September 2021 - Baseball Wiretap

Shohei Ohtani Has Sore Arm, May Not Pitch Again This Season

Sep 17, 2021 7:15 AM

Shohei Ohtani won't pitch Friday for the Los Angeles Angels because of a sore right arm that could sideline him as a pitcher for the rest of the season.

"If there's any kind of lingering soreness, you may not see him pitch," Joe Maddon said.

Ohtani felt soreness while playing catch Wednesday.

The 27-year-old hasn't pitched since Sept. 10, when he was tagged for six runs on nine hits in 3 1/2 innings in a loss at the Houston Astros.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

Mariners To 'Celebrate Entire Region' At 2023 All-Star Game

Sep 17, 2021 7:21 AM

Seattle was formally unveiled as the host of the 2023 All-Star Game on Thursday.

The announcement was made inside the Space Needle with Hall of Famers Ken Griffey Jr. and Edgar Martinez looking on.

Seattle's first All-Star Game was in 1979 at the Kingdome, and it hosted again 22 years later in 2001 at Safeco Field.

Twenty-two years later, the game will be back at what's now T-Mobile Park.

"I believe that the 2023 All-Star Game will give us the opportunity to celebrate the entire region," Mariners chairman John Stanton said. "I think you have to agree to me, looking out the window today, there is no nicer place in America than Seattle in the middle of summer."

Associated Press

Tags: Seattle Mariners, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Salvador Perez Ties Johnny Bench's Home Run Mark For Catchers

Sep 17, 2021 7:18 AM

Salvador Perez tied Johnny Bench's record for homers in a season by a catcher with his 45th on Thursday night.

Perez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, matching Bench's total from 1970 for the most by a player who played at least 75% of his team's games at catcher.

"We're witnessing a special season," Mike Matheny said. "We're witnessing a special player. To be able to be put in the conversation with one most would say is the best ever is pretty rare."

Perez, 31, is three homers away from matching Jorge Soler's Kansas City Royals' club record from 2019.


Tags: Kansas City Royals, Misc Rumor, Stats

Joe Maddon Would Be 'Very Surprised' If Mike Trout Returns In 2021

Sep 16, 2021 8:46 AM

Mike Trout isn't expected to play the rest of the season, says Joe Maddon.

Trout, 30, has been out of action since mid-May with a right calf injury. Maddon doesn't believe the Los Angeles Angels star will return with just weeks remaining in the season.

"I'm not anticipating anything to change in regards to him playing," Maddon said. "I'd be very surprised."

Trout's rehab has been slowed by soreness in his calf. The manager indicated Trout's desire is to be playing but said he can't see it happening again until 2022.

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Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Injury

Padres Put Blake Snell On IL, Sign Vince Velasquez

Sep 16, 2021 8:41 AM

The San Diego Padres have placed Blake Snell on the injured list with a left adductor groin strain.

San Diego also signed Vince Velasquez to a Minor League contract and recalled Shaun Anderson from Triple-A El Paso.

Snell, 28, injured his groin in the first inning of Sunday's 8-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.


Tags: San Diego Padres, Free Agent Rumor, Injury, Misc Rumor, Signing

Christian Yelich To Give Away 10,000 Tickets To Cardinals Series

Sep 16, 2021 8:38 AM

Christian Yelich is purchasing 10,000 tickets to an upcoming home series against the St. Louis Cardinals and giving them away for free, the Milwaukee Brewers have announced.

Yelich, 29, is buying the tickets in appreciation of the fans.

"The fans are a big part of what we have accomplished this season," Yelich said in a statement. "We want American Family Field to be rocking for that last homestand. And we want to give back in a way that shows how much we all appreciate the enthusiasm and support of the best fans in baseball."

The complimentary tickets will be available beginning at 11 a.m. ET Wednesday at There is a four-ticket limit per game.

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, Misc Rumor

Dodgers Clinch Ninth Consecutive Playoff Appearance

Sep 15, 2021 8:29 AM

Chasing the San Francisco Giants in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers have clinched their ninth consecutive postseason appearance.

The Giants were the first club in Major League Baseball to lock up a berth.

The Dodgers trail the Giants by 2 1/2 games in the division.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Misc Rumor, Team Achievement

MLB To Allow More To Wear Roberto Clemente's No. 21

Sep 15, 2021 8:26 AM

All Puerto Rican players in Major League Baseball will once again be allowed to wear No. 21 to honor Roberto Clemente on Sept. 15.

MLB has extended the honor to all uniformed personnel of Puerto Rican descent this year for the 20th annual Roberto Clemente Day.

In addition, all 2021 Roberto Clemente Award nominees, as well as the six active players who are Roberto Clemente Award recipients, can also wear the No. 21, according to sources.

During the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, when teams played in empty ballparks, MLB allowed all Puerto Rican players to wear the No. 21 to honor the late Pittsburgh Pirates star for the first time, after the Clemente family authorized its use.

It also was the first time the Pirates, the team for which Clemente played his entire Hall of Fame career, honored the life and legacy of "The Great One," with every member of the team wearing No. 21 on their uniforms.

This year, it will also be possible for any player, regardless of heritage or place of birth, to request to wear No. 21, as long as the club is given enough notice to create the uniform.

Marly Rivera/ESPN

Tags: Pittsburgh Pirates, Misc Rumor

Mariners To Host 2023 MLB All-Star Game

Sep 14, 2021 4:38 PM

Seattle has been chosen to host Major League Baseball's All-Star Game in 2023, sources familiar with the decision told ESPN on Tuesday.

Plans to bring the All-Star Game and Home Run Derby back to T-Mobile Park, which last hosted it in 2001 when it was known as Safeco Field, are being finalized, according to sources.

Tags: Seattle Mariners, All-Star, Misc Rumor

Brewers' Ryan Braun Announces Retirement

Sep 14, 2021 4:35 PM

Ryan Braun, the 2011 National League MVP and franchise home run king for the Milwaukee Brewers, announced his retirement Tuesday.

The six-time All-Star selection has not played this season after becoming a free agent when the Brewers declined to exercise a $15 million mutual option in his contract last October.

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, Misc Rumor, Personal Award

Royals Promote Dayton Moore To President, J.J. Picollo To GM

Yankees Move Gleyber Torres To Second Base

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Vlad, Jr. Passes Shohei Ohtani For Home Run Lead


Giants Beat Padres, Clinch First Playoff Berth

Associated Press

Trevor Bauer Out For Remainder Of Season

Matt Snyder/CBS Sports

Padres' Blake Snell Leaves Start With Adductor Strain

Associated Press

Yankees' Aaron Judge Exits Game With Dizziness


Max Scherzer Reaches 3,000th K Milestone, Pitches Immaculate Inning

Corbin Burnes, Josh Hader Combine For MLB Record 9th No-Hitter

Cubs Honor Kris Bryant On Return To Wrigley Field

Chris Sale Tests Positive For COVID-19

Blue Jays Deny Yankees Lead In Series For First Time Since 1924


MLB Denies Hunter Renfroe's Claim About COVID Testing

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Marcell Ozuna Agrees To Diversion Program; DA Could Drop Case


Phillies' Zach Eflin To Have Season-Ending Surgery

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

Rays Sign GM Erik Neander To Multi-Year Extension

Dayn Perry/CBS Sports

Derek Jeter Enshrined In Cooperstown: 'Been A Hell Of A Ride'

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Mariners Shut Down Kyle Lewis For Season

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Nelson Cruz Becomes Oldest Player To Hit 30 Home Runs


Jacob deGrom's Elbow 'Perfectly Intact'; Return Unclear