West Notes: Athletics, Giants, Mariners, C. Seager

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

While the Athletics still face an uncertain path to finally landing a new ballpark, the club’s announcement of a target site has gained some support from the business community, Kimberly Veklerov of the San Francisco Chronicle writes. It certainly seems as if there’s some public relations jockeying going on as the ballclub attempts to ramp up its efforts. As Veklerov notes, some of the initial political response was less than fully supportive. More from out west: Across the bay, the Giants have stumbled through a disastrous season. CEO Larry Baer discussed the state of affairs as the campaign comes to an end with Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. It’s an interview you’ll certainly want to read in full, as Baggarly pushed the executive on some interesting subjects

Crew improves standing with shutout of Bucs

Sep 19, 2017 | No Comments

Ryan Braun homered and five pitchers combined for the Brewers’ 11th shutout victory, a 3-0 triumph over the slumping Pirates at PNC Park. With 12 games left on their schedule, the Brewers pulled within 3 1/2 games of the Cubs in the National League Central and two games of the Rockies in the race for the second NL Wild Card.

Syndergaard back on mound, eyes a return

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

Marlins Park’s retractable roof was open Monday afternoon, giving the sun an avenue to beat down on Noah Syndergaard. Dressed in a royal blue T-shirt with the sleeves cut off, Syndergaard twice climbed atop the mound, sweating as he fired 39 pitches in a simulated game.

MLB Weekend Roster Roundup: Duffy, Kipnis, Russell

Sep 18, 2017 | No Comments

ROSTER MOVES BY TEAM (9/16-17) NATIONAL LEAGUE CHICAGO CUBS | Depth Chart Activated from DL: SS Addison Russell Russell played SS and batted 8th in Sunday’s game. Suspensions: C Willson Contreras served a one-game suspension on Sunday. CINCINNATI REDS | Depth Chart Acquisitions: INF/OF D.J. Peterson claimed off waivers from Chicago White Sox No word on whether Peterson will report to the MLB team. He had been playing with Triple-A Charlotte. Transferred to 60-Day DL: RP Drew Storen Storen will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery. Role Changes: SP Tyler Mahle shut down for the remainder of the season (non-injury); P Amir Garrett moved to bullpen; P Rookie Davis and P Jackson Stephens moved to rotation. — AMERICAN LEAGUE BALTIMORE ORIOLES | Depth Chart   Promotions: RP Tanner Scott (contract purchased) TOP PROSPECT Outrighted: RP Richard Rodriguez CHICAGO WHITE SOX | Depth Chart  | 40-Man Roster Tracker Outrighted: C Alfredo Gonzalez CLEVELAND INDIANS | Depth Chart   Activated from DL: 2B/OF Jason Kipnis Kipnis played CF and batted 7th in Sunday’s game.

‘Stro biz: Verlander home debut is clincher!

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

A chance to clinch the American League West title and the home debut of Justin Verlander had the Astros in the mood to party on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

So close! Tigers’ Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

So close! Tigers’ Boyd 1 out shy of no-hitter

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

Matthew Boyd fell an out shy of becoming the first Tigers pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Justin Verlander six years ago, tossing a one-hit shutout in a 12-0 Tigers win over the White Sox Sunday afternoon at Comerica Park.

Reds Claim D.J. Peterson From White Sox

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Reds have claimed infielder D.J. Peterson off waivers from the White Sox. Cincinnati transferred reliever Drew Storen to the 60-day disabled list in a corresponding move. The White Sox also outrighted catcher Alfredo Gonzalez to Double-A Birmingham, reducing their 40-man total to 38, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune tweets. This is the second time this year a club has claimed Peterson. He previously went to the White Sox on Aug. 6 after the Mariners designated him for assignment at the end of July. For Seattle, moving on from the 25-year-old meant cutting ties with a 2013 first-round pick and a player who was once a highly regarded prospect. Peterson struggled this season with the Mariners’ Triple-A affiliate and did the same in his 97-plate appearance stint with the White Sox’s top farm team, giving him a .252/.315/.404 batting line in 518 PAs. The righty-swinger still hasn’t ascended to the majors, and he won’t report to the big league club upon his arrival to the Reds, according to C.

Flag raised as part of Tribe’s clinch celebration

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

The Indians didn’t get to officially clinch their second straight American League Central title after their win on Saturday, so instead, the celebration — made possible by the Twins’ loss later Saturday night — began in front of a raucous sellout crowd before Sunday’s series finale against the Royals at Progressive Field.

Leader Watch: Greinke bolsters Cy Young bid

Leader Watch: Greinke bolsters Cy Young bid

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

Zack Greinke continues to lead the D-backs’ march to the postseason, and his return to steady dominance in 2017 might make him a National League Cy Young Award favorite by the time all’s said and done.

Astros win, magic number at 1

Sep 17, 2017 | No Comments

After topping the Mariners, 8-6, on Saturday afternoon behind a pitching gem from Dallas Keuchel at Minute Maid Park, the Astros lowered their magic number to one for clinching their first division crown since moving to the American League West in 2013.