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7 What You Need to Know: Baseball's Back, Alright! by Ashley Varela
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Home runs still dominate the highlight reels, Manny Machado's takeout slide leads to some tense aftermath, Dan Straily joins an exclusive strikeout club, and more from the weekend.
The Weekend Takeaway
The home run era isn’t dead just yet, not if
and Aaron Judge and Trevor Story and Giancarlo Stanton and Bryce Harper and Joey Gallo and Willson Contreras have anything to do with it. Daniel Murphy Read the full article... Tyler Chatwood and Dan Straily attempt their first no-hitters of the year, Ender Inciarte makes history at SunTrust Park, and more from this weekend's games.
The Weekend Takeaway
No major-league pitcher has pulled off a no-hitter since
’s no-no against the Reds last April, but that didn’t stop Jake Arrieta and Tyler Chatwood from putting forth some creative no-hit attempts this weekend. Dan Straily Read the full article... Jeremy Guthrie's birthday goes horribly wrong, Felix Hernandez enters a 14-pitch duel with Mike Trout, and more from the weekend.
The Weekend Takeaway
We’ve all had bad birthdays before. Maybe some other kid blew out the candles on your cake, or your grandma bought you itchy socks instead of the Nintendo game you pinned your hopes on, or no one remembered to call to wish you a happy day. Still, there’s a decent chance that your worst birthday memory isn’t quite as bad as
’s last birthday. Jeremy Guthrie Read the full article... Madison Bumgarner and Masahiro Tanaka pitch themselves into the history books, and more from Opening Day.
The Weekend Takeaway
, the last true Renaissance Man of Major League Baseball. Madison Bumgarner Read the full article...
Will the Giants' few offseason acquisitions be enough to net another title in 2017? Kolten Wong needs a starting role, Will Smith needs Tommy John surgery, and the Rays need a right-handed hitter.
Wong frustrated by potential platoon
announced Saturday that he was considering a second base platoon for the upcoming season. It was an unexpected revelation, not only for the media but for starting second baseman Mike Matheny , who was under the impression that he had an everyday role on lock. Wong addressed the change prior to the Cardinals’ game on Sunday, telling the press that he felt the team did not believe in him and going so far as to say that he would rather be traded than benched. Kolten Wong Read the full article... Alex Cobb prepares to depart Tampa Bay, the Diamondbacks shop Nick Ahmed, and Chi Chi Gonzalez takes a turn on the disabled list.
Cobb draws trade interest from Cubs, Dodgers
has been patient for the last two years. He waited through platelet-rich plasma treatments when he was first diagnosed with a torn UCL in 2015. He bided his time through the inevitable Alex Cobb surgery and the accompanying 349-day recovery period. He worked his way back to the mound, slowly and steadily, and pitched 22 innings of 5.04 Tommy John ball that reassured the Rays he still had a usable arm while simultaneously confirming that he was not yet near the 2.69 DRA, 4.4 DRA pitcher he had been in 2014. WARP Read the full article... The Nationals prepare to release Derek Norris, while Julio Urias and Trevor Rosenthal appear on the verge of losing their starting roles.
Rays, Royals could be interested in Norris
The Nationals placed veteran catcher
on waivers Saturday and are expected to release him sometime this week. If they do so before March 15, they’ll only be on the hook for his termination pay, which comes in around $700,000 compared to the $4.2 million salary he would have received in 2017. Norris lost his starting role after the team picked up Derek Norris on a one-year, $10.5 million contract in February. They reportedly made a good faith effort to trade him, but his price tag and abysmal offensive production for the Padres in 2016 made it a tough sell. Matt Wieters Read the full article... Fernando Abad jeopardizes his spot in the Red Sox's bullpen, Brett Lawrie enters free agency, and the Royals decline to open extension talks with core players.
Abad foregoes camp competition for World Baseball Classic
Red Sox relief candidate
will participate in his first World Baseball Classic for Team Dominican. Playing in the WBC is generally regarded as an honor, but in this case it might compromise his chances of making the Opening Day roster. Fernando Abad Read the full article...
February 27, 2017 9:58 am
Josh Hamilton's knee gives out again, Joe Maddon juggles rotation options, and Jose Quintana continues to draw trade interest.
Hamilton to undergo third knee surgery
Everything seemed to align for
’s big-league comeback in 2017, but another bout of knee pain has all but eradicated his chances of joining the Rangers in time for Opening Day. Josh Hamilton Read the full article...
February 20, 2017 6:00 am
Eric Gagne eyes a return to the majors, the Mets talk extension figures with Neil Walker, and the Yankees get into hot water with Dellin Betances.
Gagne considering a major league comeback
is 41 years old. Eric Gagne has not played a full season of baseball at any level since 2009, has not carried a major-league contract since 2008, and has not, as was so elegantly written in the Eric Gagne , “[exorcised] the stoicism out of Dodger Stadium and made it just plain rock” since 2004. Annual Baseball Prospectus 2005 Read the full article...
February 13, 2017 6:00 am
Sean Rodriguez schedules shoulder surgery, Drew Pomeranz and Steven Wright prepare for a spring training delay, and the Cubs and Padres vie for Travis Wood's services.
Rodriguez set to undergo shoulder surgery
It’s been a rough offseason for
. The Braves’ infielder was involved in a serious car crash in late January, one that hospitalized his wife and two of his children after the family’s SUV was t-boned by a stolen police cruiser. While Rodriguez left the scene with “minor injuries,” according to Sean Rodriguez an initial report from WSVN.com’s Ann Kiel, he is scheduled to undergo shoulder surgery later this week. Read the full article...