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Jon Singleton Back In Majors For First Time Since 2015

Jun 3, 2023 3:36 PM

First baseman Jon Singleton is back in the major leagues for the first time in eight years after getting promoted by the Milwaukee Brewers.

The Brewers called up Singleton and outfielder Blake Perkins from Triple-A Nashville on Saturday and put first baseman Darin Ruf (right knee laceration) and outfielder Tyrone Taylor (elbow sprain) on the 10-day injured list.

"It's been a long journey," said Singleton, who is starting Saturday's game and batting sixth vs. the Reds. "Right now, I really can't even describe my emotions, my feelings. Definitely grateful."


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Anthony Rendon Won't Be Charged For Altercation With Fan

Jun 2, 2023 8:17 PM

Los Angeles Angels third baseman Anthony Rendon won't be charged for his role in an altercation with a fan on Opening Day, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday.

The incident occurred on March 30 in Oakland, when video showed Rendon grabbing the shirt of a fan who had heckled him. The video also showed Rendon addressing the fan with an expletive shortly after the final out of the Angels' 2-1 loss.


Tags: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Oakland Athletics, Legal, Misc Rumor

Cardinals Set To Recall Top Prospect Jordan Walker

Jun 2, 2023 9:30 AM

The St. Louis Cardinals will recall top prospect Jordan Walker before Friday's game, according to a report.

Walker was demoted on April 26 because the Cardinals wanted him to work on an improved launch angle off the bat. 

He slashed .274/.321/.397 with three doubles, two home runs and 11 RBIs in his first 20 Major League games. However, he had a 58.5 percent ground-ball rate.

John Denton/MLB

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Clubs Have Inquired With Reds About Jonathan India

Jun 2, 2023 9:25 AM

The Cincinnati Reds have received calls from other clubs with trade interest in Jonathan India, according to a report.

The Reds aren't anxious to move India, who will be eligible for arbitration at the end of the year and isn't slated to reach free agency until after the 2026 campaign. 

The 26-year-old is hitting .277/.363/.418 with five home runs, 24 RBI and eight stolen bases in 248 plate appearances this season.

Jeff Passan/ESPN

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Misc Rumor, Trade Rumor

Chris Sale Exits Start Early With Left Shoulder Soreness

Jun 2, 2023 9:20 AM

Chris Sale will get an MRI after leaving the Boston Red Sox's 8-2 win against the Cincinnati Reds early on Thursday because of left shoulder soreness.

Sale departed after Alex Cora and a member of the training staff visited the mound twice in the fourth inning.

He struck out six batters in 3 2/3 innings, allowing five hits and a walk on 59 pitches.

"Hoping for the best. Obviously, it didn't look great. Let's wait and see," said Cora, adding that it was a drop in velocity that prompted Boston to keep Sale on a shorter leash.


Tags: Boston Red Sox, Injury, Misc Rumor

Diamond Sports Group Ordered To Pay MLB Teams' Contracts

Jun 2, 2023 9:15 AM

Diamond Sports Group, the RSN operator that airs broadcasts under the name Bally Sports, must fully pay four Major League clubs to fulfill contracts in question, according to a U.S. bankruptcy judge in Houston.

Diamond, working through bankruptcy proceedings, had argued it should pay the Minnesota Twins, Cleveland Guardians, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers less than what the current deals call for, noting that the rapid rate of cord-cutting throughout the United States.

Judge Chris Lopez, presiding over a case that lasted two full days and included prolonged testimony from MLB commissioner Rob Manfred, ultimately stated that "the contract rate is the right answer here."

The decision likely set a crucial precedent that undercuts Diamond's hope to lower costs by decreasing the value of previously agreed upon contracts, particularly with 28 NBA and NHL teams also under its purview.

"Profitability is certainly decreasing for each team," Lopez said as part of his ruling. "But again, this doesn't mean that the contract rate and those fees under those contracts is not reasonable."

The Twins, Guardians, Diamondbacks and Rangers had already been paid 75% of what they were owed as a means to hold them over until the conclusion of the hearing. 

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

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MLB's Strict Pitch Clock Oversight 'Frustrating' Max Scherzer

Jun 2, 2023 9:07 AM

Max Scherzer is not happy with the strict enforcement of the pitch clock.

Before the fifth inning of the New York Mets' 4-2 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on Thursday, Scherzer got into an intense conversation with plate umpire Tripp Gibson over enforcement of the pitch clock.

MLB rules state there is two minutes between innings for local broadcasts, with pitchers allowed eight warmup pitches.

However, with Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez making the last out of the bottom of the fourth, delaying his arrival behind home plate as he needed time to put on catching gear, Scherzer could not finish his warmup pitches before Gibson signaled for the start of the inning, prompting the discussion between pitcher and umpire.

