April 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

Twins Postpone Game Following Police Shooting

Apr 13, 2021 8:14 AM

The Minnesota Twins postponed Monday afternoon's series opener against the Boston Red Sox after 20-year-old Daunte Wright, a Black man, was shot and killed by police during a traffic stop in a Minneapolis suburb Sunday afternoon.

The Twins released the following statement:

"Out of respect for the tragic events that occurred yesterday in Brooklyn Center, and following the additional details in this evolving situation, the Minnesota Twins have decided it is in the best interests of our fans, staff, players and community to not play today's game.

The decision was made by the Minnesota Twins after consultation with Major League Baseball, and local and state officials. Information regarding the rescheduling of today's game, and corresponding ticket details, will be released in the near future.

The Minnesota Twins organization extends its sympathies to the family of Daunte Wright."

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Tags: Minnesota Twins, Boston Red Sox, Misc Rumor

Zack Greinke Throws 51.5 MPH Pitch Against Tigers

Apr 13, 2021 8:29 AM

After giving up three home runs, Zack Greinke tried something new against the Detroit Tigers on Monday night.

Trailing 4-0, Greinke tossed a 51.5 mph eephus pitch to Renato Nunez. It was Greinke's slowest pitch in the tracking era (since 2008) that wasn't an intentional ball. It went for a called strike.

"He really got me on that," Nunez said. "I wasn't expecting that. One of the guys told me earlier that he has that pitch, and it was, 'Hey, get ready for that pitch, then hit a homer.' And I was like, 'OK, if he throws that.' But I didn't [swing].

"I mean, it was way too slow. I will see if he throws me that one next time. Maybe I'm going to swing hard and hit it."


Tags: Houston Astros, Detroit Tigers, Misc Rumor

Diamondbacks Sign Josh Reddick To Minor League Deal

Apr 13, 2021 8:25 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed Josh Reddick to a Minor League deal.

Reddick will receive $750,000 in guaranteed salary if he makes the Major League roster.

The 34-year-old hit .245/.316/.378 in 188 at-bats in 2020.

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Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Signing

Cubs Place Three Relievers On COVID-19 List

Apr 13, 2021 8:23 AM

The Chicago Cubs placed three relievers on the COVID-19 injured list after bullpen coach Chris Young tested positive for the virus.

Jason Adam, Brandon Workman and Dan Winkler weren't with the club when they opened a series against the Milwaukee Brewers on Monday night.

"If there are any symptoms that pop up or things that don't look right, we're being extra cautious right now," David Ross said.

The Cubs have been tested every day since last Wednesday after first base coach Craig Driver tested positive.

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Tags: Chicago Cubs, Misc Rumor

Yankees' Aaron Hicks Sits Out Game After Shooting

Apr 13, 2021 8:18 AM

New York Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks took himself out of the lineup for Monday's series opening win against the Toronto Blue Jays in the wake of the unrest in Minneapolis after the police shooting of Daunte Wright on Sunday.

Aaron Boone said Giancarlo Stanton was also considering sitting the game out, but the slugger ended up playing Monday night in New York's 3-1 win.

"With all that's going on in Minneapolis, he's having a tough time right now," Boone said of Hicks. "Had a conversation in my office and he just felt like it was best to not be in the starting lineup tonight. And I certainly support that and we'll and try to rally around him the best we can. Obviously, the situation is heartbreaking right now in Minneapolis. And I think it has hit Aaron particularly hard."

Hicks was the Twins' first-round draft pick in 2008 and was the franchise's top minor league prospect before making his debut in 2013. The Twins traded Hicks to the Yankees in 2015.

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Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Arizona's Tim Locastro Sets Steals Record With 28th Straight

Apr 12, 2021 8:04 AM

Tim Locastro of the Arizona Diamondbacks stole his 28th career base in Saturday night's game against the Cincinnati Reds.

With it, Locastro broke the Major League Baseball record for most successful stolen bases to start a career.

He's gone 28-for-28 since making his debut with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2017.

"Obviously you always want to get into Cooperstown," Locastro said. "That's what you dream about as a kid, winning the World Series and getting into Cooperstown. So, having my cleats there, that's unfathomable to me."

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Misc Rumor, Stats

Marcus Stroman Rips Decision To Start Mets-Marlins In Rain

Apr 12, 2021 7:58 AM

Sunday's series finale between the New York Mets and Miami Marlins started on time despite rainy conditions, but the game was suspended due to rain after just nine pitches.

The game was delayed for two hours before it was eventually suspended.

Marcus Stroman started the game for the Mets while it was raining and he allowed one hit and recorded one out before his outing was cut short.

"This game should have never been started. Not smart at all," Stroman wrote on Twitter. "Those conditions put everyone at risk. Beyond happy no players on either side were injured. Hate that I have to wait another 5 days to pitch again. That's a miserable feeling. However, #LFGM each and every day!"

Mets manager Luis Rojas told reporters after the cancellation that the decision to start Sunday's game on time for a first pitch at 1:10 p.m. ET was a collaborative one made by both himself and the Mets front office. 

"[The forecast said] lighter rain to mist-like rain so the decision was to go for it and get the game in starting on time," Rojas said. "Obviously it didn't turn out to be a light rain, it was more steady and heavier than what the forecast gave us and that's why it came out as maybe right now, a wrong decision but it was what we decided for based on what we were anticipating."

Sunday's game will resume as the first game of a doubleheader on Aug. 31.

Katherine Acquavella/CBS Sports

Tags: New York Mets, Miami Marlins, Misc Rumor

Braves' Drew Smyly: Upheld Call At Plate 'Embarrassing'

Apr 12, 2021 7:52 AM

A controversial lost replay challenge by the Atlanta Braves in the ninth inning on Sunday night was the difference in the game, as the Philadelphia Phillies came from behind for a 7-6 win.

Philadelphia's Alec Bohm slid home with the eventual winning run as catcher Travis d'Arnaud attempted to apply the tag, moving from the third-base side of the plate to the first-base side, where Bohm was coming in.

Plate umpire Lance Barrett called Bohm safe, though replays showed he might never have touched home plate. After a long delay for the video challenge, the ruling on the field was upheld.

"In real time, it's bang-bang," Drew Smyly said after the game. "We have five different angles on a national televised game, and it's clear that his foot didn't touch the plate. That it was on the chalk. For MLB not to overturn that, it's embarrassing. Why even have replay if you won't overturn that?"

The official ruling from MLB stated the replay official "could not definitively determine that the runner failed to touch home plate prior to the fielder applying the tag."

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Misc Rumor

Dexter Fowler Out For Season With Torn ACL

Apr 11, 2021 4:28 PM

Los Angeles Angels starting right fielder Dexter Fowler has a torn left ACL that will require season-ending surgery, the team announced Sunday.

Fowler, 35, injured himself while sprinting into second base on an attempted forceout in Friday's game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Dunedin, Florida. Fowler beat the throw from Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette and didn't slide, prompting him to arrive awkwardly and crumple to the ground in pain.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

Yankees Option Pitcher Domingo German

Apr 11, 2021 12:57 AM

The New York Yankees optioned right-hander Domingo German to the team's alternate training site following a rough outing in Saturday's 4-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

German allowed four runs and eight hits in four innings, walking one and striking out five. After looking sharp in spring training, the righty has yielded four homers in seven innings over two starts to this season.


Tags: New York Yankees, Misc Rumor

Joe Musgrove Tosses First No-Hitter In Padres' History


MLB Preparing For Blue Jays To Return To Buffalo's Sahlen Field

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Mariners' James Paxton Likely To Need Tommy John Surgery

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MLB Investigating 'Suspicious Baseballs' From Bauer's Latest Start

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Eduardo Rodriguez Wins In Return From Heart Inflammation


Craig Kimbrel Notches 350th Career Save

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Blue Jays Sign GM Ross Atkins To Extension

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Braves Shut Down Mike Soroka With Shoulder Discomfort

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George Springer Now Dealing With Quad Issue

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Yankees Don't Want To 'Push Anything' With Aaron Judge

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Mike Scioscia Named Team USA Manager

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Rangers Trade Rougned Odor To Yankees


Braves Acquire Orlando Arcia In Trade With Brewers


Fernando Tatis, Jr. Lands On IL, Won't Need Surgery


Cody Bellinger Day-To-Day With Injured Calf


Top Draft Prospect Jaden Hill To Undergo Tommy John

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Black Keys Drummer Fills In At Cleveland's Opener

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Fernando Tatis, Jr. Hurts Shoulder On Hard Swing


Coors Field Will Host 2021 MLB All-Star Game

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Texas Gov. Backs Out Of First Pitch After MLB Moves ASG