Record power: Nats hit 5 HRs in 3rd, 4 in a row

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Nationals erupted for their own team-wide home run derby during Thursday afternoon’s 15-2 win against the Brewers at Nationals Park, including four consecutive homers and five overall in the third inning. By the fourth, the Nationals had tied a franchise record with eight home runs in a game.

Twins Reportedly Listening To Offers On Short-Term Assets

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

After dropping three straight games to the Dodgers and falling below .500 for the first time since April, the Twins are now fielding offers on their shorter-term assets, reports MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand (on Twitter). That includes right-hander Ervin Santana and newly acquired lefty Jaime Garcia. They’re also getting hits on closer Brandon Kintzler and second baseman Brian Dozier, Feinsand adds. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi suggested yesterday that the Twins would be open to such moves if their struggles continued. [Related: Minnesota Twins depth chart] The 34-year-old Santana paced the Majors in ERA for a full calendar year, working to a 1.75 ERA from June 1, 2016 to June 1, 2017. However, Santana’s peripheral numbers never came close to supporting that aesthetically pleasing figure, and he’s regressed substantially over the past couple of months

A’s Designate John Axford For Assignment

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

The Athletics announced that veteran right-hander John Axford has been designated for assignment as part of a series of roster moves. Catcher Ryan Lavarnway’s contract has been selected from Triple-A, and he’ll take Axford’s spot on the 40-man roster. Lavarnway will step into the 25-man roster spot of  fellow catcher Josh Phegley, who is headed to the 10-day DL with a strained left oblique muscle. Right-hander Ryan Dull, meanwhile, has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. The San Francisco Chronicle’s Susan Slusser suggested last night that Axford could be designated for assignment to upon Dull’s return. The 34-year-old Axford posted solid results in the first season of a two-year, $10MM contract with the A’s in 2016, but his longstanding struggles with control have resurfaced in a significant manner in 2017. Axford has issued 17 walks in 21 innings this season, and he’s paired those control troubles with his highest home-run rate since 2013. He’s still averaged a strikeout per inning with a 50 percent ground-ball rate and an average fastball velocity of 95 mph, but his overall ERA rests at 6.43. ERA alternatives such as FIP (5.73), xFIP (5.31) and SIERA (5.17) don’t paint a much rosier picture for Axford’s work in 2017.

Talking a blue streak: Royals’ run reaches 8

Jul 27, 2017 | No Comments

Eric Hosmer ripped five hits, including his first career grand slam, and the Royals pounded out a season-high 22 hits en route to a 16-2 blowout of the Tigers on Wednesday night at Comerica Park, thus sweeping the three-game series.

Red Sox Sale away with trip-ending shutout

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

Chris Sale proved to be the perfect solution to a four-game Red Sox losing streak Wednesday, as the lefty ace fired seven scoreless innings in a 4-0 victory over the Mariners to claim the three-game series finale. The Red Sox completed a 2-4 road trip to Anaheim and Seattle, during which Sale won the first and last games, with Wednesday’s victory preserving Boston’s one-game lead over the Yankees in the American League East at 56-47.

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Cards recall Mayers as Wainwright hits DL

Jul 26, 2017 | No Comments

The Cardinals recalled right-handed pitcher Mike Mayers from Triple-A Memphis on Wednesday to take the spot of righty Adam Wainwright, who was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

Pitching Market Notes: Gray, Nats, Yankees, Verlander, Royals, Brewers

Jul 25, 2017 | No Comments

We checked in already today on one key factor for the pitching market: the availability of Rangers righty Yu Darvish. And we have just provided an overview of the remaining arms that could be available this summer. Here are some more notable pieces of information with a week to go until the trade deadline: The Nationals and Athletics are still engaged after completing one significant trade, per MLB.com’s Jon Morosi. Whether A’s righty Sonny Gray could come up between the organizations isn’t yet clear, but there are now indications that the Nats are at least beginning to think about the possibility of pursuing a starter. The organization likely would do just that if it finds cause for significant concern with Stephen Strasburg, who just left his most recent start with forearm tightness. And it is worth bearing in mind that Washington will need another starter for 2018 with Joe Ross expected to miss the entire season after Tommy John surgery. But unless the Nationals find evidence of a larger problem for Strasburg, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post wrote yesterday, the club will probably keep its sights set on continuing to improve the bullpen. But a mounting list of injuries could perhaps force the organization to weigh alternatives even as it continues to pace the NL East by a hefty margin.

Kluber’s 14-K gem helps Indians sweep Jays

Jul 23, 2017 | No Comments

The Indians pounced for four runs in the first inning, and that would be more than enough for a dominant Corey Kluber in an 8-1 rout of the Blue Jays on Sunday as Cleveland finished a three-game sweep at Progressive Field.

Latest On Yankees’ Search For Starting Pitching

Jul 23, 2017 | No Comments

The Yankees had a scout on hand to watch Rangers ace Yu Darvish’s eight-inning, 12-strikeout performance in Tampa Bay on Friday, leading to speculation that the Bombers have interest in the right-hander. That is indeed the case, per FanRag’s Jon Heyman, who reports that the Yankees have reached out to the Rangers about Darvish. They’ve also been in contact with the Athletics regarding righty Sonny Gray and the Braves concerning southpaw Jaime Garcia. The connection to Gray isn’t anything new, as Heyman reported earlier this week that the Athletics have “named their price” for the 27-year-old in discussions with New York. The A’s want “top guys” in exchange for Gray, while the same applies to the Rangers if they’re going to trade Darvish, writes Heyman

Lindor’s walk-off HR sparks happiest trot ever

Jul 23, 2017 | No Comments

After missing seven weeks with a right shoulder strain, Danny Salazar came back pitching as well as he ever has, and Francisco Lindor belted his first career walk-off homer as the Indians topped the Blue Jays, 2-1, in 10 innings on Saturday night at Progressive Field.