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Trevor Bauer Calls Out Dodgers Amid Recent Slide

May 11, 2021 8:34 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers went 43-17 last season on their way to a World Series title.

They entered the season with high expectations, but came into the week at 18-17.

"I'm pissed, personally. I freaking hate losing," Trevor Bauer said. "I want to win. That's why I came here. We are not playing up to our capability right now so I'm mad. I'm not going to speak on behalf of anybody else.

"It's early and you can say it's early and you can say there's no need to panic and you can say all these things, and they're all true, but at the end of the day, we're not just going to roll the bats and balls out there and win baseball games."

Having signed as a free agent, Bauer has delivered. He has a 2.50 ERA, a 4.79 K/BB ratio, and an MLB-leading 50 1/3 innings.

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Chris Berman Signs Extension With ESPN

May 11, 2021 8:26 AM

Chris Berman has agreed to a multiyear extension with ESPN.

"We've been working on it for a while, and this was the perfect time to do it," Berman said on his 66th birthday. "ESPN has been almost two-thirds of my life. I'm honored that what I do still works."

Berman has been an integral part of ESPN throughout its history after joining the network a month after its launch in September 1979. Besides being one of the original SportsCenter anchors, he also has been a key part of the network's NFL and baseball coverage.

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Pirates Designate Todd Frazier For Assignment

May 11, 2021 8:23 AM

The Pittsburgh Pirates have designated Todd Frazier for assignment after the veteran hit .086 in 13 games.

Frazier, 35, had just three hits in 35 at-bats with no home runs and four RBIs.

The Pirates signed Frazier to a Minor League contract after he spent last year's pandemic-shortened season with the Texas Rangers and New York Mets.

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Mariners Expected To Call Up Jarred Kelenic

May 11, 2021 8:18 AM

The Seattle Mariners are expected to call up their top prospect Jarred Kelenic on Thursday, according to sources.

Kelenic, the No. 6 pick in the 2018 amateur draft, is ranked as the No. 3 prospect in baseball by ESPN's Kiley McDaniel.

The 21-year-old was sidelined early in spring training by a strained adductor muscle in his left knee. He is batting 9-for-22 with 2 home runs, 5 RBIs, 6 runs scored and 2 stolen bases in five games with Seattle's Triple-A affiliate Tacoma Rainiers.

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Mark Appel Makes First Pro Appearance Since 2017

May 10, 2021 9:05 AM

Mark Appel made his first regular season appearance in a professional game since 2017 on Saturday night.

Appel, the No. 1 overall pick in 2013, started for the Philadelphia Phillies' Double-A affiliate.

He allowed a run on three hits, two walks, and two hit batsmen, though he did strike out four batters before departing in the third inning.

Appel previously walked away from professional baseball ahead of the 2018 season.

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Braves Bring Back Shane Greene On One-Year Deal

May 10, 2021 8:55 AM

The Atlanta Braves have signed Shane Greene to a one-year, $1.5 million deal.

The contract includes a prorated salary. Greene missed the first 38 days of the season, so he will receive about $1.19 million.

Greene agreed to be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett, and he will need time to get ready before pitching in the Major Leagues. The right-hander went 1-0 with a 2.60 ERA and 21 strikeouts in 27 2/3 innings last season.

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Rockies' Prospect Colton Welker Gets 80-Game Suspension

May 7, 2021 8:33 AM

Colorado Rockies prospect Colton Welker has been suspended 80 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.

Welker, 23, drafted in 2016 out of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, is currently on the roster for Triple-A Albuquerque.

The substance he tested positive for was Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), which is in violation of Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

"I want to make it very clear that I have never willingly nor intentionally ingested any substance to enhance my athletic performance. Given the information provided to me by the players' association and laboratory, the amount detected was so minimal that it would have no effect on enhancing my performance," Welker said in a statement.

"I understand that a number of other players, like me, have tested positive for this metabolite at microscopic levels, and I intend to join them in seeking answers as to how this is happening in order to clear my name," he added.

Welker was in the running to take over at third for Nolan Arenado after the eight-time Gold Glove winner was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals in the offseason.

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Angels GM: Move To Cut Albert Pujols Helps Both Sides

May 7, 2021 8:28 AM

The Los Angeles Angels designated Albert Pujols for assignment on Thursday morning, a move that will lead to Pujols' release by the end of the week.

Perry Minasian said the decision was dictated strictly by the baseball-operations department. The numbers indicated playing time should go to Jared Walsh at first base and Shohei Ohtani at designated hitter.

"It's more about opportunity," Minasian said. "Albert is not a bench player. We felt like, for him, with respect to him, keeping him on the bench, him not getting any playing time, would not do him any good or the team any good."

Pujols is steadfast in his desire to continue playing.

"He wants to play every day at first base," president John Carpino said. "His passion is driving there. He really believes it. And I'm happy that he has that strong belief on what he does."

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Tony La Russa Admits Not Knowing Extra-Inning Rule

May 6, 2021 8:29 AM

Tony La Russa admitted he didn't fully know the extra-inning rule that would have allowed him to avoid using closer Liam Hendriks as a baserunner in a 0-0 game against the Reds on Wednesday in Cincinnati.

Hendriks had double-switched into the game in the bottom of the ninth inning, taking the No. 5 spot in the batting order, which made the last out in the top of the frame. Per Major League rules, as extra innings begin, the spot in the order to make the last out in the previous inning becomes the baserunner at second base.

However, if that spot is occupied by a pitcher, the team has the option to use the preceding player in the batting order as the runner. In this case, it would have been Jose Abreu.

"I didn't know that," the Chicago White Sox manager said. "We all thought Liam was going to be the runner. I wasn't aware Abreu could have run. I thought it was the guy that made the last out or the spot in that order."

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Cubs' Pedro Strop Elects For Free Agency

May 6, 2021 8:21 AM

Pedro Strop has elected for free agency after spending most of this season at the Chicago Cubs' alternate site.

Strop, 35, appeared in two games with the Cubs, giving up two hits while striking out three.

He signed a Minor League deal with the Cubs this past offseason.

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