August 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

Giants' Alex Wood Tests Positive For COVID-19

Aug 31, 2021 8:57 AM

San Francisco Giants starter Alex Wood has tested positive for COVID-19.

Johnny Cueto was scratched from Monday night's scheduled start because of cold and flu-like symptoms, but he tested negative. The Giants placed Cueto on the COVID-related injured list.

Wood has headaches and a sore throat, with Gabe Kapler saying "he is not feeling well at all."

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Shohei Ohtani Won't Pitch Tuesday; Mike Trout Dealing With Soreness

Aug 31, 2021 8:53 AM

Shohei Ohtani will not take the mound for the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night against the New York Yankees in order to give his right hand extra time to heal.

Ohtani was hit in his pitching hand by a 93 mph fastball from Ryan Weathers while swinging during the first inning of Saturday's game against the San Diego Padres.

Joe Maddon compared this situation to late last month, when Ohtani had a start pushed back a couple of days after he took a foul ball off his right thumb in the dugout during a game.

In addition, Mike Trout is experiencing soreness in his right calf after running the bases on Saturday and discussions about shutting him down for the rest of the season are rapidly approaching.

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Indians' Wilson Ramos Out For Year With Torn ACL, MCL

Aug 31, 2021 8:49 AM

Wilson Ramos will require season-ending surgery for torn ligaments in his left knee, the Cleveland Indians have announced.

Ramos tore his ACL and MCL in the seventh inning of Cleveland's win over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday.

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Pirates Fire Hitting Coach Rick Eckstein

Aug 31, 2021 8:47 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have fired hitting coach David Eckstein.

The last-place Pirates have struggled offensively all season. They entered Monday last in the majors in runs scored, home runs, slugging percentage and on-base percentage plus slugging.

"Making the decision now gives us the opportunity to use the rest of the season to focus on improvements in our hitting program while also starting the process of looking for a replacement," Ben Cherington said in a statement. "We wish Rick all the best moving forward."

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Mets Release Josh Reddick

Aug 30, 2021 9:35 AM

The New York Mets have released Josh Reddick from his Minor League contract.

Reddick joined the Mets earlier this month after he was cut loose by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

In 38 plate appearances over 11 games at Triple-A Syracuse, Reddick hit .182/.289/.303 with one home run.

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Nationals To Promote Top Prospect Keibert Ruiz

Aug 30, 2021 9:31 AM

The Washington Nationals have announced that catching prospect Keibert Ruiz has been called up and will start on Monday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The 23-year-old was part of the trade that sent Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Since the trade, Ruiz in 20 games for the Nats' Triple-A affiliate has batted .308/.365/.577 with five home runs, six doubles, and more walks than strikeouts.

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Noah Syndergaard Tests Positive For COVID-19

Aug 30, 2021 1:19 AM

Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard encountered another hurdle in his recovery from Tommy John surgery Sunday when he was scratched from a rehab start because he tested positive for COVID-19, according to multiple reports.

New York manager Luis Rojas said Sunday that Syndergaard had a "non-baseball-related injury." He did confirm that Syndergaard has been vaccinated.

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Javier Baez Among Mets To Take Jab At Fans With 'Thumbs-Down' Sign

Aug 30, 2021 1:16 AM

Javier Baez has had enough of New York Mets fans booing him, and is taking matters into his own hands.

Since his trade to the Mets at the trade deadline, the infielder is hitting .207/.258/.414 with three homers and five RBIs in 16 games. Fans have responded to his struggles at the plate by booing the former Chicago Cub, and during the Mets' 9-4 victory on Sunday over the Nationals, Baez gave a thumbs-down sign to the crowd at Citi Field.

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Shohei Ohtani Becomes First Angel To Have 40/20 Season

Aug 29, 2021 1:14 AM

Two-way sensation Shohei Ohtani reached yet another incredible milestone on Saturday night, as he became the first Angels player to ever hit at least 40 homers and steal 20 bases in a season.

Ohtani reached the mark with his 20th stolen base of 2021, coming in the fifth inning of a 10-2 win over the Padres at Angel Stadium. Ohtani already had reached the 40-homer mark -- he leads the Majors with 41 blasts this year. And it doesn’t include the fact that he’s also 8-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 127 strikeouts in 105 innings as a pitcher this season.

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Dallas Keuchel Say's He Needs To 'Lock It In' Next Month

Aug 29, 2021 1:05 AM

Struggling White Sox lefty Dallas Keuchel understands the upcoming month of September will likely determine his playoff role on the team after lasting just one inning on Friday night against the crosstown Cubs.

"My last 10 starts have been ugly, to say the least," Keuchel said on Saturday. "There's probably only a handful of games where I've been my true self. I need to lock it in this last month. That's for sure."

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Pirates Release Gregory Polanco

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Miguel Cabrera Plans To Retire After 2023 Season

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Diamondbacks' Top Prospect To Have Season-Ending Shoulder Surgery

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Yankees To Activate Corey Kluber On Monday

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Noah Syndergaard Calls Rehab Start 'A Sigh Of Relief'

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Phillies' Rhys Hoskins Done For Year With Abdomen Tear

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Chris Sale Joins Sandy Koufax With Third Immaculate Inning

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Yadier Molina Plans To Retire After 2022 Season

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Astros GM: Justin Verlander Won't Pitch In 2021

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Game 7 Of World Series Scheduled For Nov. 3; Latest Since 2009

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Jacob deGrom Throws; Noah Syndergaard Set For Rehab Stint

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Clayton Kershaw Calls Long Absence 'Frustrating'

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Orioles Snap 19-Game Losing Streak

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A's Chris Bassitt Undergoes Successful Facial Surgery

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Diamondbacks' Caleb Smith Receives 10-Game Suspension

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Orioles One Loss Away From 20 Straight

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Giants' Brandon Belt Dedicates Two-HR Game, Season To Late Grandmother

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Cardinals, Yadier Molina Agree To One-Year, $10M Extension

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Mike Soroka: Re-Tearing Achilles Tendon 'Floored Me'

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Marlins Prospect Edward Cabrera To Make Debut Wednesday

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