"Why can't the umpires have discretion in that situation to allow eight normal warmup pitches?" Scherzer said. "Why do we have to be so anal about this to have the clock shoved in everybody's face and try to step out every little second that's going into the game?"

While MLB previously implemented a clock to measure break times between innings in 2015, they were not strictly enforced, giving umpires leeway to let pitchers warm up longer even if the time on the clock expired.

That has changed in 2023, according to Scherzer.

"It's situations like this that really are frustrating not only for pitchers, players, but even umpires," Scherzer said. "That's what Tripp says. Tripp is handcuffed. Why is Tripp handcuffed to not allow something normal, a normal routine. Why can't Tripp make that call?"

Joon Lee/ESPN

Tags: New York Mets, Misc Rumor

Dodgers, Rangers Swap Minor League Pitchers

Jun 2, 2023 9:02 AM

The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired right-hander Ricky Vanasco from the Texas Rangers for left-hander Luis Valdez.

Zack Burdi was also designated for assignment by the Dodgers to make room on their 40-man roster.

Associated Press

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Texas Rangers, Misc Rumor, Official Trade, Trade Rumor

A-Rod 'Shocked And Surprised' By Doug Mientkiewicz's Comments

Jun 1, 2023 8:43 AM

Alex Rodriguez was "shocked and surprised" when former high school and Major League teammate Doug Mientkiewicz made some negative comments about him in a recent podcast.

Last week, Mientkiewicz was on the "Foul Territory" podcast and was asked by A.J. Pierzynski if Rodriguez acknowledges him when they see each other in public settings.

Mientkiewicz said that Rodriguez does acknowledge him but only "in a certain setting" and that for the most part Rodriguez has just distanced himself from his high school teammates. He also said Rodriquez is "going to die a lonely man."

"It's like, 'You're just trying to get into heaven now.'" Mientkiewicz said of Rodriguez. "I'm still friends with my high school team. We still text often, not as often as we should, but we still text, group thread, constantly badgering each other. He's just distant from it. I don't care how good or how great you become and how far your career goes, you never forget your high school dudes."

The comments didn't seem to bother Rodriguez, although he told USA Today that he was "shocked and surprised" and thought the comments were "strange, because I always considered Doug a friend." 

"There's always going to be people out there that have things to say, everyone has an opinion, but I certainly would never talk publicly negatively about any of my teammates, especially someone from high school," Rodriguez added in an interview with Fox 5 NY.

"I mean, look, we're almost 50 now. This is supposed to be the good old days when we look back, and we cringe about some of the weird things that we did, and we're proud of the relationships we built over the years. So, you take that with a grain of salt and you wish everyone well and you move on."

USA Today

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Padres Prospect Ethan Salas, 16, Doubles In Pro Debut

Jun 1, 2023 8:36 AM

San Diego Padres prospect Ethan Salas made his professional debut on Tuesday with the Low Class-A Lake Elsinore Storm.

He became the first 16-year-old prospect to skip over rookie ball and play in Single-A since Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander Julio Urias in 2013.

Starting the game at designated hitter, Salas doubled in his first pro at-bat. The Padres signed him to a $5.6 million bonus on the first day of the 2023 international amateur signing period.

Mike Axisa/CBS Sports

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Yankees Say Stanton, Donaldson, Kahnle Could Return Against Dodgers

Associated Press

Braves Call Up Top Prospect RHP AJ Smith-Shawver

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Diamond Sports Group Fails To Pay Padres, Loses Broadcast Rights

Alden Gonzalez/ESPN

Anthony Bass Apologizes For Sharing Anti-LGBTQIA+ Post


Clayton Kershaw Disagrees With Dodgers' Decision To Honor Sisters

Associated Press

Astros Mock Athletics' Low Attendance Numbers

Chris Bengel/CBS Sports

Cardinals Still Planning To Make Additions At Trade Deadline

Jim Hayes/Bally Sports

Nevada Lawmakers Consider A's Stadium Financing At Hearing

Associated Press

Liam Hendriks Pitches One Inning In 'Emotional' Return

Jesse Rogers/ESPN

Braves' Mike Soroka Goes Six Innings In First Start Since 2020

Associated Press

Brewers Designate Luke Voit For Assignment


A's Designate Jesus Aguilar For Assignment


Angels Promote Prized Prospect Ben Joyce


Liam Hendricks Set To Rejoin White Sox


Royals Release Hunter Dozier; Still Owe Over $16M


O's Option Grayson Rodriguez To Triple-A, Recall Keegan Akin


Aaron Boone Hopes To Find 'Line' With Umpires


Nevada Legislature Sets $380M Price To Build A's Stadium


Orioles After Victory Over Yankees: 'We're One Of Those Juggernauts'

Jake Rill/MLB

Report: Rob Manfred To Urge Brewers To Make Park Upgrades

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel