August 2018 - Baseball Wiretap

Giancarlo Stanton Fifth Fastest To 300 Home Runs

Aug 31, 2018 7:57 AM

Giancarlo Stanton hit his 33rd home run of the season on Thursday, giving him 300 for his career.

Stanton reached the mark in 1,119 games, making him the fifth fastest to hit the milestone behind Ralph Kiner, Ryan Howard, Juan Gonzalez and Alex Rodriguez.

At 28, Stanton was the ninth-youngest player to hit 300.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor, Stats

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Shohei Ohtani Will Return To Mound For Angels On Sunday

Aug 31, 2018 7:53 AM

The Los Angeles Angels have announced that Shohei Ohtani will return to the mound on Sunday night for the first time since spraining the ulnar collateral ligament in his right pitching elbow nearly three months ago.

The Angels will face the Houston Astros on ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball.

Ohtani has thrown up to 50 pitches in the bullpen. It was initially feared that he might need Tommy John surgery.

"We will monitor that very closely," Mike Scioscia said. "We will have a range, but we are going to wait and talk internally to see what he is going to be able to do and see how the game is going."

Ohtani was excellent over nine starts before getting hurt, going 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Misc Rumor

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Yankees Acquire Andrew McCutchen From Giants

Aug 31, 2018 7:46 AM

The San Francisco Giants have agreed to trade Andrew McCutchen to the New York Yankees, according to a source.

According to multiple reports, the Yankees will send infielder Abiatal Avelino and another minor leaguer to the Giants.

McCutchen is batting .255 with 15 homers, 55 RBIs and 13 stolen bases in 130 games this season.

He is in the final season of a six-year, $51.5 million contract he signed in March 2012.

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Tags: New York Yankees, San Francisco Giants, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Astros To Extend A.J. Hinch's Contract

Aug 30, 2018 8:04 AM

The Houston Astros will extend the contract of manager A.J. Hinch.

An official announcement is expected sometime Thursday.

Jeff Luhnow said earlier this summer that his hope was to "have [Hinch] here as my manager for as long as I'm here."

Luhnow received an extension this year that runs through the 2023 season.

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Braves Acquire Lucas Duda From Royals

Aug 30, 2018 8:01 AM

The Kansas City Royals have traded Lucas Duda to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for cash.

The Royals are covering about half of Duda's remaining salary.

Duda is hitting .242/.311/.415 this season.

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Tags: Atlanta Braves, Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Official Trade

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Dodgers Claim Ryan Madson On Waivers

Aug 30, 2018 7:49 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have claimed Ryan Madson off revocable trade waivers from the Washington Nationals.

The Dodgers and Nationals will have 48 hours to work out a trade from the claiming point, which was reportedly Wednesday afternoon.

Madson has $1.36 million remaining on his contract for this season.

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Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

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Rangers Move Martin Perez To Bullpen

Aug 30, 2018 7:41 AM

The Texas Rangers have moved Martin Perez to the bullpen for the remainder of the season.

They have also informed him that they don't plan on picking up his $7.5 million option for 2019.

"We told Martin that if the decision had to be made today, we probably wouldn't exercise the option," Jon Daniels said. "It's possible we could still work something out for him to continue his career here. We want to take this time to evaluate him in a bullpen role."

Perez, 27, has a 6.95 ERA in 68 2/3 innings this season.

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Christian Yelich Hits For Cycle Against Reds

Aug 30, 2018 7:37 AM

Christian Yelich went 6-for-6 and hit for the cycle in the Milwaukee Brewers' 13-12 win over the Cincinnati Reds in 10 innings on Wednesday night.

Yelich is the eighth member of the Brewers to accomplish the feat and he tied a club record with the six hits. He is just the fourth player since 1920 to have six hits in a cycle.

"It's one of those things you never really expect to do," Yelich said. "Obviously, you've got to have some luck involved in it; that's always a factor when you do something like that."

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Albert Pujols Undergoes Season-Ending Knee Surgery

Aug 30, 2018 7:30 AM

Albert Pujols will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his left knee.

The recovery time for the surgery is typically at least six weeks and the last day of the regular season is Sept. 30.

Pujols had gone on the disabled list with inflammation in his left knee.

