Trio of homers power Jackson to first win

Apr 20, 2014 | No Comments

Mike Olt belted a solo home run and Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo each added two-run shots to give Edwin Jackson his first win of the season and lead the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Reds on Saturday, snapping their losing streak at five.

Trio of homers power Jackson to first ‘W’

Apr 20, 2014 | No Comments

Mike Olt belted a solo home run and Darwin Barney and Welington Castillo each added two-run shots to give Edwin Jackson his first win of the season and lead the Cubs to an 8-4 victory over the Reds on Saturday, snapping their losing streak at five.

Williams sits Harper for ‘lack of hustle’

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Manager Matt Williams made it known that he wasn’t going to tolerate lack of hustle from anyone on the Nationals. He showed that he meant business on Saturday afternoon during the team’s 4-3 loss to the Cardinals by removing Bryce Harper from the game.

NL Notes: Braves, Mets, Cubs, Willis

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

The Braves don’t get as much attention as the Cardinals, Athletics or Rays for being well-run teams, but perhaps they should, the New York Post’s Joel Sherman suggests. The Braves’ relative lack of postseason success may be one factor, says Sherman, but they’ve made the postseason three times in the past five seasons. Consistency may be one secret to their success. “They have had strikingly little turnover on the baseball side and their philosophy has been consistent throughout,” says one NL scout. “They are very clear about the type of player they are looking for and acquire those types.” The Braves are off to a great start this season despite losing Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to Tommy John surgery, and Sherman contrasts the Braves’ decision-making heading into the season with that of the Mets. When Medlen and Beachy went down, the Braves acted decisively to replace them, quickly signing Ervin Santana even though he had declined a qualifying offer. The Mets, meanwhile, still have a need at shortstop, and Stephen Drew is still available on the free-agent market. Here are more notes from throughout the National League. Cubs GM Theo Epstein will watch NC State pitcher Carlos Rodon pitch on Friday, 670TheScore.com’s Bruce Levine tweets.

Call at first overturned on O’s first challenge

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

After O’s outfielder Nelson Cruz was originally called out at first in the sixth inning, the umpires overturned the call following a replay review, which meant Cruz had an RBI single and the game against the Red Sox was tied at 2. Baltimore lost the game, 4-2.

Lynn, Cruz battery powers Cards to victory

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Lance Lynn allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings and combined with battery mate Tony Cruz to drive in three runs, as the Cardinals beat the Nationals, 4-3, on Saturday at Nationals Park.

Ike will like his fresh start with the Pirates

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Ike Davis will have a chance to get his career back on track with the Pirates, who could definitely use some more production at first base.

In Bucs-Mets trade, no bigger winner than Ike

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

The Pirates’ trade with the Mets for Ike Davis was a simple one, but a good one. Give Neal Huntington credit for making an early move to improve, and by joining a contender, Davis may feel like he won the lottery.

Week In Review: 4/13/14 – 4/19/14

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

Here’s a look back at this week at MLBTR: Key Moves The Padres signed infielder Jedd Gyorko to a six-year extension that includes five new seasons, going through 2019. The Athletics signed closer Sean Doolittle to a five-year extension. The Pirates acquired 1B Ike Davis from the Mets for RP Zack Thornton and a PTBNL. The Cardinals extended GM John Mozeliak for two years, through 2018. Trades Rangers — acquired P Hector Noesi from Mariners for cash considerations Athletics — acquired C Blake Forsythe from Mets for future considerations Claimed Athletics — P Marcus Walden (from Blue Jays — link) Designated For Assignment Yankees — RP Cesar Cabral (link) Diamondbacks — P Ryan Rowland-Smith (link) White Sox — RP Donnie Veal (link) Rangers — IF Andy Parrino (link) Red Sox — IF Ryan Roberts (link) Astros — SP Lucas Harrell (link) Athletics — OF Sam Fuld (link)  Outrighted Diamondbacks — P Alex Sanabia (link) Rangers — RP Daniel McCutchen (link) Mets — P John Lannan (link) Phillies — RP Brad Lincoln (link)  Retired SS Jason Bartlett (link) C/1B Jeff Clement (link) Released Athletics — RP Joe Blanton (link) Key Minor-League Signings Brewers — P Jeremy Jeffress (link) White Sox — RP Frank Francisco (link)

Nationals reinstate Span from 7-day DL

Apr 19, 2014 | No Comments

The Washington Nationals today recalled from rehab and reinstated outfielder Denard Span from the 7-Day Disabled List and optioned outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to Syracuse of the Triple-A International League. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.