendon became more likely when the Nationals didn't re-sign Bryce Harper.

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Tags: Washington Nationals, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Braves Lose Arodys Vizcaino For Season

Apr 18, 2019 8:06 AM

The Atlanta Braves have announced that Arodys Vizcaino will miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery to clean up his labrum and remove scar tissue.

Vizcaino made four appearances in 2019, with none coming after April 7.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Dodgers Tie MLB Record For Consecutive Games With HR

Apr 18, 2019 8:03 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have tied a Major League record by hitting a home run in their 32nd consecutive home game.

A.J. Pollock hit a three-run home run in the sixth inning of the Dodgers' 3-2 win over the Cincinnati Reds.

"It's a cool stat, for sure,'' Pollock said. "Honestly, there's a lot of power on this team. These guys are really trying to do damage. They're trying to get pitches to hit, and we like hitting at home."

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Joey Votto Pops Out To First Base For First Time In Career

Apr 18, 2019 7:55 AM

Joey Votto made 6,827 plate appearances before popping out to first base, which he did on Wednesday.

He did it in the Cincinnati Reds' 3-2 loss at Dodger Stadium, fouling out to Cody Bellinger to end the eighth.

Votto had played 1,591 games in a career that began in late 2007 without popping up to first.

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Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor

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A's Offered Kyler Murray $14M To Choose Baseball

Apr 17, 2019 8:00 AM

Kyler Murray, who was the ninth pick in last year's MLB draft, is expected to be a high pick in next week's NFL draft and seemingly intends to play football.

The Oakland Athletics, who drafted Murray, have tried to keep him in baseball by any means necessary.

According to a report, the A's have offered him an additional $14 million in guaranteed money.

The A's had originally signed Murray to a pact that included a signing bonus nearing $5 million. In other words, they would've been willing to guarantee him around $19 million before he'd played in a regular-season game.

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Tags: Oakland Athletics, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Giants May Move In Outfield Fences At Oracle Park

Apr 17, 2019 7:54 AM

The San Francisco Giants' front office is considering some changes to Oracle Park, including moving in the fences in right-center field.

They may also move the bullpens from foul territory to behind the wall.

The 421-foot deep right field corner of Oracle Park has been called "Triples' Alley" because it's very difficult to hit a home run to this spot.

Since the ballpark opened in 2000, the Giants have hit fewer home runs at their home field than any other MLB team.

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Tags: San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor

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Chris Sale: 'I Just Flat-Out Stink'

Apr 17, 2019 7:49 AM

Chris Sale is as frustrated as he's ever been on a baseball field as he continues to struggle to begin the season.

Sale suffered his fourth loss of the season on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees, while his ERA stands at 8.50. He had four defeats during the entire 2018 season.

"I just flat-out stink right now," he said. "I don't know what it is. When you're going good, it's good. When you're going bad, it's pretty bad."

Sale is in the midst of what he called the worst stretch of his 10-year career, which has included six consecutive top-5 finishes in AL Cy Young balloting and, coming into the season, a 2.89 ERA, 103-65 record and 1,789 strikeouts in 1,482⅓ innings.

"I've got to find a way to pitch better," the left-hander said. "This is flat-out embarrassing. For my family, for my team, for our fans. This is about as bad as it gets. I have to pitch better. I keep saying the same things, but at the end of the day, you go out there and give up four runs here, five runs here, seven runs here ... if I get into the sixth or seventh inning like I should -- that's who I am.

"I'm supposed to pitch into the sixth, seventh, eighth inning, finish games and stuff like that, save our bullpen, cut it off when we're losing and keep winning streaks going. That's not who I've been."

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

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Blake Snell Suffers Broken Toe Getting Out Of Shower

Apr 17, 2019 7:43 AM

The Tampa Bay Rays have placed Blake Snell on the injured list with a broken toe.

Snell suffered a fractured fourth toe on his right foot when he got out of the shower and then attempted to move a large granite bathroom stand.

He is the reigning American League Cy Young winner.

"Really dumb," Snell said. "It's like a three-piece set and this pole that comes up like 2½, 3 feet. Went to move it, I lifted it up and it wasn't glued to the pole and the pole came crushing down."

Snell, 26, is 2-1 with a 2.16 ERA in four starts this season.

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Tags: Tampa Bay Rays, Injury, Misc Rumor

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Craig Kimbrel Moving 'Closer' To Signing With Club

Apr 16, 2019 7:49 AM

Craig Kimbrel is moving "closer" to a decision on where he will sign his next contract, according to a source.

However, the decision remains fluid and there is no clear favorite to sign the reliever.

The Milwaukee Brewers are among the teams have have spoken to Kimbrel's agent in recent weeks.

Jon Morosi/MLB

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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Mookie Betts: 'What I'm Doing Is Unacceptable'
The Red Sox are 6-11 and Mookie Betts is slashing .222/.324/.413 and has three homers and seven RBIs.

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Cody Bellinger Hit On Knee, X-rays Negative
Cody Bellinger was hit on the knee by a 96 mph fastball from Reds starter Luis Castillo on Monday night.

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Yasiel Puig Can't Wait To 'Beat My Old Teammates'
The Reds and Dodgers will face off in California for a series beginning on Monday and Yasiel Puig is ready.

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Mets Have Inquired About Dallas Keuchel
Dallas Keuchel, 30, is coming off a season with a 3.74 ERA in 204 2/3 innings.

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Craig Kimbrel Continues To Seek $15M Annually
Craig Kimbrel continues to seek a multi-year deal worth around $15 million annually, according to a report.

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Andy Green Calls Umpires 'Clueless'
Padres manager Andy Green had some choice words for the umpiring crew following Sunday's game against the Diamondbacks.

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Mike Trout To Rejoin Angels In Texas
Mike Trout's injured groin has improved and he will rejoin the team in Texas for a series against the Rangers.

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Braves Send Sean Newcomb To Triple-A
The Braves also placed closer Arodys Vizcaino on the injured list Sunday.

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Pirates' Chris Archer Drops Appeal
Pirates pitcher Chris Archer has begun serving a five-game suspension for an April 7 altercation.

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Matt Moore To Have Knee Surgery
Tigers pitcher Matt Moore is hoping for a recovery time of four to six week.

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Indians Promote Carlos Gonzalez
Veteran outfielder Carlos Gonzalez started the season at Triple-A Columbus.

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Francisco Lindor Could Begin Rehab Assignment Monday
Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor has not played this season because of a right calf strain and a left ankle sprain.

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O's Chris Davis Snaps MLB 0-For-54 Record
Chris Davis singled in the first inning on Saturday off Red Sox starting pitcher Rick Porcello.

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Cubs Lose Victor Caratini To Broken Hand
Cubs catcher Victor Caratini is expected to be out four to six weeks with a fractured left hamate.

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Mike Trout Stays In Anaheim With Groin Injury
Mike Trout will be re-evaluated Sunday after imaging done Friday showed reduced swelling.

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Blue Jays GM: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. MLB Debut 'Sooner Than Later'
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit a home run, and double and had four RBIs for Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

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Dellin Betances Out Six To Seven Weeks
An MRI has revealed that Dellin Betances has a bone spur in his right shoulder.

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Average MLB Franchise Now Valued At $1.78 Billion
Over the 22 years Forbes has released valuations on MLB teams, the average team value has increased at an 11 percent compound annual rate of growth.

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Philadelphia To Host 2026 All-Star Game
Major League Baseball will play the 2026 All-Star Game in Philadelphia to mark the 250th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, according to a report.

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Still Hitless, Chris Davis Is 'Trusting The Process'
Chris Davis is hitless in his first 53 at-bats this season, but the Orioles' first baseman is trying to remain patient.

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