He has three years remaining on his 10-year, $240 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

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Kenley Jansen Stops Taking Medication After Bad Outings

Aug 29, 2018 8:48 AM

After attributing a terrible week on the mound to medication prescribed to him for his heart condition, Kenley Jansen has stopped taking it.

Jansen spent 11 days on the disabled list with an irregular heartbeat and returned to go 0-2 with a blown save while allowing seven hits, five runs and four home runs in three one-inning appearances last week.

The Los Angeles Dodgers reliever said that he felt like he was "sleepwalking" on the field due to the medication.

"I thought the first day maybe it would get better," Jansen said. "Then the second day, it was the same. And the third day ... "

Jansen, who underwent heart surgery in 2012, expects to have a second surgery in the offseason.

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Cardinals Remove Interim Tag From Mike Shildt's Title
The Cardinals are so happy with the job that Mike Shildt has done since he took over as manager that they've removed the interim tag from his title.

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Aaron Judge Hopes To Return Before Wrist Fully Heals
Aaron Judge said Tuesday that he may return to the Yankees before the chip fracture in his right wrist fully heals.

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Phillies Acquire Jose Bautista From Mets
Jose Bautista is on his third National League East team of the season after starting out with the Braves.

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Gio Gonzalez Drawing Trade Interest From Multiple Teams
Gio Gonzalez has cleared trade waivers and is eligible to be dealt to any Major League team.

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Phillies Claim Jose Bautista, Working On Deal With Mets
The Mets are working on a trade for Jose Bautista after the Phillies claimed him on revocable waivers, according to a source.

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Shohei Ohtani Thinks He Can Pitch Again This Season
Shohei Ohtani threw 50 pitches in three innings at Angel Stadium on Monday as he makes a gradual comeback from a sprained elbow ligament.

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Aaron Judge Improving, Still Not Swinging
Aaron Judge participated in baserunning and fielding drills on Monday at Yankee Stadium.

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Indians Won't Move Jose Ramirez To Second Base
It's been suggested that the Indians move Jose Ramirez to make room for a potential waiver addition at third base.

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Troy Tulowitzki Insists He'll Return As Toronto's SS In 2019
Troy Tulowitzki hasn't played in more than a year, but he insists he'll regain his job as the everyday shortstop for the Blue Jays next season.

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Lance McCullers Unlikely To Start Upon Return To Astros
A.J. Hinch doesn't expect Lance McCullers, Jr. to rejoin the starting rotation upon his return from a forearm injury.

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Josh Donaldson Unlikely To Be Moved By Blue Jays
A waiver trade would be possible if Josh Donaldson got into some rehab games this month, but with time running out that appears unlikely.

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Indians Sticking With Cody Allen Despite Struggles
The Indians won't change the way they use Cody Allen despite a poor performance against the Royals on Friday night.

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Buster Posey Out 6-8 Months With Hip Surgery
The procedure will repair Buster Posey's labrum and to remove a bone spur in his right hip

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Edwin Diaz Sets Mariners Saves Record With 49
Earlier this season, Scott Servais told Diaz that if the closer reached 50, he would get a haircut to match Diaz -- lines and zig-zags shaved into the sides of the head.

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Brewers Unable To Work Out Trade For Matt Harvey
The Brewers claimed Matt Harvey on waivers this week, but they were unable to work out a trade with the Reds.

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Aroldis Chapman Out Two Weeks After PRP Injection
Aroldis Chapman had a plasma-rich platelet injection in his knee Friday and the Yankees will re-evaluate him in two weeks.

Coley Harvey/ESPN

Brewers Demote Struggling Corey Knebel
The Brewers are "searching for answers" for Corey Knebel and have optioned him to Triple-A Colorado Springs.

Adam McCalvy/MLB

Ronald Acuna Damages Wall At Marlins Park With Home Run
Ronald Acuna hit a 432-foot home run in Thursday night's game between the Braves and Marlins.

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Rays Not Expected To Trade Sergio Romo
Sergio Romo was claimed on revocable waivers, but the Rays pulled him back.

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Yu Darvish Relieved By Elbow Diagnosis
Yu Darvish was relieved to receive the elbow diagnosis he did earlier this week as he was questioning what was wrong with him.

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